Josh Kear

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Josh Kear
Origin Jonesborough, Tennessee, USA
Genres Country
Occupations 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] Most recently, 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]

Selected songwriting credits[edit]

Year Artist Song Co-Writers
2013 Frankie Ballard "Helluva Life" Rodney Clawson/Chris Tompkins
2013 Tyler Farr "Redneck Crazy" Chris Tompkins/Mark Irwin
2013 Tim McGraw "Tinted Windows" Mark Irwin/Andrew Dorff
2013 Dakota Bradley "Somethin' Like Somethin'" Dakota Bradley
2013 Lady Antebellum "Can't Stand The Rain" Hillary Scott/Charles Kelley/Dave Haywood

Lady Antebellum

2013 Lady Antebellum "Goodbye Town" Hillary Scott/Charles Kelley/Dave Haywood

(Lady Antebellum)

2013 Darius Rucker "I Will Love You Still" Darius Rucker
2013 Tim McGraw "Friend Of A Friend" Mark Irwin/Andrew Dorff
2013 Tim McGraw/Taylor Swift "Highway Don't Care" Mark Irwin/Brad Warren/Brett Warren
2012 Darius Rucker "True Believers" Darius Rucker
2012 Thomas Rhett "Front Porch Junkies" Thomas Rhett/Mark Irwin/Brett Warren/Brad Warren
2012 Luke Bryan "Drunk on You" Rodney Clawson/Chris Tompkins
2012 Carrie Underwood "Blown Away" Chris Tompkins
2012 Carrie Underwood "Two Black Cadillacs" Carrie Underwood/Hillary Lindsey
2012 Carrie Underwood "Cupid's Got A Shotgun" Carrie Underwood/Chris Tompkins
2012 Carrie Underwood "One Way Ticket" Carrie Underwood/Luke Laird
2011 Susan Boyle "This Will Be The Year" Shahid Kahn/Adele Emily Sandre
2011 Gloriana "Turn My World Around" Mike Gossin/Matt Serletic
2011 Eli Young Band "Every Other Memory" Catt Gravitt/Chris DeStafano
2011 Gloriana "(Kissed You) Good Night" Tom Gossin
2011 Lady Antebellum "Dancin' Away With My Heart" Hillary Scott/Charles Kelley/Dave Haywood

(Lady Antebellum)

2011 Martina McBride "Broken Umbrella" Mark Irwin/Chris Tompkins
2011 Martina McBride "Long Distance Lullaby" Mark Irwin/Martina McBride
2010 Gary Allan "Kiss Me When I'm Down" Chris Tompkins/Andrew Dorff
2009 Gloriana "Wild at Heart" Stephanie Bentley/Matt Serletic
2009 Lady Antebellum "Need You Now" Hillary Scott/Charles Kelley/Dave Haywood

(Lady Antebellum)

2009 Martina McBride "Don't Cost A Dime" Mark Irwin/Chris Tompkins
2009 Martina McBride "Wild Rebel Rose" Mark Irwin
2009 Carrie Underwood "Change" Chris Tompkins/Katrina Elam
2009 Chris Young "It Takes A Man" Ed Hill/David Frasier
2007 Jimmy Buffett "Bama Breeze" Mark Irwin/Chris Tompkins
2006 Carrie Underwood "Before He Cheats" Chris Tompkins
2006 Hank Williams Jr. "That's How They Do It In Dixie" Mark Irwin/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

External links[edit]

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