Casey Beathard

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Casey Beathard
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Background information
Birth name Casey Michael Beathard
Born (1965-12-02) December 2, 1965 (age 50)
Origin Torrance, California, United States[1][2]
Spring Hill, Tennessee, United States[3]
Genres Country
Occupation(s) Songwriter
Years active 1998-present
Associated acts Trace Adkins
Gary Allan
Tracy Byrd
Kenny Chesney
Eric Church
Tracy Lawrence

Casey Michael Beathard (born December 2, 1965),[1][2] is an American country music songwriter. The son of former NFL general manager Bobby Beathard,[4] he has co-written singles for several country music recording artists, including Top Ten singles for Gary Allan, Billy Ray Cyrus, Trace Adkins, Kenny Chesney and Eric Church. In 2004 and 2008, he received Broadcast Music, Inc.'s Songwriter of the Year award for his contributions.[3][5]

Biography[edit]

Casey graduated from Oakton High School, Vienna Virginia in 1984 where he was a football star. 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.[4] (Chesney would later record "No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems", another Beathard co-write, in 2002.)[4] 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.[5]

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.[6]

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.[7]

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, C. J. Beathard, is the starting quarterback at the University of Iowa.[8]

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.[4] 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," Billy Ray Cyrus's "Ready, Set, Don't Go," and Eric Church's "Homeboy".[4]

Singles[edit]

Song Title Artist Co-writers Peak Release Date
"Like a Wrecking Ball" Eric Church Eric Church 6 3/9/2015
"The Outsiders" Eric Church Eric Church 6 10/22/2013
"Like Jesus Does" Eric Church Monty Criswell 6 1/28/2013
"He's Mine" Rodney Atkins Tim James, Phil O'Donnell 23 11/7/2011
"Just Fishin'" Trace Adkins Ed Hill, Monty Criswell 6 3/21/2011
"Homeboy" Eric Church Eric Church 13 2/28/2011
"Brown Chicken Brown Cow" Trace Adkins Kenny Beard, Rivers Rutherford 39 8/17/2010
"The Boys of Fall" Kenny Chesney Dave Turnbull 1 7/12/2010
"The Breath You Take" George Strait Dean Dillon, Jessie Jo Dillon 6 7/12/2010
"Come Back Song" Darius Rucker Chris Stapleton, Darius Rucker 1 7/6/2010
"Way Out Here" Josh Thompson Josh Thompson, David Lee Murphy 15 3/29/2010
"All I Ask For Anymore" Trace Adkins Tim James 14 5/18/2009
"His Kind of Money (My Kind of Love)" Eric Church Eric Church, Shane Minor 46 3/24/2009
"Cleaning This Gun (Come On In Boy)" Rodney Atkins Marla-Cannon Goodman 1 10/1/2007
"Don't Blink" Kenny Chesney Chris Wallin 1 9/10/2007
"How 'bout Them Cowgirls" George Strait Ed Hill 3 8/24/2007
"Ready, Set, Don't Go" Billy Ray Cyrus w/ Miley Cyrus Billy Ray Cyrus 4 8/11/2007
"'Fore She Was Mama" Clay Walker Phil O'Donnell 21 10/16/2006
"The World Needs a Drink" Terri Clark Eric Church 26 8/29/2006
"Find Out Who Your Friends Are" Tracy Lawrence Ed Hill 1 8/21/2006
"Yee Haw" Jake Owen Jake Owen, Kendell Marvel 16 2/27/2006
"Do You Want Fries with That" Tim McGraw Kerry Kurt Phillips 5 5/23/2005
"I Got A Feelin'" Billy Currington Billy Currington, Carson Chamberlain 5 1/5/2004
"Hot Mama" Trace Adkins Tom Shapiro 5 9/22/2003
"Drinkin' Bone" Tracy Byrd Kerry Kurt Phillips 7 8/4/2003
"No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems" Kenny Chesney 2 5/26/2003
"Walk a Little Straighter" Billy Currington Billy Currington, Carson Chamberlain 8 4/21/2003
"The Love Song" Jeff Bates Jeff Bates, Kenny Beard 8 12/16/2002
"Ten Rounds with Jose Cuervo" Tracy Byrd Michael P. Heeney, Marla Cannon-Goodman 1 4/1/2002
"Where the Stars and Stripes and the Eagle Fly" Aaron Tippin Aaron Tippin, Kenny Beard 2 9/17/2001
"Right Where I Need to Be" Gary Allan Kendell Marvel 5 9/11/2000
"I Will Stand" Kenny Chesney Mark Germino 27 8/25/1998

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "RolandNote Country Music Database Searches". RolandNote.com. 2015-06-30. Retrieved 2015-06-30. 
  2. ^ a b "The Birth of Casey Beathard". CaliforniaBirthIndex.org. 2015-06-30. Retrieved 2015-06-30. 
  3. ^ 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. 
  4. ^ a b c d e "Casey Beathard". Broadcast Music Incorporated. 2004-12-01. Retrieved 2007-12-28. 
  5. ^ 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. 
  6. ^ "On the Cover – Trace Adkins". Music Row. August 2006. Archived from the original on December 3, 2008. Retrieved 2007-12-28. 
  7. ^ Morris, Edward (2007-08-08). "Ed Hill, Casey Beathard Lauded for Tracy Lawrence No. 1". CMT. Retrieved 2007-12-28. 
  8. ^ http://www.hawkeyesports.com/sports/m-footbl/mtt/cj_beathard_810136.html