Josh Kear

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Josh Kear
Origin Jonesborough, Tennessee, USA
Genres Country
Occupation(s) Songwriter
Years active 200x-present
Associated acts Carrie Underwood, Lady Antebellum

Joshua Peter "Josh" Kear is an American songwriter. His credits include Lady Antebellum's number-one "Need You Now", for which Kear won the Grammy Award for Song of the Year and Best Country Song at the 53rd Grammy Awards [1] and Carrie Underwood's number-one "Before He Cheats", for which Kear won the Grammy Award for Best Country Song at the 50th Grammy Awards.[2] Both songs were awarded the ASCAP Country Song of the Year.[3][4] He recently won a Grammy Award for Country Song of the Year with Carrie Underwood's "Blown Away" at the 55th Grammy Awards.[5] Kear had six singles which climbed the country chart in 2012 - "Dancin' Away With My Heart" by Lady Antebellum, "(Kissed You) Good Night" by Gloriana, "Drunk On You" by Luke Bryan, "Blown Away" by Carrie Underwood, "True Believers" by Darius Rucker and "Two Black Cadillacs" by Carrie Underwood. Singles in 2013 included Tim McGraw and Taylor Swift's "Highway Don't Care", Lady Antebellum's "Goodbye Town", Tyler Farr's "Redneck Crazy" and Frankie Ballard's "Helluvah Life". As of December 2013, Kear has garnered seven Number Ones in his songwriting career. In 2011 Kear was awarded ASCAP's Global Impact Award. He was featured as the cover story of ASCAP's Playback magazine Fall Edition, 2011.[6] Kear was award "Songwriter of the Year" at the 2013 ASCAP Country Music Awards, where he was also awarded "Song of the Year", along with Chris Tompkins, for Luke Bryan's "Drunk on You".[7] Most recently, Kear achieved his tenth number one single with Blake Shelton's "Neon Light," co-written with Andrew Dorff and Mark Irwin.[8]

Selected songwriting credits[edit]

Year Artist Album Song Co-Writers
2005 Carrie Underwood Some Hearts "Before He Cheats" Chris Tompkins
2006 Jimmy Buffett Take the Weather with You "Bama Breeze" Mark Irwin, Chris Tompkins
Hank Williams Jr. "That's How They Do It In Dixie" Mark Irwin, Chris Tompkins
2009 Gloriana Gloriana "Wild at Heart" Stephanie Bentley, Matt Serletic
Martina McBride Shine "Don't Cost A Dime" Mark Irwin, Chris Tompkins
"Wild Rebel Rose" Mark Irwin
Carrie Underwood Play On "Change" Chris Tompkins, Katrina Elam
Chris Young The Man I Want to Be "It Takes A Man" Ed Hill, David Frasier
2010 Gary Allan Get Off on the Pain' "Kiss Me When I'm Down" Chris Tompkins. Andrew Dorff
Lady Antebellum Need You Now "Need You Now" Hillary Scott, Charles Kelley, Dave Haywood
2011 Susan Boyle Someone to Watch Over Me "This Will Be The Year" Shahid Kahn, Adele Emily Sandre
Gloriana A Thousand Miles Left Behind "(Kissed You) Good Night" Tom Gossin
"Turn My World Around" Mike Gossin, Matt Serletic
Eli Young Band Life at Best "Every Other Memory" Catt Gravitt, Chris DeStefano
Lady Antebellum Own the Night "Dancin' Away with My Heart" Hillary Scott, Charles Kelley, Dave Haywood
Martina McBride Eleven' "Broken Umbrella" Mark Irwin/Chris Tompkins
"Long Distance Lullaby" Martina McBride, Mark Irwin
2012 Luke Bryan Tailgates & Tanlines "Drunk on You" Rodney Clawson, Chris Tompkins
Carrie Underwood Blown Away "Blown Away" Chris Tompkins
"Two Black Cadillacs" Carrie Underwood, Hillary Lindsey
"Cupid's Got A Shotgun" Carrie Underwood, Chris Tompkins
"One Way Ticket" Carrie Underwood, Luke Larid
2013 Frankie Ballard Sunshine & Whiskey "Helluva Life" [Rodney Clawson, Chris Tompkins
Dakota Bradley "Somethin' Like Somethin'" Dakota Bradley
Tyler Farr Redneck Crazy "Redneck Crazy" Chris Tompkins, Mark Irwin
Lady Antebellum Golden "Can't Stand The Rain" Hillary Scott, Charles Kelley, Dave Haywood
"Goodbye Town" Hillary Scott, Charles Kelley, Dave Haywood
Tim McGraw Two Lanes of Freedom "Tinted Windows" Mark Irwin, Andrew Dorff
"Friend Of A Friend" Mark Irwin/Andrew Dorff
"Highway Don't Care" (feat. Taylor Swift & Keith Urban) Mark Irwin, Brad Warren, Brett Warren
Thomas Rhett It Goes Like This "Front Porch Junkies" Thomas Rhett, Mark Irwin, Brett Warren, Brad Warren
Darius Rucker True Believers "True Believers" Darius Rucker
"I Will Love You Still" Darius Rucker
2014 Lady Antebellbum 747 "Long Stretch of Love" Hillary Scott, Charles Kelley, Dave Haywood
"One Great Mystery" Hillary Scott, Charles Kelley, Dave Haywood
Lee Brice I Don't Dance "Drinking Class" Ed Hill, David Frasier
"Panama City" Mark Irwin, Chris Tompkins
Blake Shelton Bringing Back the Sunshine "Neon Light" Andrew Dorff, Mark Irwin
Andy Grammer Magazines or Novels "Red Eye" Abram Dean, Mason Levy, Tommy Meredith, James Abrahart, Andy Grammer, Josiah Rosen
Labrinth Jealous - Single "Jealous" Natalie Hemby
Florida Georgia Line Anything Goes "Smoke" Chris Tompkins

Awards[edit]

Award Song Nominated/Won Category
Grammy Before He Cheats Nominated Song of the Year
Grammy Before He Cheats Won Country Song of the Year
Grammy Need You Now Won Song of the Year
Grammy Need You Now Won Country Song of the Year
Grammy Blown Away Won Country Song of the Year
Academy of Country Music N/A Nominated Songwriter of the Year
Academy of Country Music Before He Cheats Nominated Song of the Year
Academy of Country Music Need You Now Won Song of the Year
Country Music Association Before He Cheats Nominated Song of the Year
Country Music Association Need You Now Nominated Song of the Year
ASCAP Awards - Country Before He Cheats Won Song of the Year
ASCAP Awards - Country Need You Now Won Song of the Year
World Music Awards Blown Away Pending World's Best Song
ASCAP Music Awards N/A Won Writer of the Year
ASCAP Music Awards Drunk on You Won Song of the Year
British Country Music Awards Highway Don't Care Won International Song of the Year

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References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.ascap.com/playback/2011/06/faces_places/nashville/joshkear.aspx
  2. ^ http://www.cmt.com/grammys/2008/nominees.jhtml
  3. ^ http://www.ascap.com/eventsawards/awards/ascapcma/2010/songofyear.aspx
  4. ^ http://www.ascap.com/eventsawards/awards/ascapcma/2007/songofyear.aspx
  5. ^ http://tasteofcountry.com/carrie-underwood-best-country-song-2013-grammy-awards/
  6. ^ http://www.ascap.com/playback/2011/12/features/josh-kear.aspx
  7. ^ http://www.ascap.com/press/2013/1104-josh-kear-named-songwriter-of-the-year-at-51st-annual-ascap-country-music-awards.aspx
  8. ^ http://newsok.com/blake-shelton-breaks-his-own-record-as-neon-light-becomes-his-13th-no.-1-single/article/5365409