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
Occupation(s) Songwriter
Years active Late 1980s-present
Associated acts Phil Vassar, Kenny Chesney, Tim McGraw, Roy Orbison, Blake Shelton

Craig Michael Wiseman 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,[1] and several other acts. He has written twenty-four #1 songs on the Billboard Hot Country Songs music charts, and has won a number of industry awards. In 2009 he was named "Songwriter of the Decade" by the Nashville Songwriters Association International.[2]

Early life[edit]

Michael Wiseman was born and raised in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, in.[3] He began playing music while still a child, and later began playing drums professionally.[3] He moved to Nashville in 1985 to pursue a songwriting career.[3]

Music career[edit]

Early songwriting[edit]

At age 24 he had his first chart success with the track "The Only One" from Roy Orbison's Mystery Girl album. In 1990 Wiseman was signed to Almo/Irving Music, where he wrote a number of hits.[3] In 1997 he was named "Writer of the Year" by both Music Row and the Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI).[3]

He signed to a new publishing contract with BMG Music Publishing in 2000. During his three years at BMG, he wrote or co-wrote 22 singles, among them "Shoulda Woulda Coulda" with British pop star Beverley Knight.[3] In 2002 Billboard magazine named him a 2002 Top 2 Country Songwriter.[3]

Big Loud Shirt[edit]

He opened his own publishing company in the fall of 2003, calling it Big Loud Shirt.[2] The first hit single in their catalog was "Live Like You Were Dying" by Tim McGraw in 2005, which won the Grammy Award for Best Country Song and was named NSAI Song Of The Year, CMA Song of the Year, and ACM Song of the Year.[3] An overseas branch of Big Loud Shirt was later opened in London, and Wiseman also started Big Loud Bucks, an administration and information company.[3] He has written many of Big Loud Shirt's hit singles, and 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".[4]

ASCAP named him Songwriter of the Year in 2003, 2005 & 2007.[2][4] At their 2009 awards ceremony, the NSAI named Wiseman the Songwriter of the Decade,[2] and he was nominated at the 2012 Grammy Awards for his role as producer on Red River Blue by Blake Shelton.[2]

Recent years[edit]

As of 2014, Wiseman has had over 300 cuts and 100 singles, and twenty four No.1 hits on the radio charts.[2] He is on ASCAP's Advisory Board, the Academy of Country Music Board Of Directors, and the Executive Board of the Nashville Songwriter's Association International.[3] in the fall of 2014 Wiseman received the Heritage Award at the ASCAP awards in Nashville as the most performed country songwriter of the first 100 years of ASCAP, making him ASCAP songwriter of the century.

Authorship, film[edit]

Wiseman has published a number of books; his first, Live Like You Were Dying, was at the top of the New York Times bestseller list in 2004.[2] He later wrote a follow-up journal to the book, which turned into a worship campaign used in American churches.[2] In late 2007 he appeared on the reality TV show The Hitmen of Music Row, on Great American Country.[2] Written to coincide with the release of the Faith Hill single of the same name, he released A Baby Changes Everything in 2008.[2]

Personal life[edit]

Wiseman has been married to his wife KK since the late 1990s.[3]

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
1996 "Holdin’" Diamond Rio 4 IV Gold album
"Someone Else’s Dream" Faith Hill 3 It Matters To Me Album certified 4x Multi-Platinum
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
"Young" Kenny Chesney 2 No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems Album verified 2x Platinum
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
"When The Lights Go Down Faith Hill 26 Cry Album certified 2x Platinum
"American Child Phil Vassar 5 American Child
2003 "And The Crowd Goes Wild Mark Wills 5 And The Crowd Goes Wild
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
"The Woman With You" Kenny Chesney 2 When The Sun Goes Down Album certified 4x Platinum
"That’s What It’s All About" Brooks & Dunn 2 The Greatest Hits Collection II
"Rough & Ready" Trace Adkins 13 Comin On Strong Single certified Gold / Platinum album
2005 "Something's Gotta Give" LeAnn Rimes 51 2 This Woman Song won ASCAP awards for writing[1]
"Believe" Brooks & Dunn 4 Hillbilly Deluxe Platinum album
"My Old Friend" LeAnn Rimes 3 Live Like You Were Dying Album x4 Platinum
"Nobody Gonna Tell Me What To Do" Van Zant 11 Get Right With The Man Gold album
2006 "Summertime" Kenny Chesney 34 1 51 The Road and the Radio
"Hillbilly Deluxe" Brooks & Dunn 86 16 Hillbilly Deluxe Gold single
“Way Back Texas” Pat Green 28 Cannonball
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
"Jesus & Gravity" Dolly Parton 57 Backwoods Barbie
"My Hallelujah Song" Julianne Hough 44 Julianne Hough
"Love Is A Beautiful Thing" Phil Vassar 2 Prayer of a Common Man
2009 "Hillbilly Bone" Blake Shelton 4 1 Hillbilly Bone Song named ACM "Vocal Event of 2010"
"Nothing to Die For" Blake Shelton 1 1 Bringing Back The Sunshine Gold album
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
2016 "21 Summer" Brothers Osborne 21 21 Pawn Shop Top 50 Albums of 2016
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Songwriting credits[edit]


  1. ^ a b Morris, Edward (2006-06-27). "LeAnn Rimes Parties With Her Hit Songwriters". CMT. Retrieved 2009-02-05. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Craig Wiseman". Big Loud Shirt. Retrieved 2014-03-27. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "Artists A to Z: Craig Wiseman". Great American Country. Retrieved 2008-02-04. 
  4. ^ a b "Kenny Rogers, John Rich, Craig Wiseman Are ASCAP's Big Winners". Country Music Television. 2007-10-16. Retrieved 2008-02-04. 

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