Ruttan performing at the 2012 Burlington's Sound of Music Festival
|Born||January 27, 1972|
|Origin||Bracebridge, Ontario, Canada|
|Instruments||Vocals, guitar, harmonica, drums|
|Associated acts||Dierks Bentley, Eric Church, Doc Walker|
Deric J. Ruttan (born January 27, 1972) is a Grammy-nominated songwriter, country music artist, and record producer from Bracebridge, Ontario. A Nashville, Tennessee resident, he has released four studio albums and has written or co-written more than 60 songs that have been recorded by other recording artists.
Deric moved to Nashville in 1994 to pursue his music career, spending his days writing songs and his nights scouring the city getting ideas and learning from local singer/songwriters. He got his break in 1999 when producer Steve Bogard heard one of Deric's tapes and liked it. Steve signed Deric to a songwriting deal and immediately began recording his first demos. After Doug Howard at Lyric Street Records heard his demo and Deric played five songs live for Randy Goodman, Deric entered a record deal with the label. In 2003, he released his debut album, Deric Ruttan.
In 2003, just as his first single "When You Come Around," was released, he celebrated his first No. 1 as a songwriter when friend and collaborator Dierks Bentley took the Ruttan/Bentley/Brett Beavers co-write "What Was I Thinkin'" to the top of the charts in the US. The song helped set Bentley on the path to country stardom. (To date, Bentley has recorded six Ruttan co-writes, including the 2005 chart-topper Lot of Leavin' Left To Do.) In 2004 Ruttan's "My Way", recorded by Aaron Pritchett, was the most-played Canadian country song of that year. Capitol Nashville's Eric Church had an American Billboard hit with his and Ruttan's "Guys Like Me" in 2007, and cuts on other acts followed, on artists like Gary Allan, Paul Brandt, Doc Walker, Jason Blaine, and The Higgins.
In September 2007, Ruttan was awarded his first Canadian Country Music Award (CCMA) for Songwriter Of The Year (along with co-writers Aaron Pritchett and Mitch Merrett), for "Hold My Beer", recorded by Pritchett. He won the CCMA for songwriter of the year once again in 2014 for "Mine Would Be You," recorded by Blake Shelton.
Ruttan has written and co-written songs for prominent country musicians including Dierks Bentley ("What Was I Thinkin'" and "Lot of Leavin' Left to Do"), Aaron Pritchett ("Hold My Beer" and "My Way"), Jason Aldean ("Any Ol' Barstool"), Eric Church ("Guys Like Me" and "Hell on the Heart"), and Blake Shelton ("Mine Would Be You and Came Here to Forget").
Since 2011, Deric has written for Nashville-based publishing company THiS Music. He renewed his deal with THiS Music in 2016.
As a recording artist
It took over four years for Ruttan to follow up his 2003 self-titled release. In 2008 he released his second album, aptly titled First Time In A Long Time, which yielded four hit radio singles at Canadian country radio: the title track, "Lovin' You Is Killin' Me", "California Plates" (co-written with members of Manitoba country band Doc Walker), and "Good Time", a duet with Bentley. (The video for "Good Time" reached No. 1 on CMT Canada's video countdown).
"It wasn't just that writing songs for other artists was taking time away from me writing my next record", says Ruttan. "It was that suddenly I was known as a guy who'd written radio hits for other acts – the bar had been raised for me, creatively, because of that. I felt the next record I made needed to be really, really good."
At the 2008 Canadian Country Music Awards, Ruttan earned a total of four nominations – "Male Artist", "Songwriter", "Record Producer", and "Best Album," and closed the show performing alongside The Guess Who/Bachman Turner Overdrive guitar legend Randy Bachman. By the following year, "First Time In A Long Time" had garnered so much radio airplay that it earned Ruttan and co-writer Jimmy Rankin a SOCAN Country Music Award at the 2009 SOCAN Awards in Toronto.
In January 2010, with "Sunshine," Deric began releasing albums on his own independent label, Black T Records. He captured live audio on Sunshine's supporting tour to create 2011's live album, "Up All Night – Deric Ruttan Live." He released his most recent album, "Take the Week Off," in October 2013.
He has found success as an artist on Canadian country radio, and he continues to balance touring to support his albums with songwriting at home. "I’ve never been happier with the balance in my career," he says. "I tour about as much as I’d ever want to. Jason Blaine, Chad Brownlee and I recently did 25 shows across Canada in the Your Town Throwdown tour, and I played festivals in the summer. That lets me get my performance ya-yas out, and I’m in Nashville writing the rest of the time. Considering I haven’t lived there in 20 years, I feel really embraced by Canada."
|First Time in a Long Time||
|Take the Week Off||
|Up All Night – Deric Ruttan Live||
|2003||"When You Come Around"||—||46||Deric Ruttan|
|2004||"I Saved Everything"||—||—|
|2005||"Take the Wheel"||—||—|
|2007||"Good Time" (with Dierks Bentley)||—||—||First Time in a Long Time|
|2008||"First Time in a Long Time"||96||—|
|"Lovin' You Is Killin' Me"||—||—|
|"Sing That Song Again"||—||—||Sunshine|
|"—" denotes releases that did not chart|
|2010||"Up All Night"||—||91||Sunshine|
|"That's How I Wanna Go Out"||—||87|
|2011||"Sunshine (Hey Little Girl)"||—||—|
|"She's Like a Song"||—||—||Up All Night – Deric Ruttan Live|
|2012||"Main Street, 1979"||—||—|
|"My Kind of Freedom"||—||—|
|2013||"Where the Train Don't Stop"||11||—|
|"Take the Week Off"||10||66||Take the Week Off|
|2014||"Pass It Around"||17||—|
|"Good Thing Gone"||42||—|
|2015||"Don't It Feel Good"||—||—|
|"—" denotes releases that did not chart|
|2003||"When You Come Around"||Trey Fanjoy|
|2005||"Take the Wheel"|
|2007||"Good Time" (with Dierks Bentley)||Antonio Hrynchuk|
|2008||"First Time in a Long Time"|
|"Lovin' You Is Killin' Me"||Joel Stewart|
|2010||"That's How I Wanna Go Out"||Warren P. Sonoda|
|2011||"Sunshine (Hey Little Girl)"|
|2012||"Main Street, 1979"||Jeth Weinrich|
|"My Kind of Freedom"||John Fucile/Lisa Fucile/Deric Ruttan|
|2013||"Take the Week Off"||Margaret Malandruccolo|
|2014||"Pass It Around"|
|"Good Thing Gone"||Paul McGuire|
Awards and nominations
|2003||Canadian Country Music Association||Chevy Trucks Rising Star Award||Nominated|
|2004||Male Artist of the Year||Nominated|
|Chevy Trucks Rising Star Award||Nominated|
|Album of the Year – Deric Ruttan||Nominated|
|2005||Male Artist of the Year||Nominated|
|2007||SOCAN Songwriter of the Year – "Hold My Beer"||Won|
|2008||Male Artist of the Year||Nominated|
|Album of the Year – First Time in a Long Time||Nominated|
|Songwriter of the Year – "First Time in a Long Time"||Nominated|
|2011||Juno Awards of 2011||Country Album of the Year – Sunshine||Nominated|
|Canadian Country Music Association||Male Artist of the Year||Nominated|
|Single of the Year – "That's How I Wanna Go Out"||Nominated|
|Songwriter of the Year – "That's How I Wanna Go Out"||Nominated|
|CMT Video of the Year – "That's How I Wanna Go Out"||Nominated|
|2012||Songwriter of the Year – "They Don't Make 'Em Like That Anymore"||Nominated|
|Songwriter of the Year – "Main Street, 1979"||Nominated|
|2013||Single of the Year – "Main Street, 1979"||Nominated|
|Songwriter of the Year – "Cool"||Nominated|
|2014||56th Annual Grammy Awards||Grammy Award for Best Country Song – "Mine Would Be You"||Nominated|
|Canadian Country Music Association||Single of the Year – "Take the Week Off"||Nominated|
|Songwriter of the Year – "Mine Would Be You"||Won|
|CMT Video of the Year – "Take the Week Off"||Nominated|
|2015||Songwriter of the Year – "Country Side"||Nominated|
|2017||Country Music Association of Ontario||Male Artist of the Year||Nominated|
|Songwriter of the Year - "Came Here to Forget" (with Craig Wiseman)||Won|
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