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Featured SESAC Writers
Beth Nielsen Chapman
Twice Grammy-nominated Nashville based singer-songwriter Beth Nielsen Chapman, and newest member of the Songwriter’s Hall Of Fame this, has released nine solo albums and written seven #1 hits and songs recorded by Bonnie Raitt, Willie Nelson, Bette Midler, Elton John, Neil Diamond, Michael McDonald, Keb Mo’, Roberta Flack, Waylon Jennings, Indigo Girls, & Faith Hill’s Mega-hit "This Kiss,” ASCAP'S 1999 Song Of The Year. Her songs have been featured in film and TV and as an artist Beth’s work has been diverse, from singing in nine different languages on “Prism” (2007) to “The Mighty Sky” (2012) Grammy-nominated astronomy CD for kids of all ages. BBC Radio’s Bob Harris titled her latest “UnCovered” in which she reclaims her hits, features legendary guests from Vince Gill to Duane Eddy. “Sand & Water”, written in the wake of her husband’s death, was performed by Elton John to honor the memory of Princess Diana. A breast cancer survivor and environmentalist, Beth also teaches workshops internationally and considers herself a “creativity midwife”, passionate about inspiring others to fully blossom into their creative life.
Most recently, Beth, along with Olivia Newton-John & Amy Sky have created “LIV ON” - A New Album to Aid & Comfort Those Experiencing Grief & Loss While Using the Power of Music To Heal.
Beth is also the newest inductee into the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame 2016!
Multi Grammy award winner Jim Lauderdale is a "songwriter's songwriter," who's written/co-written many modern classics for iconic artists. As a solo artist, since 1986 up until now, he's created a body work spanning 28 albums of imaginative roots music, encompassing country, bluegrass, soul, R&B and rock, as well as helping pave the way for the current Americana movement. Jim has written songs and worked with some of the finest artists in traditional and modern music, including Robert Hunter, Ralph Stanley, Elvis Costello, George Strait, Buddy Miller, Lucinda Williams, John Oates, Solomon Burke, Lee Ann Womack, Old Crow Medicine Show, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Blake Shelton, the Dixie Chicks, Vince Gill, Patty Loveless, and Gary Allan among others. He also co-hosts a weekly radio show on SiriusXM with Buddy Miller, "The Buddy & Jim Show," and co-host of Music City Roots, the weekly live and radio, podcast and PBS series. In 2016 Jim the Americana Music Association honored Jim with the Wagon Master Lifetime Achievement Award, presented by George Strait.
Richard Leigh has had hits spanning 4 decades and 9 #1 records. He kicked off the 21st century with a top ten hit, "Cold Day In July", recorded by the Dixie Chicks. In September of 2009, his good friend, Billy Dean, recorded an entire album of Leigh’s compositions called Billy Dean Sings Richard Leigh. On November 1, 2015 SESAC presented Leigh with its Songwriter Legacy Award, “for extraordinary artistic achievement with words and music”. Crystal Gayle and Reba McEntire were on hand to help present Leigh with this prestigious award.
To date, Leigh has made fourteen trips to the Top Ten and has written or co-written nine #1 singles: the hauntingly beautiful "Somewhere In My Broken Heart" (written with Billy Dean), voted 1991 Song Of The Year by the Nashville Songwriter’s Association (NSAI), and also by the Academy Of Country Music (ACM); "Only Here For A Little While", (written with Wayland Holyfield); "The Greatest Man I Never Knew" (written with Layng Martine, Jr.), nominated at the 1993 Grammy Awards for Best Country Song); "Come From The Heart" (written with Susanna Clark and recorded by Kathy Mattea); Don Williams’ "Thats The Thing About Love" (written with Gary Nicholson); Steve Wariner’s "Life’s Highway" (written with Roger Murrah); Mickey Giley’s "Put Your Dreams Away" (written with Wayland Holyfield), and the aforementioned “I’ll Get Over You” and “Don’t It Make My Brown Eyes Blue”, both written solely by Leigh and recorded by Crystal Gayle.
Born in Washington, D.C. and raised in Virginia, Leigh is a graduate of Virginia Highlands Community College and Virginia Commonwealth University. On April 11, 2011, Leigh was one, of only four, chosen nationally from the American Community College System to be awarded 2011 AACC Outstanding Alumni Award for excellence in ones chosen field, and for service to ones community.