ole Writer Monty Powell In Good Company With Chart-Toppers Keith Urban, Lady Antebellum

If you’re known by the company you keep, prolific songwriter and producer Monty Powell, whose catalog and futures came to ole in the late summer of last year as part of a worldwide co-publishing deal, has a profile that’s platinum-plus. His hit songs have been responsible for driving the sales of more than 50 million albums in total by artists like Keith Urban, Lady Antebellum, Rascal Flatts, Darius Rucker, Restless Heart, Diamond Rio, Billy Ray Cyrus, Brooks & Dunn, Tim McGraw and Chris Cagle.
SESAC’s annual Nashville Music Awards presentations, held this year at the impressive Pinnacle at Symphony Place in downtown Nashville during CMA Week, saw Powell continue his award-winning ways as he picked up a Country Performance Activity Award for the Keith Urban hit song “Til Summer Comes Around.”
For Powell, who was named Songwriter of the Year and took Song of the Year honors at the SESAC Awards in 2009 for another Keith Urban co-write, “Sweet Thing,” this continues a very successful writing collaboration. Powell’s relationship with Urban dates back to 1993 when Urban was in the critically-acclaimed band The Ranch, which would ultimately record for Capitol Records with Powell as their producer. Last year, Powell and Urban picked up SESAC awards for three Keith Urban recorded songs including “Til Summer Comes Around,” “Sweet Thing” and “Kiss A Girl.” That trio of hits was also the recipient of the CMA’s prestigious Triple Play Award, which honors songwriters who pen three chart-topping hits in a 12-month period.
Currently, Powell also has two co-writes – “Stars Tonight” and “If I Knew Then” – on Lady Antebellum’s triple-platinum CD, Need You Now and two on their current platinum album, Own the Night, including “As You Turn Away” and “Somewhere Love Remains,” both co-written with the reigning CMA and ACM Vocal Group of the Year. When the group performed “As You Turn Away” for the taping of a Bravo! Canada Live at the Concert Hall TV special that aired on November 5, lead vocalist Hillary Scott noted that the Monty Powell co-write “was her favourite song on the album.”
Of late, besides continuing his writing collaboration with Keith Urban who has started work on his next album, Powell has also been writing with a new act, the Lunabelles. The group was recently signed to Sony Nashville through co-producer, Jeff Coplan, the person who put together the group Love & Theft, with whom ole had a single last year, “Dancing in Circles.” Powell also has the co-write “I Thought You Knew” on the recently-released MCA Nashville album, The Sound of a Million Dreams, by Grammy-nominated vocalist, David Nail.

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