Monty Shares in Keith Urban, Lady A Success

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ole Writer Monty Powell Shares in Keith Urban, Lady Antebellum Success at Grammys

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The recent 53rd annual Grammy Awards turned out to be another milestone moment for a trio of hit songs co-written by ole writer Monty Powell and chart-topping country artist, Keith Urban. On the night, Urban picked up the award for Male Country Vocal Performance for “’Til Summer Comes Around.”

“Keith actually texted me from the Grammys while the show was on,” says Powell. “He said, ‘I just won my fourth Grammy, this time for ‘Til Summer Comes Around.’ You know that two of the four Grammys that I have won have come on songs that you and I wrote together in the same week.’ The other one was ‘Sweet Thing.’ He picked up a Grammy for that song in the same category last year.

“We wrote ‘Til Summer Comes Around’, ‘Sweet Thing’ and ‘Kiss A Girl,’ which were all number ones off his last album, Defying Gravity, if not on back-to-back days, it was definitely in the same week within a three-day period. We were really on a good roll there and the feeling was good in the studio. We were just locked in that creative space. It was cool to see ‘Til Summer Comes’ Around’ finish out that album with a Grammy.”

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In October of last year, those same three songs earned Urban and Powell a prestigious Country Music Association (CMA) Triple Play Award, which honors songwriters who pen three chart-topping hits in a 12 month period.

Back at this year’s Grammys, Monty Powell was also able to bask in the reflected glow of Lady Antebellum’s big night as the country crossover group picked up a leading five Grammys, including Best Country Album, for Need You Now on which Powell has two co-writes: “Stars Tonight” and “If I Knew Then.” The set, which has been certified triple platinum, had also been nominated as Album of the Year.

“They had such a huge night,” notes Powell. “It was just great to have two songs on the album which has been so successful. I’ve got things that are going to be on the new Lady Antebellum record that they’re in the studio recording right now. I also have a wonderful song on the new Keith Urban record called ‘Shut Out the Lights’ that I’m really excited about.”

Powell, who concluded a catalog purchase and worldwide co-publishing deal with ole in the late summer of last year, has also been responsible for hit songs that in the past have helped drive the sales of more than 50 million albums in total by artists like Restless Heart (“Dancy’s Dream”), Diamond Rio (“Norma Jean Riley,” “Nowhere Bound”), Billy Ray Cyrus (“Could Have Been Me”), Brooks & Dunn (“I Am That Man”), Tim McGraw (“One of These Days”), Chris Cagle (“What A Beautiful Day,” “Miss Me Baby”) and Keith Urban (“Days Go By,” “Tonight I Wanna Cry”).

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