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Aimee Mayo

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Aimee Mayo
Mayo in 2020
Mayo in 2020
Background information
Born (1971-09-28) September 28, 1971 (age 52)
OriginGadsden, Alabama, United States
  • Songwriter
  • author
Years active1995–present
OrganizationLittle Blue Typewriter Music
SpouseChris Lindsey
RelativesDanny Mayo (father), Cory Mayo (brother)

Aimee Mayo is a Grammy Award-nominated songwriter from Gadsden, Alabama.[1]



Aimee Mayo grew up in Gadsden, Alabama. She moved to Nashville at the age of 20. She was signed as a songwriter with BMG. At 28, Aimee married fellow songwriter Chris Lindsey. They had three children together and live in Nashville, Tennessee. Aimee and Chris own a recording studio in Nashville Tennessee called Aimleeland. Taylor Swift recorded her third studio album Speak Now (2010) and Keith Urban recorded his seventh studio album Get Closer (2010) at Aimeeland.

As a teen, Aimee was surrounded by music. Her father Danny Mayo wrote numerous songs including "Feed Jake" and "Keeper of the Stars". Her brother Cory Mayo wrote "You'll Be There", a hit for George Strait in 2005.

Aimee's songs have spent twenty-six weeks in the #1 spot on the Billboard charts, and albums featuring her songs have sold over 155 million units worldwide. She is primarily known for writing hits for artists such as Taylor Swift, Tim McGraw, Lonestar, Meghan Trainor, The Civil Wars, Backstreet Boys, Adam Lambert Kenny Chesney, Carrie Underwood Martina McBride, Sara Evans, Faith Hill, Blake Shelton, Boyz II Men, Brad Paisley, Billy Currington, Kellie Pickler. Mayo is one of the few female artists to receive both BMI's Country Song of the Year and Songwriter of the Year awards. Others who have received these awards are Dolly Parton and Taylor Swift. Mayo was also a judge on the CMT reality competition show, Can You Duet. In 2020, Mayo released a memoir titled "Talking to the Sky".

Mayo was named BMI Songwriter of the Year in 2000. "Amazed", recorded by Lonestar that same year is her most popular song to date. In 2004 it garnered a Million-Air award from BMI, vaulting it into the top 125 songs in the BMI catalog out of 6.5 million works. "Amazed" also won ACM (Academy of Country Music) Song of the Year, BMI Song of the Year, NSAI Song of the Year, and was nominated for a Grammy. "Amazed" crossed over to the pop charts and spent two weeks at the top of the Hot 100, making it the first country song to accomplish such a feat since Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers with their 1983 song "Islands in the Stream".[2]

Mayo's song "This One’s for the Girls," recorded by Martina McBride, stayed at #1 on Billboard's Adult Contemporary chart for eleven weeks in addition to reaching number three on the country chart.[3] The song was a theme song for the morning show The View. Mayo has received over a dozen BMI Country awards along with BMI Pop Awards for "Amazed" and "This One's for the Girls".

Mayo co-wrote the song "Wheel of the World" on Carrie Underwood’s second studio album with husband Chris Lindsey and close friend and collaborator Hillary Lindsey. The title Carnival Ride was chosen by Underwood from the lyrics of "Wheel of the World."[4]

Songwriting credits

Year Song title Artist Album
1995 "Strangers" Mark Chesnutt Wings
1996 "Places I’ve Never Been" Mark Wills Mark Wills
1997 "Three Chords and the Truth" Sara Evans Non-album single
"(Ooh, Aah) Crazy Kind of Love Thing" The Kinleys Just Between You and Me
1998 "Make Up Your Mind" Deana Carter Everything's Gonna Be Alright
"Me" Faith Hill Faith
"Closer to Heaven" Mila Mason The Strong One
"More Than Everything" Rhett Akins What Livin's All About
1999 "Unknown" Chely Wright Single White Female
"Let's Make Love" Faith Hill & Tim McGraw Breathe
"There Will Come a Day" Faith Hill
"Understanding Everything" Jim Lauderdale Onward Through It All
"It's Always Something" Joe Diffie
"California" Kenny Chesney Everywhere We Go
"Amazed" Lonestar Lonely Grill
"I'll Get You Back" Mark Chesnutt I Don't Want to Miss a Thing
"Over and Over" Mindy McCready I'm Not So Tough
"Take Me Apart"
"Thunder and Roses"
"My Best Friend" Tim McGraw
"Can I Want Your Love" Trace Adkins More...
"Nothing Like You" William Topley Spanish Wells
"Nothing Else Matters"
2000 "Are You Ever Gonna Love Me" Chris Cagle Play It Loud
"Closer" Jo Dee Messina Burn
"You Don't" Sara Evans Born To Fly
2001 "Karma" Jessica Andrews Who I Am
"When Did I Lose You" Mark Wills Loving Every Minute
"Thunder and Roses" Pam Tillis Thunder & Roses
"Smilin'" Tim McGraw Set This Circus Down
"Things Change"
2002 "Amazed" Bonnie Tyler Heart And Soul
"Beautiful" Faith Hill Cry
"You're Still Here"
"Closer To You" William Topley Feasting With Panthers
2003 "Tangled Up" Billy Currington Best of Billy Currington
"Simple Life" Carolyn Dawn Johnson Dress Rehearsal
"Liar" Deana Carter I'm Just a Girl
"I Wish For You" Jessica Andrews Now
"Never Be Forgotten"
"You Are" Jimmy Wayne Jimmy Wayne
"Are You Ever Gonna Love Me"
"This One's for the Girls" Martina McBride Martina
"I Just Close My Eyes" Mark Wills And the Crowd Goes Wild
"Backseat of a Greyhound Bus" Sara Evans Restless
2004 "Drugs or Jesus" Tim McGraw Live Like You Were Dying
"Rocks" Lorrie Morgan Show Me How
"Where I Belong" Rachel Proctor Where I Belong
2005 "Who You Are" Erika Jo Erika Jo
"I Am A Man" Lonestar Coming Home
"Who You'd Be Today" Kenny Chesney The Road and the Radio
"The Secrets That We Keep" Sara Evans Real Fine Place
2006 "Firecrackers and Ferris Wheels" Blue County Firecrackers And Ferriswheels
"Men & Mascara" Julie Roberts Men & Mascara
"I Wonder" Kellie Pickler Small Town Girl
"Red High Heels"
My Angel"
"One Of The Guys"
"Small Town Girl"
"Let's Make Love" Patrizio Buanne Forever Begins Tonight
"Words Get in the Way" Trace Adkins Dangerous Man
2007 "Let's Get Drunk and Fight" Aaron Lines Moments That Matter
"Oh Love" Brad Paisley & Carrie Underwood 5th Gear
"The Wheel of the World" Carrie Underwood Carnival Ride
"Love You With All My Heart" Sara Evans Greatest Hits
"Pray For You"
"Red Umbrella" Faith Hill The Hits
"Let's Get Drunk and Fight" Joe Nichols Real Things
"Let It Go" Tim McGraw Let It Go
"Helpless When She Smiles" The Backstreet Boys Unbreakable
"How I Feel" Martina McBride Waking Up Laughing
2008 "Young Love" Carter's Chord Carter's Chord
"I Need A Man" Crystal Shawanda Dawn of a New Day
"Cry Cry ('Til the Sun Shines)" Heidi Newfield What Am I Waiting For
"Out the Window" Ashley Gearing Out The Window
"Happy" Kellie Pickler Kellie Pickler
"Going Out in Style"
"One Last Time"
"Didn't You Know How Much I Loved You"
"Don't You Know You're Beautiful"
"Somebody to Love Me"
"When I Loved You Like That" Jessica Simpson Do You Know
"Days of Thunder" Mark Wills Familiar Stranger
"Panama City"
2009 "Sleepwalker" Adam Lambert For Your Entertainment
"Amazed" Boyz II Men Love
"Address in the Stars" Caitlin & Will Caitlin & Will – EP
"Dark Horse"
"Strangers On A Train" David Nail I'm About to Come Alive
"Good Girls" Tim McGraw Southern Voice
"Poison & Wine" The Civil Wars Live at Eddie's Attic
"Feels Just Like a Love Song" Sara Evans Non-album single
"I'm Here" VanVelzen Take Me In
2010 "Someday When I'm Old" Easton Corbin Easton Corbin
"Say Goodbye" Katharine McPhee Unbroken
"Speak Now" Taylor Swift Speak Now
2012 "Miss Your Fire" Casey James Casey James
"Crazy One More Time" Kip Moore Up All Night
2013 "Wild Boy" Danielle Bradbery Danielle Bradbery
"I Forgive You" Kellie Pickler The Woman I Am
2020 "Doggone" Tim McGraw Here on Earth
2016 "Bar at the End of the World" Kenny Chesney Cosmic Hallelujah
"Every Time I Hear That Song" Blake Shelton If I'm Honest
2018 "House of Cards" Caitlyn Smith Starfire
"Champagne High Westside cast, Alexandra Kay, Taz Zavala and Pia Toscano Westside: Music from the Original Series
2023 "Speak Now" Taylor Swift Speak Now (Taylor's Version)

Awards and nominations


Grammy Awards

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2000 "Amazed" Best Country Song Nominated

Academy of Country Music Awards

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2000 "Amazed" Song of the Year Won

Country Music Association Awards

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2000 "Amazed" Song of the Year Nominated


  1. ^ Papadatos, Markos (2020-12-05). "Songwriter Aimee Mayo talks about 'Talking to the Sky' book (Includes interview)". Digital Journal. Retrieved 2022-10-16.
  2. ^ "SongwriterUniverse Magazine". Archived from the original on 17 October 2007. Retrieved 2007-10-22.
  3. ^ Rogers, L. "Glencoe's Aimee and Cory Mayo follow their father's success in Nashville", The Gadsden Times, October 12, 2007.
  4. ^ "Carrie's Official Bio". Archived from the original on 23 October 2007. Retrieved 2007-10-22.