Looking for Monty Powell? You don’t have to look far, he is usually hanging around somewhere at the top of the radio and album sales charts. He is also easily found on any one of the 60 million plus records floating around containing one of his songs. As a music business veteran, Monty Powell has successfully honed his songwriting craft and found his niche as a songwriter who often collaborates with such artists as Keith Urban, Rascal Flatts, Chris Cagle, James Otto, Jo Dee Messina, Chuck Wicks, Diamond Rio and Lady Antebellum and many more
Apart from songwriting, Powell is also an accomplished music producer. He co-produced Diamond Rio’s first three albums, two of which are now platinum and one is gold, as well as Keith Urban’s critically acclaimed band The Ranch for Capitol Records. In 1994, he won a CMA “Album of the Year” award for his production work on Common Thread: The Songs of the Eagles. In addition, Powell produced “Working Man’s Blues” by Jed Zepplin (Steve Wariner, Lee Roy Parnell and Diamond Rio) on the highly acclaimed Mamma’s Hungry Eyes: A Tribute to Merle Haggard. Powell co-produced the debut RCA album by Chuck Wicks, as well as pop/jazz singer-songwriter Anna Wilson.
Over his career as a professional songwriter, Powell has written for many major music publishers. He currently writes for ole music publishing. A top honor among his many career highlights was his 2006 CMA nomination for “Song of The Year” with Keith Urban’s, Tonight I Wanna Cry. Monty also recently won the CMA triple play award for having written three #1 songs in one calendar year “Sweet Thing”, “ I Wanna Kiss a Girl” and “ Til Summer Comes Around” all with Keith Urban. In addition Powell was named SESAC’s Songwriter Of The Year in 2009 and his song “Sweet Thing” was named Song of the Year. Monty has continued to stay on top of the ever shifting music landscape by penning two cuts on Lady Antebellum’s mega hit “Need You Now” album and two more for their successful follow up “Own the Night” Collaborating again with Keith Urban he wrote the theme song for the action movie “Act of Valor” that was released in February of 2012.