Jim McCormick (songwriter)

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Jim McCormick
Jim McCormick - Headshot.jpg
Background information
BornNew Orleans, Louisiana
GenresCountry, pop, rock
Occupation(s)Songwriter
Years active2000–present

Jim McCormick is a Grammy- and CMA-nominated, multiplatinum-selling songwriter. He is currently a staff writer at Eclipse Music Publishing.

In 2021 his song "The Good Ones" was nominated by the Country Music Association for Song of the Year.[1] That same year "The Good Ones" won the Favorite Country Song category at the American Music Awards.[2]

McCormick has celebrated three #1 songs on the Billboard Country Airplay chart: Gabby Barrett's "The Good Ones" and Jason Aldean's "Take A Little Ride," both of which spent three weeks in the #1 position; and Brantley Gilbert's "You Don't Know Her Like I Do."[3] Current releases written by McCormick include Trace Adkins' "Welcome To," Luke Bryan's "All My Dreaming There," Jason Aldean's "Lights Go Out," Harry Connick Jr.'s "I Do Like We Do," Jon Pardi's "Lucky Tonight," and Trace Adkins's "Jesus and Jones." His songs also have been recorded and performed by Tim McGraw, Keith Urban, Kelly Clarkson, Jeff Tweedy, Trisha Yearwood, Randy Travis, Ronnie Milsap, Jamey Johnson, Samantha Fish, Smash Mouth as well as many others.[4]

Early life and education[edit]

McCormick was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana.[5] He attended Jesuit High School where he formed a band with his classmate Ed Conway.[6] Initially a communications major his freshman year at Loyola University, he transferred into the School of Business at Georgetown University his sophomore year.[7] While at Georgetown, McCormick enrolled in a poetry workshop led by the poet Roland Flint and became enamored with the art form, eventually switching his major to English and earning a Lannan fellowship and the Academy of American Poets "Poetry Prize."[8] After graduating from Georgetown in 1990 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English, McCormick moved back to New Orleans where he received a Masters of Fine Arts in poetry while teaching freshman composition at the University of New Orleans.[9][10]

Musical career[edit]

While in high school, McCormick had formed the band Resonance with classmate Ed Conway. In 1991 the two formed The Bingemen: Marc Funti (drums), Cleaver Schmidt (bass and vocals),[11] Conway (guitar), and McCormick (vocals).[12] Playing primarily in a roots rock style, the band toured extensively with bands such as the Continental Drifters, Better than Ezra, the subdudes, Pat McLaughlin, Dash Riprock, and Cowboy Mouth.[13][14] The band released their debut EP "Motor in the Ocean" in 1991 and a full-length self-titled album in 1996. In the same year the band performed at South by Southwest and at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. They broke up in 1999.[15]

As a solo artist, McCormick has released four albums: 2001's Jim McCormick, You Can't Drown Your Sorrows in 2004, Live at Jazz Fest in 2012, and The Middle of the River in 2013.[16]

McCormick has served as a board of governors' vice-president for the Recording Academy and on the board of the Nashville Songwriters Association International. For more than a decade, McCormick has been an adjunct faculty member in the Music Industry Studies program at Loyola University in New Orleans as well as lectured on the craft and business of songwriting at Berkelee College of Music, Georgetown University, Vanderbilt University, Belmont University, and Tulane University, as well as at GrammyPro and NSAI events.[17] He is a member of Nashville's Leadership Music class of 2013 and a recipient of the Academy of American Poets "Poetry Prize" and the Cutting Edge Music Conference's Lifetime Achievement Award.

Along with notable New Orleanians PJ Morton, Jay Weigel, Raj Smoove, and others, he formed the New Orleans Music Economy (NOME) initiative in 2018 in partnership with Greater New Orleans Inc. to help promote music copyright infrastructure in his hometown.

Songwriting[edit]

After a visit to Nashville in 2000, McCormick began to consider using his formal training in poetry to write songs.[18] He spent the next four years splitting time between New Orleans and Nashville, where he'd sleep on friends’ couches while writing three to four songs a day.[19] In 2003, McCormick signed his first publishing agreement with James Stroud and Jimmy Metts at Generator Music Publishing Company, where he wrote for two years before signing with Warner Chappell Music. From 2010 to 2020 he held a publishing deal with BMG. In April 2020, he signed with Eclipse Music Group.[20]

McCormick currently splits his time between Nashville and New Orleans.[21]

Songs Recorded Artist Release Date Peak Chart Positions Certifications
US US Country Songs US Country Airplay World
The Good Ones Gabby Barrett 2020 19[22] 1[23] 1[24] 96[25] RIAA: Platinum[26]
Cowboys Are My Weakness Trisha Yearwood 2020[27]
Lulaby David Osmond 2019[28]
Right Once David Osmond 2019[29]
You Wanted Me David Osmond 2019[30]
Good Times Ain’t What They Used To Be Jamey Johnson 2018[31]
Live to Love Another Day Smash Mouth 2018[32]
Noise Shenandoah 2017[33]
Lucky Tonight Jon Pardi 2017[34]
We Rode In Trucks Luke Bryan 2017 33[35] RIAA: Gold[36]
The Cowboy's Mine Joey Martin 2017[37]
Louisiana Tim McGraw 2016[38]
Jesus And Jones Trace Adkins 2016[39] 44[40]
Blame It On A Woman Shane Owens 2016[41]
Nobody Does I Do Like We Do Harry Connick Jr. 2015[42]
Good Lookin’ Girl Luke Bryan 2014[43]
Noise Radney Foster 2014[44]
Cold Beer Drinker Luke Bryan 2013[45]
I'm In Love With The Girl Luke Bryan 2013[46]
Sorority Girl Luke Bryan 2013[47]
Slow Moving Memory Ty Herndon 2013[48]
The Shake The Elms 2013[49]
Unless God Appears First The Elms 2013[50]
The Wildest Heart The Elms 2013[51]
The Little Ways The Elms 2013[52]
Lily The Elms 2013[53]
Saturday High Cowboy Mouth 2013[54]
Take A Little Ride Jason Aldean 2012 12[55] 1[56] RIAA: Platinum[57]
When I Get It Craig Campbell 2012[58]
Country Life Brian Milson 2012[59]
Love Like This Cory Morrow 2012[60]
You Don't Know Her Like I Do Brantley Gilbert 2011 49[61] 1[62] 1[63] RIAA: Platinum[64]
Georgia Mud Joanna Smith 2011[65]
A Little Bit Of Missing You Trace Adkins 2010[66]
Like Father, Like Son Hollywood "Wolf" Yates 2010[67]
Good Southern Girl Amanda Shaw 2010[68]
Cruise Amanda Shaw 2010[69]
A Girl Could Get Hurt This Way Lindsey Mendez 2010[70]
Dirt Road Dancing Matt Stillwell and Colt Ford 2010[71]
Here In Louisiana Hip Boot Joe 2010[72]
Every Time I See You Luke Bryan 2009[73]
You Didn't Have A Good Time Randy Travis 2009[74]
Changes Jaryd lane 2009[75]
One Thing Jeff Bates 2009[76]
Still Remains Cartel 2009[77]
Roadside Sandwich Jessie Farrell 2009[78]
Girls With Girlfriends Chris Cavanaugh 2009[79]
You Just Want Me Hannah Weeks 2009[80]
Girls With Girlfriends Liam Brew 2009[81]
Dirt Road Dancing Cooper Boone 2009[82]
Happy To Be Here Trace Adkins 2008[83]
Pretty Runs Out Amanda Shaw 2008[84]
Rock n Roll & Pensacola Joshua Stevens 2008[85]
It's All Coming Back To Me Now Ronnie Milsap 2006[86]
Right For Me Dayna Kurtz 2006[87]
Time Well Spent Bobby Pinson 2005[88]
You Can't Drown Your Sorrows Kim Carson 2004[89]
Young Animal Mulebone 1998[90]
Around The Lakeside Kim Carson 1998[91]

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