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John Mayer, Monty Powell GRAMMY ON THE HILL Awards is to amplify the voice of music creators among national policy makers.

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012

John Mayer & Buddy Guy Jam 2012 GRAMMYs On The Hill Awards; Rep. Howard Berman Honored!
By Daniel Swartz on April 26, 2012

John Mayer and Buddy Guy jammed together on-stage for nearly 30 minutes at the 2012 GRAMMYs On The Hill Awards.

The Guest List:
Brendan Kownacki, Daniela Kelley, Jen Richer, Nikki Schwab, Todd Flournoy, Tommy McFly
CAPITOL HILL — Over a dozen sitting members of Congress, from both sides of the aisle, united on Wednesday evening in the pursuit of stronger intellectual property rights for artists, songwriters, and other music makers, at The Recording Academy’s eleventh annual GRAMMYs On The Hill Awards.

Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, John Mayer, and Recording Academy President/CEO Neil Portnow.

Returning to the grand ballroom of The Liaison Capitol Hill hotel for another year, yesterday’s ceremony honored U.S. Representative Howard Berman (D-CA) and eight-time GRAMMY-winner John Mayer for their respective roles in advocating on behalf of the music community and leveraging the power of music to improve the lives of others.

Senator Orrin Hatch, Monty Powell, and Anna Wilson (not pictured) collaborated on a song together for the night.

In addition to a sea of Congressional members, including Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Congresswoman Linda Sanchez (D-CA), Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ), Congressman Hank Johnson (D-GA), and Congressman Joe Crowley (D-NY), special guests for the occasion included Cheap Trick guitarist Rick Nielsen (who performed the National Anthem), Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, GRAMMY Award-winning producer Jimmy Jam, and event host Luke Russert.

The evening struck the right chord between the serious and the humorous, with Congressman Berman even quipping that the title to the Mayer song ‘Your Body Is A Wonderland’ was the perfect way to describe how “the House feels about the Senate.”

Congressman Howard Berman.

Yet it was Mayer who struck perhaps the most somber tone in his remarks concerning his experiences in working with returning combat veterans.

Paul Wall and Jimmy Jam.

The first and foremost goal of GRAMMYs On The Hill is to amplify the voice of music creators among national policy makers. And while the awards ceremony is perhaps the most glamorous part of the occasion, even more important is the day of advocacy that follows the event inside the walls of the Capitol itself.

Buddy Guy.

But policymaking nevertheless was the last thing on the minds of guests yesterday, as soon as six-time GRAMMY-winner Buddy Guy took the stage for the event’s closing performance. Accompanied by his backup band, he performed a nearly 10-minute set for the audience before asking Mayer to join him. And together, they then proceeded to carry-out a nearly 30 minute jam session, including a handful of guitar ‘duals’ (no winner emerged).

John Mayer.

Audible proof that the music community is indeed something worth fighting for!
Be sure to check out all 249 of our photographs from this event HERE!

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Keith Urban/ Monty Powell “For You”/ Act of Valor Movie

Wednesday, January 11th, 2012

Keith Urban is venturing into film — at least with his music. Urban and frequent co-writer Monty Powell recently penned the song “For You” for the new Navy SEAL action thriller Act of Valor.

The song, which will be featured during the film’s end credits, marks the first time Urban has written and recorded a song specifically for a movie.

“I loved the challenge of writing for a film,” Urban said in a statement. “I’ve never done that before. After seeing Act of Valor, my co-writer and I wanted to capture the essence of not only what these men and women do so extraordinarily, but how that relates to all of us.”

Act of Valor, which stars a group of active-duty Navy SEALs along with Roselyn Sanchez, Alex Veadov, Jason Cottle and Nestor Serrano, will be in theaters Feb. 24.

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

Tuesday, November 29th, 2011

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.

C lazy U Ranch Hosts Grammy Winning Monty Powell

Sunday, July 17th, 2011

• C Lazy U Ranch, Granby, Colo. After the ropin’ and ridin’, join two Grammy-winning singer-songwriters for a live performance and the opportunity to discover how you might pen or perform an award-winning tune. Pros Monty Powell and Anna Wilson will be on hand for this one-time event July 24-31. That week and throughout the season, families relish time spent horseback riding in stunning Colorado country, gourmet dining, fly-fishing on private water, trap shooting, archery, plus yoga and spa activities. The ranch is well known for its kids’ adventure program.

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Monty Shares in Keith Urban, Lady A Success

Thursday, February 24th, 2011

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

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.”

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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Sunday, February 13th, 2011

Keith Urban & Monty Powell co-write Wins Grammy!y
Grammy Awards 2011: Lady Antebellum, Keith Urban early winners

* February 13th, 2011 6:34 pm CT

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Lady Antebellum picked up two Grammy Awards Sunday night in the pre-telecast ceremony in Los Angeles. Keith Urban also won best male country vocal performance in the early ceremony.

Lady Antebellum won best country song and best country performance by a duo or group with vocals for their smash hit, “Need You Now.” Urban won for his single, “Til Summer Comes Around.” Other early winners included the Zac Brown Band and Alan Jackson for best country collaboration with vocals for “As She’s Walking Away,” and Patty Loveless for best bluegrass album.

Lady Antebellum is nominated for several more awards during the live telecast, including Best New Artist, Song of the Year and Album of the Year. The group will perform during the live ceremony, along with Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga, Rihanna, Drake, Katy Perry and Mick Jagger.

Lady Gaga caused a stir on the red carpet when she arrived encased in an egg carried by four models. She is set to debut her new single, “Born This Way” during the awards. Other celebrities walking the red carpet were Jennifer Lopez, Marc Anthony, Selena Gomez and Adam Lambert.

The 53rd Annual Grammy Awards air live on Little Rock’s KTHV at 7 p.m. CST.
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Lady A Kicks Off Super Bowl “Stars Tonight”

Tuesday, February 1st, 2011

“Stars Tonight” Co-Written by Monty Powell
Are you ready for some football and an all new season of Glee?

Lady Antebellum has been selected by Westwood One Sports to kick off the official NFL pre-game radio coverage of Super Bowl XLV on Sunday, February 6 beginning at 3pm CT. Broadcasting on over 640 radio stations, including the American Forces Radio Network, which provides programming to America’s military forces around the globe. The coverage will feature a special version of the fan favorite song “Stars Tonight” mixed with highlights from the Packers’ and Steelers’ winning seasons.

Immediately following the big game on FOX, Lady A’s “Need You Now” will be featured on the highly anticipated post Super Bowl episode of FOX’s Emmy award winning musical comedy, Glee.

Be sure to listen to the NFL pre-game radio coverage and then Glee’k out!

Grammy Nomination “Till Summer…!

Thursday, December 2nd, 2010

Grammy Nomination Announced Today for “Till Summer
Comes Around”….written by Keith Urban and Monty Powell !!

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