Ashley Gorley

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Ashley Gorley
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Ashley Gorley
Background information
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 Awards
2015 Reba McEntire Love Somebody "That's When I Knew" Jim Collins
2014 Trisha Yearwood Prizefighter: Hit After Hit "You Can’t Trust The Weatherman" Bryan Simpson, Wade Kirby
Lucy Hale Between Roads "Thats What I Call Crazy" Kacey Musgraves, Chris DeStefano
“You Sound Good to Me” Hillary Lindsey, Luke Laird Single
“Kiss Me” Chris DeStefano, Mike Daly, Lindy Robbins
Gloriana Best Night Ever "Best Night Ever" Hillary Lindsey, Luke Laird Single
Love and Theft "Night That You’ll Never Forget" Dallas Davidson Single
Jason Aldean Old Boots, New Dirt “Just Getting Started” Chris DeStefano, Rhett Akins Top 5 Single, Platinum Album
“Tonight Looks Good On You” Dallas Davidson, Rhett Akins Platinum Album
Dustin Lynch Where It's At “Halo” Matt Jenkins, Jimmy Robbins
“What You Wanna Hear” Ben Hayslip, Rhett Akins
“Middle of Nowhere” Zach Crowell,Dustin Lynch
Dallas Smith Tippin’ Point EP “This Town Ain’t A Town” Rodney Clawson, Chris DeStefano
Jennifer Nettles,Brand Clark His Hands “His Hands” Jennifer Nettles, Hillary Lindsey Single
Florida Georgia Line Anything Goes “Smile” Dallas Davidson, Chris DeStefano Gold Album
Chase Bryant Chase Bryant “Little Bit of You” Derek George, Chase Yaklin
Lee Brice I Don’t Dance “That Don’t Sound Like You” Lee Brice, Rhett Akins
Billy Currington Summer Forever "Don’t It" Ross Copperman, Jaren Johnston Single
Chase Rice Ignite the Night "Do It Like This" Dallas Davidson, Chris DeStefano
“Beer With The Boys” Dallas Davidson, Chase Rice
Frankie Ballard Sunshine & Whiskey “Young & Crazy” Rhett Akins, Shane McAnally Single
“Sober Me Up” Dallas Davidson Single
Luke Bryan Spring Break 6… Like We Ain’t Ever “Night One” Luke Bryan, Rhett Akins, Ben Hayslip Single
Easton Corbin “Clockwork” Wade Kirby, Carson Chamberlain Single
Dan + Shay Where It All Began “Nothin’ Like You" Dan Smyers, Shay Mooney, Chris DeStefano Single
Rascal Flatts Rewind “Rewind" Chris DeStefano, Eric Paslay No.1 Single, Gold Single
Cole Swindell Cole Swindell “Swayin" Chris DeStefano, Rhett Akins
2013 Randy Rogers Band Trouble “Speak of the Devil” Jedd Hughes, Sarah Buxton
Scotty McCreery See You Tonights “ Can You Feel It” Zach Crowell, Scotty McCreery Single
“See You Tonight” Scotty McCreery, Zach Crowell Top 10 Single, Gold Single
“This Is That Night”” Dallas Davidson, Kelley Lovelace
Thomas Rhett It Goes Like This “In A Minute” Thomas Rhett, Rhett Akins
“Take You Home” Rodney Clawson, Chris Tompkins
Jake Owen Days of Gold “Life of the Party” Dallas Davidson, Chris DeStefano
“Good Timing” Dallas Davidson, Zach Crowell
“Ghost Town” Shane McAnally, Chris DeStefano
“One Last Kiss” Shane McAnally, Jimmy Robbins
Luke Bryan Crash My Party “Thats My Kind of Night” Dallas Davidson, Chris DeStefano No.1 Single, , 2x Platinum Single, 2x Platinum Album
“We Run This Town” Dallas Davidson, Kelley Lovelace 2x Platinum Album
“I See You" Luke Bryan, Luke Laird No.1 Single, 2x Platinum Album
“Crash My Party" Rodney Clawson No.1 Single, 2x Platinum Single, 2x Platinum Album
“Play It Again" Dallas Davidson No.1 Single, Platinum Single, 2x Platinum Album
Spring Break Here to Party "Little Bit Later On" Luke Bryan, Luke Laird
"Spring Break-Up" Luke Bryan
Joe Nichols Crickets “Open Up A Can” Kelley Lovelace, Dallas Davidson No.1 Single, , 2x Platinum Single, 2x Platinum Album
“Yeah” Bryan Simpson No.1 Single, Gold Single
Parachute Overnight "Overnight" Will Anderson, Chris DeStefano
Will Hoge Never Give In "Strong" Zach Crowell, Will Hoge Single, National Chevy Truck Campaign Two Years
Big Time Rush 24/Seven "Picture This" Carlos Pena Jr., James Maslow, Chris DeStefano
"Just Getting Started" Kendal Schmidt, Logan Henderson, Chris DeStefano
"Na Na Na" Carlos Pena Jr., Chris DeStefano
Brett Eldredge Bring You Back “Don’t Ya” Brett Eldredge, Chris DeStefano No. 1 Single, Gold Single
Florida Georgia Line Here’s to the good Times… This is How We Roll “Take It Out On Me” Shane McAnally, Chris DeStefano
Randy Houser How Country Feels “Runnin' Outta Moonlight” Dallas Davidson, Kelley Lovelace No.1 Single, Platinum Single
Brad Paisley Wheelhouse “Tin Can on a String” Brad Paisley, Kelley Lovelace
Darius Rucker True Believers “Radio" Darius Rucker, Luke Laird Top 5 Single, Gold Album
Chris Young AM “Aw Naw" Chris Destefano, Chris DuBois Top 5 Single, Gold Album
“Goodbye" Chris Young, Chris DeStefano
“A.M." Chris Young, Chris DeStefano
2012 Rascal Flatts Changed "Hot in Here" Kelley Lovelace, Dallas Davidson Gold Album
“A Little Home” Kelley Lovelace, Neil Thrasher Gold Album
Easton Corbin All Over The Road “Dance Real Slow" Carson Chamberlain, Wade Kirby
“All Over the Road” Carson Chamberlain, Wade Kirby Top 5 Single
Billy Currington We Are Tonight "Hey Girl" Rhett Akins, Chris DeStefano No.1 Single, Gold Single
Jana Kramer Jana Kramer "Why Ya Wanna" Catt Gravitt, Chris DeStefano Top 5 Single
Carrie Underwood Blown Away "Good Girl" Carrie Underwood, Chris DeStefano No.1 Single, 2x Platinum Single, Platinum Album
"Thank God for Hometowns" Hillary Lindsey, Luke Laird Platinum Album
2011 Chris Young Neon "Lost" Chris Young, Chris Dubois
Luke Bryan Tailgates and Tanlines “I Know You’re Gonna Be There” Luke Bryan 2x Platinum Album
Brad Paisley This Country Music “Working on a Tan” Kelley Lovelace, Brad Paisley Gold Album
"Love Her Like She’s Leaving' ”(Feat. Don Henley) Brad Paisley, Chris DuBois Gold Album
"Be the Lake Brad Paisley, Chris DuBois Gold Album
Matthew West The Heart of Christmas "One Last Christmas" Matthew West Single
Lauren Alaina Wild Flower "Eighteen Inches" Carrie Underwood, Kelley Lovelace
Joe Nichols It's All Good "Take It Off" Dallas Davidson, Kelley Lovelace Top 30 Single
Jake Owen Barefoot Blue Jean Night "Heaven" Chris DuBois, Matt Jenkins Gold Album
Blake Shelton (Feat. Martina McBride) Red River Blue "Im Sorry" Chris DuBois, Chris Stapleton Platinum Album
2010 Kenny Chesney Hemmingway's Whiskey "Where I Grew Up Kelley Lovelace, Neil Thrasher Platinum Album
Tim McGraw Emotional Traffic "Better Than I Used to Be" Bryan Simpson Top 5 Single, Gold Single
Darius Rucker Charleston, SC 1966 “Southern State of Mind” Darius Rucker, Chris DuBois Gold Album
2009 Luke Bryan Doin' My Thing "I Did it Again" Luke Bryan, Brent Stenzel Platinum Album
Joe Nichols Old Things New “Believers” Wade Kirby, Bill Luther Top 30 Single
Brad Paisley American Saturday Night “American Saturday Night” Wade Kirby, Bill Luther No.1 Single, Gold Single, Platinum Album
“Then” Brad Paisley, Chris DuBois No.1 Single, Gold Single, Platinum Album
“Catch All the Fish” Brad Paisley, Chris DuBois Platinum Album
Lee Ann Womak “There Is A God” Chris DuBois Released as a single
2008 Billy Currington Little Bit of Everything "Walk On" Wade Kirby, Bryan Simpson
Brad Paisley (Feat. Keith Urban) Play "Start a Band" Dallas Davidson, Kelley Lovelace No.1 Single
Darius Rucker Learn to Live "It Wont Be Like This for Long" Darius Rucker, Chris DuBois Gold Single, 2x Platinum Album
“Drinkin’ and Dialin' " Chris DuBois 2x Platinum Album
Blake Shelton Startin' Fires "This Is Gonna Take All Night" Chris DuBois
2007 Jason Aldean Relentless "Laugh Until We Cried" Kelley Lovelace Top 5 Single, Gold Single, Platinum Album
Trace Adkins American Man: Greatest Hits Volume II “You’re Gonna Miss This” Lee Thomas Miller ACM Single of the Year, ASCAP Song of the Year, # 1 Single, Platinum Single, Platinum Album
Carrie Underwood Carnival Ride “All American Girl” Carrie Underwood, Kelley Lovelace No.1 Single, Platinum Single, 3x Platinum Album
2005 Jace Everett Jace Everett "Everything I Want" Bryan Simpson, Wade Kirby
George Strait Somewhere Down in Texas “If the Whole World Was A Honky Tonk” Bryan Simpson, Wade Kirby Platinum Album
Carrie Underwood Some Hearts “Don’t Forget to Remember Me” Morgane Hayes, Kelley Lovelace No.1 Single, Gold Single, 7x Platinum Album
2004 Joe Nichols Revelation "I wish That Wasn't All" Chris DuBois

Tape Room Discography[edit]

Year Artist Album Song Co-written with Awards
2014 Florida Georgia Line Anything Goes “Confession” Matt Jenkins, Rodney Clawson, Ross Copperman
Dustin Lynch Dustin Lynch “Where It’s At” Matt Jenkins, Zach Crowell, Cary Barlowe No. 1 Single
Blake Shelton Bringing Back the Sunshine “Good Country Song” Matt Jenkins, Jessi Alexander, Tommy Lee James
Sam Hunt Montevallo “House Party” Zach Crowell, Jerry Flowers, Sam Hunt
“Break Up in a Small Town” Zach Crowell, Sam Hunt, Shane McAnally
“Single for the Summer” Zach Crowell, Sam Hunt, Shane McAnally, Josh Osborne
“Cop Car” Zach Crowell, Matt Jenkins, Sam Hunt
"Raised On It" Zach Crowell, Matt Jenkins, Sam Hunt
2013 Keith Urban Fuse “Cop Car” Matt Jenkins, Zach Crowell, Sam Hunt Top 10 Single
Scotty McCreery See You Tonight “See You Tonight” Zach Crowell, Ashley Gorley, Scotty McCreery Top 10 Single
Jake Owen Days of Gold “Good Timing” Zach Crowell, Dallas Davidson, Ashley Gorley
“Tipsy” Matt Jenkins, Shane McAnally, Trevor Rosen
Lecrae Gravity “Confe$$ions” Zach Crowell, Torrance Esmond, Michael Jefferson, Chris Mackey, Lecrae Moore, Derrick Omondi Okoth, Joseph Prielozny Grammy for Best Gospel Album


  1. ^ a b c Music, Combustion. "Ashley Gorley Bio". Combustion Music Publishing. Retrieved 5 June 2012. 
  2. ^ Listing of Ashley Gorley credits on, (accessed December 18, 2014).
  3. ^ Wyland, Sarah. "Carrie Underwood’s "Good Girl" Debuts At No. 1". Great American Country. GAC 2012. Retrieved 5 June 2012. 
  4. ^ Bonaguro, Alison. "Thank You, Ashley Gorley". Country Music Television. CMT 2009. Retrieved 5 June 2012. 
  5. ^ Ashley Gorley. "Ashley Gorley | Compositions". AllMusic. Retrieved 2014-05-24.