Ashley Gorley

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Ashley Gorley
Birth name Ashley Gorley
Origin Danville, Kentucky, United States
Genres Country, pop
Occupation(s) Songwriter, producer
Instruments Guitar, piano
Years active 2001–present
Associated acts Brad Paisley, Carrie Underwood, Darius Rucker, Kenny Chesney

Ashley Gorley is an award winning songwriter, publisher and producer in Nashville Tennessee. Gorley has written eighteen number one singles and has over two hundred songs accorded by well-known artists Writers for Gorley's publishing venture, Taperoom Music, have celebrated numerous cuts, three top ten singles, and one number one so far.[1]


Gorley is a 1999 graduate of Belmont University and in 2001 signed with Combustion Music Publishing.[1] He has co-written over 100 songs by over 50 artists.[2] Number 1 singles that Gorley composed include "All-American Girl" and "Good Girl" by Carrie Underwood,[3][4] "Start a Band" and "Then" by Brad Paisley, "It Won't Be Like This for Long" by Darius Rucker; other notable Top 10 compositions of his are Paisley's "American Saturday Night" and Jason Aldean's "Laughed Until We Cried". He also co-wrote Jana Kramer's debut single "Why Ya Wanna". Ashley also has a joint venture with his publishing company, Combustion Music, through which he has two writers, Matt Jenkins and Zach Crowell signed to him.[1]

Over his career Ashley has had songs recorded by Carrie Underwood, Brad Paisley, George Strait, Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean, Blake Shelton, Darius Rucker, Kenny Chesney, Rascal Flatts, Tim McGraw, Chris Young, Trace Adkins, Jake Owen, Billy Currington, Joe Nichols, Scotty McCreery, Lauren Alaina, Mark Wills, Jana Kramer, Lee Ann Womack, Miranda Lambert, Jamey Johnson, Kenny Rogers, Gretchen Wilson, Randy Travis, Neal McCoy, Sammy Kershaw, Josh Hoge, Matthew West, Frankie Ballard, and many more.[5]

Selected discography[edit]

Year Artist Album Song Co-written with
2004 Joe Nichols Revelation "I Wish That Wasn't All" Chris DuBois
2005 Carrie Underwood Some Hearts "Dont Forget to Remember Me" Morgane Hayes, Kelley Lovelace
2007 Jason Aldean Relentless "Laughed Until We Cried" Kelley Lovelace
Trace Adkins American Man: Greatest Hits Volume II "You're Gonna Miss This" Lee Thomas Miller
Carrie Underwood Carnival Ride "All-American Girl" Carrie Underwood, Kelley Lovelace
2008 Billy Currington Little Bit of Everything "Walk On" Wade Kirby, Bryan Simpson
Brad Paisley Play "Start a Band" with Keith Urban Dallas Davidson, Kelley Lovelace
Darius Rucker Learn to Live "It Won't Be Like This for Long" Darius Rucker, Chris DuBois
"Drinkin' and Dialin'"
Blake Shelton Startin' Fires "This Is Gonna Take All Night" Chris DuBois
2009 Luke Bryan Doin' My Thing "I Did It Again" Luke Bryan, Brent Stenzel
Joe Nichols Old Things New "Believers" Wade Kirby, Bill Luther
Brad Paisley American Saturday Night "American Saturday Night" Brad Paisley, Kelley Lovelace
"Then" Brad Paisley, Chris DuBois
"Catch All the Fish"
Lee Ann Womack N/A "There Is a God" Chris DuBois
2010 Kenny Chesney Hemingway's Whiskey "Where I Grew Up" Kelley Lovelace, Neil Thrasher
Sammy Kershaw Better Than I Used to Be "Better Than I Used to Be" Bryan Simpson
Darius Rucker Charleston, SC 1966 "Southern State of Mind" Darius Rucker, Chris DuBois
2011 Lauren Alaina Wildflower "Eighteen Inches" Carrie Underwood, Kelley Lovelace
Joe Nichols It's All Good "Take It Off" Dallas Davidson, Kelley Lovelace
Jake Owen Barefoot Blue Jean Night "Heaven" Chris BuBois, Matt Jenkins
Brad Paisley This Is Country Music "Love Her Like She's Leavin"(feat. Don Henley) Brad Paisley, Chris DuBois
"Be the Lake"
Blake Shelton Red River Blue "I'm Sorry" (feat. Martina McBride Chris DuBois, Chris Stapleton
2012 Easton Corbin All Over the Road "All Over the Road" Wade Kirby, Carson Chamberlain
Billy Currington We Are Tonight "Hey Girl" Rhett Akins, Chris DeStefano
Jana Kramer Jana Krammer "Why Ya Wanna" Catt Gravitt, Chris DeStefano
Rascal Flatts Changed "Hot in Here" Dallas Davidson, Kelley Lovelace
"A Little Home" Kelly Lovelace, Neil Thrasher
Carrie Underwood Blown Away "Good Girl" Carrie Underwood, Chris DeStefano
"Thank God for Hometowns" Hillary Lindsey, Luke Laird
2013 Big Time Rush 24/Seven "Picture This" Carlos Pena, Jr., James Maslow, Chris DeStefano
"Just Getting Started" Kendall Schmidt, Logan Henderson, Chris DeStefano
"Na Na Na" Carlos Pena, Jr., Chris DeStefano
Luke Bryan Spring Break...Here to Party "Little Bit Later On" Luke Bryan, Luke Laird
"Spring Break-Up" Luke Bryan
Crash My Party "That's My Kind of Night" Dallas Davidson, Chris DeStefano
"We Run This Town" Dallas Davidson, Kelley Lovelace
"Crash My Party" Rodney Clawson
"I See You" Luke Bryan, Luke Laird
"Play It Again" Dallas Davidson
Brett Eldredge Bring You Back "Don't Ya" Brett Eldredge, Chris DeStefano
Florida Georgia Line Here's to the Good Times "Take It Out On Me" Shane McAnally, Chris DeStefano
Randy Houser How Country Feels "Runnin' Outta Moonlight" Dallas Davidson, Kelley Lovelace
Scotty McCreery See You Tonight "See You Tonight" Scotty McCreery
Joe Nichols Crickets "Yeah" Bryan Simpson
Jake Owen Days of Gold "Ghost Town" Shane McAnally, Chris DeStefano
"One Last Kiss" Shane McAnally, Jimmy Robbins
Brad Paisley Wheelhouse "Tin Can on a String" Brad Paisley, Kelley Lovelace
Darius Rucker True Believers "Radio" Darius Rucker, Luke Laird
Chris Young AM "Aw Naw" Chris DeStefano, Chris DuBois
"Goodbye" Chris Young, Chris DeStefano
2014 Frankie Ballard Sunshine & Whiskey "Young & Crazy" Rhett Akins, Shane McAnally
"Sober Me Up" Dallas Davidson
Luke Bryan Spring Break 6...Like We Ain't Ever "Night One" Luke Bryan, Rhett Akins, Ben Hayslip
Easton Corbin N/A "Clockwork" Wade Kirby, Carson Chamberlain
Dan + Shay Where It All Began "Nothin' Like You" Dan Smyers, Shay Mooney, Chris DeStefano
Lucy Hale Road Between "You Sound Good to Me" Hillary Lindsey, Luke Laird
Rascal Flatts Rewind "Rewind" Chris DeStefano, Eric Paslay
Cole Swindell Cole Swindell "Swayin" Chris DeStefano, Rhett Akins
2015 Reba McEntire Love Somebody "That's When I Knew" Jim Collins

Career awards and achievements[edit]

Grammy Nominations:


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