SESAC celebrates songwriters and publishers at the 2022 Nashville Music Awards

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Josh Jenkins Named Songwriter of the Year
‘Fancy Like’ voted song of the year
SMACK Named Publisher of the Year

NASHVILLE, Tenn., November 7, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — SESAC celebrated its songwriters and music publishers behind the year’s most played country and American songs at the company’s annual Nashville Music Awards – held in person for the first time in three years – tonight at the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum.

Josh Jenkins was named SESAC Songwriter of the Year after his extremely successful year, he wrote hits such as “Buy Dirt”, recorded by Jordan Davis with Luke Bryanand “Fancy Like”, recorded by Walker Hayes. “Buy Dirt” recently received the NSAI Song of the Year award and is nominated for the same award at 56e CMA Annual Awards. “fancy like,” published by SMACK, also received the SESAC award song of the year. CLAP won the title of Editor of the Yearhaving already received the trophy in 2020.

SESAC Affiliates Lee Brice and white brown teamed up to kick off the evening with a performance of Brice’s latest single “Soul”, which was recently certified gold by the RIAA. Jordan Davis was on hand to perform “Buy Dirt” alongside his brother Jacob Davis and their co-writers and brother duo Josh and Matt Jenkins. Megane Moroney serenaded the band with their latest viral hit “Tennessee Orange” which garnered over 45 million streams in just over two months.

Additionally, Affiliate Derek Wells received the Spirit of SESAC award in recognition of his musical contributions by performing on over 100 number one songs. The song that reached this impressive milestone, “Like I Love Country Music” – recorded by Kane Brown and co-authored by affiliate SESAC Matt McGinn – was honored with a performance activity award at the ceremony. Honoring Derek by performing a medley of some of these hits was Brinley Addington, Joey Hyde, mike walker, Aaron Eshuis, Phil Lawsonand Allison Veltz Cruz.

The celebration was hosted by SESAC’s Vice President of Creative Services Shannan Outbreak. Over 400 songwriters, publishers and industry professionals attended the awards show, sponsored in part by Barre3 NashvilleBritish M, Dr. Bronner’s, Essentia, Ettitude, Flying Embers, Garnier, Havaianas, I’m With The Band, Justin’s, Karma, Lano, Opopop, Poppi, Rise Brewing, Simply Gum, Sio Beauty, Soapy Faith, Sound Royalties, Still standing, The Spa Dr. and The Electric Jane.

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Honored:

“FANTASY LIKE”
Written by:
Josh Jenkins
Published by:
Follow Me Where I Go, SMACK Songs, Kobalt Group Publishing
Saved by:
Walker Hayes

“BUY DIRT”
Written by:
Josh Jenkins
Published by:
Follow Me Where I Go, SMACK Songs, Kobalt Group Publishing
Saved by:
Jordan Davis ft. Luke Bryan

“SAME BOAT”
Written by:
Zac Brown, Ben Simonetti
Published by:
Day for the Dead Edition, Kobalt Group Edition
Saved by:
Zac Brown Band

“FREEDOM WAS A HIGHWAY”
Written by:
jimmy allen
Published by:
Endurance Juliet, Sony Music Publishing
Saved by:
jimmy allen and Brad Paisley

“WILD HEARTS”
Written by:
Jennifer Wayne
Published by:
Wild Wild Wild West Songs, BMG Silver Songs
Saved by:
Keith Urban

“7500 OBO”
Written by:
Matt McGinn
Published by:
McGinndependence Day, SMACK Songs, Kobalt Group Publishing
Saved by:
Tim McGraw

“LAST NIGHT ALONE”
Written by:
Joe Fox
Published by:
Liz Rose Music, Warner Chappell Music
Saved by:
Jon Pardi

“THE TRUTH ABOUT YOU”
Written by:
Matt Alderman
Published by:
Good Vibes Good Times Music, Curb Congregation Songs
Saved by:
Mitchell Tenpenny

“HOW I LOVE COUNTRY MUSIC”
Written by:
Matt McGinn
Published by:
McGinndependence Day, SMACK Songs, Kobalt Group Publishing
Saved by:
Kane Brown

“AT THE TOP”
Written by:
Jeremy Bussey
Published by:
Hit By The Buss Music, Songs of Fluid, Spirit Music Nashville
Saved by:
Luke Bryan

“SWEET HOME”
Written by:
Casey Brown
Published by:
Blue Corolla Oklahoma, Feel Your Creative Pulse Music
Saved by:
Russell Dickerson

“23”
Written by:
Chris LaCorte
Published by:
Card tables Music, Concord Tunes, Hang Your Hat Hits
Saved by:
Sam Hunt

“HELLBENT FOR LEATHER”
Written by:
Ray Wylie Hubbard
Published by:
Snake Farm Publishing, BMG Silver Songs
Saved by:
Ray Wylie Hubbard

“GOOD THINGS”
Written by:
Hayes-Carll
Published by:
Highway 87 Publishing, BMG Silver Songs
Saved by:
Hayes-Carll

“MODERN WOMAN”
Written by:
Erin Rae
Published by:
Good Memory, Confidentially Canadian Publishing
Saved by:
Erin Rae

“IN THE DREAMS”
Written by:
Sierra Ferrel
Published by:
Abel ElbaImpulse Music Editing
Saved by:
Sierra Ferrel

“THE OPPORTUNITY TO HELP SOMEONE THROUGH THIS”
Written by:
Jim Lauderdale
Published by:
Wudang Mountain Songs, BMG Money Songs
Saved by:
Jim Lauderdale

About SESAC PRO:

SESAC Enforcement Rights Organization is the second oldest PRO in the United States. It improves licensing efficiency for music users and improves value for its affiliated authors, publishers and composers by providing fast and efficient royalty collection and distribution. SESAC PRO represents over 30,000 songwriters and film composers from a wide range of genres, including artists such as Adele, Burna Boy, Christopher Beck, Rosanne Cash, David Croby, Neil DiamondBob Dylan, Lalah HathawayKesha, Gabriel MannREM and many others. SESAC music group is a music licensing leader and innovator administering public performing, mechanical and other rights through SESAC PRO and its affiliates including Harry Fox Agency, Rumblefish and Mint Digital Services. SESAC Music Group has offices in New York, Nashville, Los Angeles, London and Munich.

Media Contact:
Jenna Smith
SESAC inc.
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615.932.7905

SOURCE SESAC Music Group

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