Craig Wiseman

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Craig Wiseman
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Background information
Birth name Craig Michael Wiseman
Origin Hattiesburg, Mississippi, United States
Genres Country
Occupations Songwriter
Years active Late 1980s-present
Associated acts Phil Vassar, Kenny Chesney, Tim McGraw, Roy Orbison, Blake Shelton

Craig Michael Wiseman (born in Hattiesburg, Mississippi[1]) is an American country music songwriter. Active since the late 1980s as a songwriter, he has had his songs recorded by Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, Kenny Chesney, LeAnn Rimes, and several other acts. He has written over a dozen songs that have peaked at #1 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs music charts, and has won a number of industry awards.


His credits include the Number One singles "The Good Stuff" by Kenny Chesney and "Live Like You Were Dying" by Tim McGraw, which were declared by Billboard as the Number One country songs for the years of 2002 and 2004, respectively; "Live Like You Were Dying" also earned Wiseman the 2004 Grammy Award for Best Country Song.

Three of his compositions won awards for being among the most played songs of 2007: Rimes' Top Five hit "Something's Gotta Give", Chesney's Number One hit "Summertime", and Brooks & Dunn's Top 20 "Hillbilly Deluxe".[2]

Several more of Wiseman's compositions have been Number One hits, including "Just Another Day in Paradise" and "In a Real Love" by Phil Vassar, "Love Me If You Can" by Toby Keith, "If the Good Die Young" by Tracy Lawrence, "She's Got It All" for Chesney, and "Tell Her" by Lonestar, as well as "Everywhere", "Where the Green Grass Grows", and "The Cowboy in Me" for McGraw and "Hillbilly Bone" by Blake Shelton and Trace Adkins.

Publishing history[edit]


Charting singles[edit]

Incomplete list of songs written or co-written by Wiseman, with selected peak chart positions.
Year Title Artist US chart peaks Album Certifications
US Ctry Pop Adult Rock
1994 "If the Good Die Young" Tracy Lawrence 1 Alibis platinum album
1995 "Walkin' Away" Diamond Rio 2 IV Gold album
"A Little Bit of You" Lee Roy Parnell 2 We All Get Lucky Sometimes
1997 "Everywhere" Tim McGraw 1 Everywhere
"Where the Green Grass Grows" 79 1
"She's Got It All" Kenny Chesney 1 I Will Stand Gold album
2000 "Tell Her" Lonestar 39 1 Lonely Grill 3x platinum album
"Just Another Day in Paradise" Phil Vassar 35 1 Phil Vassar
2001 "The Cowboy in Me" Tim McGraw 33 1 Set This Circus Down 3× platinum album
2002 "The Good Stuff" Kenny Chesney 22 1 No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems Billboard #1 country song of year
"Shoulda Woulda Coulda" Beverley Knight Who I Am Gold album, #10 on UK Singles Chart
2004 "In a Real Love" Phil Vassar 38 1 Shaken Not Stirred
"Live Like You
Were Dying
Tim McGraw 29 1 4 Live Like You Were Dying Billboard #1 country song of year
2004 Grammy for Best Country Song
2005 "Something's Gotta Give" LeAnn Rimes 51 2 This Woman Song won ASCAP awards for writing[3]
2006 "Summertime" Kenny Chesney 34 1 51 The Road and the Radio
"Hillbilly Deluxe" Brooks & Dunn 86 16 Hillbilly Deluxe Gold single
2007 "Love Me If You Can" Toby Keith 48 1 Big Dog Daddy
2008 "A Baby Changes Everything" Faith Hill 36 1 Joy to the World Gold album
"Voices" Chris Young 53 1 The Man I Want to Be
2009 "Hillbilly Bone" Blake Shelton 4 1 Hillbilly Bone Song named ACM "Vocal Event of 2010"
2012 "Chalk Outline" Three Days
1 Transit of Venus Loudwire "Rock Song of the Year"
"Misery Loves My Company" 1 '14 Juno Awards nominee for Best Rock Album
2013 "Boys 'Round Here" Blake Shelton 12 2 Based on a True Story… 2× platinum single
"Started with a Song" Brett Kissel Started with a Song No. 3 on Canada Country chart
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Songwriting credits[edit]

Main article: List of songs written by Craig Wiseman. See also: Category:Songs written by Craig Wiseman


  1. ^ "Artists A to Z: Craig Wiseman". Great American Country. Retrieved 2008-02-04. 
  2. ^ "Kenny Rogers, John Rich, Craig Wiseman Are ASCAP's Big Winners". Country Music Television. 2007-10-16. Retrieved 2008-02-04. 
  3. ^ Morris, Edward (2006-06-27). "LeAnn Rimes Parties With Her Hit Songwriters". CMT. Retrieved 2009-02-05. 

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