Brett Beavers

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Brett Beavers
Origin Waco, Texas
Genres Country
Occupations Songwriter, producer
Instruments Bass
Associated acts Dierks Bentley

Brett Beavers, born in Waco, Texas, is an American country music songwriter and producer and the co-author of the book Something Worth Leaving Behind.

Background[edit]

Beavers attended Baylor University where he earned a bachelor of science degree in secondary education[1] in 1985.[2] He spent the next four years playing bass guitar with a small country band throughout Central Texas, honing his skill as a songwriter.[2] After a year away from the music business, when he married and taught high school science in Tyler, Texas,[2] he moved to Nashville, Tennessee to join a band with Deryl Dodd.[3] Shortly after arriving in Nashville, Beavers began touring with Martina McBride as bass player and bandleader, from 1992–1996, and then with Lee Ann Womack from 1997–2005 in the same capacity.[2] During this time period he started a publishing company and began getting his songs recorded by such artists as Tim McGraw and Billy Ray Cyrus.[3] In 2005, he stopped performing and touring to pursue songwriting and producing on a full-time basis.[2]

Beavers' brother, Jim Beavers, is also a Nashville songwriter.

With Dierks Bentley[edit]

Much of Beavers' success has been with Dierks Bentley, for whom he produces and writes most of his songs, a collaboration that began in 2001.[4] The partnership has produced several number one Hot Country Songs, including "Sideways",[5] "Come a Little Closer",[6] "Feel That Fire",[7] and "Every Mile a Memory".[8] In addition to chart-topping success, the pairing has led to a SOCAN[9] and NSAI Achievement Award for "What Was I Thinkin'",[10] a BMI Award Most Performed Song for "Trying to Stop Your Leaving",[11] and Grammy Award nominations for Best Country Song, "Long Trip Alone"[12] and Country Song of the Year, "Every Mile a Memory".[13] The songs that he has written and produced for Bentley have also led to Beavers being honored at the BMI Country Awards every year from 2006–2009.[14][15][16][17]

Author[edit]

Along with Tom Douglas, Beavers wrote the inspirational book Something Worth Leaving Behind, based on the song of the same name that they co-wrote for Lee Ann Womack.[18]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Crossan, Jeff. "Bret Beavers Co-Writes & Produces Top Hits For Country Star Dierks Bentley And Other Artists". Songwriter Universe. Retrieved 21 September 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c d e Rea, James (October 2009). "Producer News From The Row Spotlight on Brett Beavers". Nashville Music Guide. Retrieved 21 September 2010. 
  3. ^ a b Tucker, Susan (1 July 2003). The secrets of songwriting: leading songwriters reveal how to find inspiration & success. Allworth Communications, Inc. p. 2. ISBN 978-1-58115-278-4. Retrieved 21 September 2010. 
  4. ^ "Dierks Bentley "Sideways" Over Partnership". Great American Country. 2 March 2009. Retrieved 23 September 2010. 
  5. ^ Morris, Edward (11 August 2009). "Dierks Bentley, Jim Beavers Take Their Bows for "Sideways"". CMT. Retrieved 23 September 2010. 
  6. ^ Morris, Edward (31 January 2006). "Bentley and Beavers Revel in "Come a Little Closer"". CMT. Retrieved 23 September 2010. 
  7. ^ Morris, Edward (9 March 2009). "Dierks Bentley Savors Sixth No. 1 Single, "Feel That Fire"". CMT. Retrieved 23 September 2010. 
  8. ^ Shelburne, Craig (15 November 2006). "Dierks Bentley Toasts No. 1 at Neighborhood Bar". CMT. Retrieved 23 September 2010. 
  9. ^ "Music Industry Celebrates Canadian Talent at SOCAN Awards". BMI. 22 November 2004. Retrieved 21 September 2010. 
  10. ^ Stark, Phyllis (20 November 2004). "Songwriters Hall Welcomes New Members". Billboard. p. 64. Retrieved 23 September 2010. 
  11. ^ "ole, One of the World's Fastest Growing Independent Music Publishers Launches "adminow," a Leading Edge Transparent, Music Publishing Administration e-Tool". Marketwire. 3 May 2010. Retrieved 21 September 2010. 
  12. ^ Leeds, Jeff (7 December 2007). "Kanye West and Amy Winehouse lead Grammy nominees". Cape Cod Times. Retrieved 21 September 2010. 
  13. ^ "Lindsey and "Jesus Take the Wheel" nominated for two GRAMMY Awards". The News-Reporter. Washington, Georgia. 14 December 2006. Retrieved 21 September 2010. 
  14. ^ "Top BMI Writers, Publishers Honored at 54th Annual Country Awards; Merle Haggard Saluted as BMI Icon". BMI. 3 November 2006. Retrieved 21 September 2010. 
  15. ^ "Willie Nelson, Jeffrey Steele, Sony/ATV Earn Top Honors at BMI Country Awards". BMI. 7 November 2007. Retrieved 21 September 2010. 
  16. ^ "Hank Williams, Jr., Taylor Swift, Casey Beathard, Sony/ATV Earn Top BMI Country Honors". BMI. 11 November 2008. Retrieved 21 September 2010. 
  17. ^ "Kris Kristofferson, Taylor Swift, Bobby Pinson, and More Honored at 2009 BMI Country Awards". BMI. 10 November 2009. Retrieved 21 September 2010. 
  18. ^ "Something Worth Leaving Behind". Thomas Nelson. Retrieved 21 September 2010.