Casey Beathard

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Casey Beathard
Origin Spring Hill, Tennessee, United States[1]
Genres Country
Occupation(s) Songwriter
Years active 1998-present
Associated acts Trace Adkins
Gary Allan
Tracy Byrd
Kenny Chesney
Tracy Lawrence

Casey Michael Beathard is an American country music songwriter. The son of former NFL general manager Bobby Beathard,[2] he has co-written singles for several country music recording artists, including Top Ten singles for Gary Allan, Billy Ray Cyrus, Trace Adkins, and Kenny Chesney. In 2004 and 2008, he received Broadcast Music, Inc.'s Songwriter of the Year award for his contributions.[1][3]

Biography[edit]

Beathard moved to Nashville, Tennessee, in 1991 to find work as a songwriter. After finding work at various jobs in Nashville, he was eventually signed to a songwriting contract; his first cut as a songwriter was the title track of Kenny Chesney's 1998 album I Will Stand, which was released as a single that year.[2] (Chesney would later record "No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems", another Beathard co-write, in 2002.)[2] By the 2000s, many other country music artists would record Casey's material as well, including Trace Adkins, Gary Allan, Tracy Byrd, and Billy Currington. For his contributions as a songwriter, Beathard received a Songwriter of the Year award from Broadcast Music Incorporated in 2004 and 2008.[3]

In 2006, he received his first credit as a record producer, when he co-produced the track "I Wanna Feel Something" on Trace Adkins' Dangerous Man album. This was also Adkins' first co-production credit.[4]

A year later, Beathard received additional honors from BMI as the co-writer of Tracy Lawrence's single "Find Out Who Your Friends Are", Lawrence's first Number One in eleven years, and the first single for his personal Rocky Comfort label.[5]

Beathard graduated from Elon University in Elon, NC, in 1990 with a degree in business management. While at Elon, he was a member of Kappa Sigma Fraternity and played football.

Beathard's son, CJ, is a redshirt sophomore quarterback at the University of Iowa.

Themes[edit]

Several of Casey's songs are up-tempo party anthems, occasionally centering on alcoholic beverages. The latter theme is most evident on the three cuts recorded by Byrd — "Ten Rounds with Jose Cuervo", "Drinkin' Bone", and "How'd I Wind Up in Jamaica" — as well as Trent Willmon's debut single "Beer Man", and "The World Needs a Drink" by Terri Clark.[2] He has occasionally shown a more serious side to his songs as well, such as Jeff Bates's "The Love Song," Billy Currington's "Walk a Little Straighter," and Billy Ray Cyrus's "Ready, Set, Don't Go".[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Spring Hill's Casey Beathard is BMI's newly awarded Songwriter of the Year". Entertainment News. 2004-11-13. Retrieved 2007-12-28. 
  2. ^ a b c d e "Casey Beathard". Broadcast Music Incorporated. 2004-12-01. Retrieved 2007-12-28. 
  3. ^ a b "BMI Celebrates Country Music at 2004 & 2008 Awards; Shania Twain, Toby Keith & Casey Beathard Lead Winners; Loretta Lynn Honored as BMI Icon". Business Wire. 2004-11-09. Retrieved 2007-12-28. 
  4. ^ "On the Cover – Trace Adkins". Music Row. August 2006. Retrieved 2007-12-28. [dead link]
  5. ^ Morris, Edward (2007-08-08). "Ed Hill, Casey Beathard Lauded for Tracy Lawrence No. 1". CMT. Retrieved 2007-12-28.