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|Origin||Jonesborough, Tennessee, United States|
In 2007, he cowrote Carrie Underwood’s hit "Before He Cheats" with Chris Tompkins. The song spent five weeks at the top of the charts. His song "Drinking Class", performed by Lee Brice, was the most played country song of 2015 according to the Billboard country airplay chart. Other songwriting credits include "Most People Are Good" by Luke Bryan, which held a number one spot on Billboard's Country Airplay chart for three weeks, "Woman, Amen" by Dierks Bentley, "Buy My Own Drinks" by Runaway June, "The Way I See It" by Mason Ramsey, "More" by Clare Dunn, and "The Best Is Yet To Come" by Drake White.
"Need You Now", cowritten with and performed by Lady Antebellum, spent five weeks at number one on the country chart and 14 weeks at number one on the adult contemporary chart. The song earned two Grammy Awards, winning for both Country Song of the Year and Overall Song of the Year in 2011. Kear also won Grammy Awards for Country Song Of The Year for "Before He Cheats” and “Blown Away”. Kear remains the only country songwriter to win the Country Song Of The Year Grammy three times.
Other number one songs that Kear has written or cowritten include "God, Your Mama and Me" by Florida Georgia Line (featuring Backstreet Boys), “Highway Don't Care” by Tim McGraw (featuring Taylor Swift and Keith Urban), "Drunk on a Plane” by Dierks Bentley, "Neon Light” by Blake Shelton, both “Blown Away” and "Two Black Cadillacs” by Carrie Underwood, “Helluva Life” by Frankie Ballard, and “Drunk On You” by Luke Bryan.
Still more songs with which Kear has been involved include “(Kissed You) Good Night and “Wild At Heart” by Gloriana, “Dancin' Away with My Heart” and “Goodbye Town” by Lady Antebellum, and "Redneck Crazy” by Tyler Farr. Kear also co-wrote and produced "Just Like You Like It" off of Backstreet Boys' 2019 album DNA.
Kear has received 14 ASCAP country airplay awards, two ASCAP pop airplay awards, and three ASCAP country Song of the Year awards for “Before He Cheats”, “Need You Now” and “Drunk On You”. In 2013 he won the ASCAP Country Songwriter of the Year award.
Kear is an advocate for songwriter's rights. He has made multiple trips to Washington D.C. to lobby congress on behalf of songwriters. He also performed for the Library of Congress in 2014 as part of ASCAP’s "We Write The Songs" series along with Randy Newman, Carly Simon and Heart. Kear also helped write the theme song for ASCAP’s 100th Anniversary, "More Than The Stars", collaborating with such writers as Ne-Yo, Dan Wilson, Stargate, Bill Withers and others.
Selected songwriting credits
|2005||Carrie Underwood||Some Hearts||"Before He Cheats"||Chris Tompkins|
|2006||Jimmy Buffett||Take the Weather with You||"Bama Breeze"||Mark Irwin, Chris Tompkins|
|Hank Williams Jr.||"That's How They Do It In Dixie"||Mark Irwin, Chris Tompkins|
|2009||Gloriana||Gloriana||"Wild at Heart"||Stephanie Bentley, Matt Serletic|
|Martina McBride||Shine||"Don't Cost A Dime"||Mark Irwin, Chris Tompkins|
|"Wild Rebel Rose"||Mark Irwin|
|Carrie Underwood||Play On||"Change"||Chris Tompkins, Katrina Elam|
|Chris Young||The Man I Want to Be||"It Takes A Man"||Ed Hill, David Frasier|
|2010||Gary Allan||Get Off on the Pain'||"Kiss Me When I'm Down"||Chris Tompkins, Andrew Dorff|
|Lady Antebellum||Need You Now||"Need You Now"||Hillary Scott, Charles Kelley, Dave Haywood|
|2011||Susan Boyle||Someone to Watch Over Me||"This Will Be The Year"||Shahid Kahn, Adele Emily Sandre|
|Gloriana||A Thousand Miles Left Behind||"(Kissed You) Good Night"||Tom Gossin|
|"Turn My World Around"||Mike Gossin, Matt Serletic|
|Eli Young Band||Life at Best||"Every Other Memory"||Catt Gravitt, Chris DeStefano|
|Lady Antebellum||Own the Night||"Dancin' Away with My Heart"||Hillary Scott, Charles Kelley, Dave Haywood|
|Martina McBride||Eleven'||"Broken Umbrella"||Mark Irwin, Chris Tompkins|
|"Long Distance Lullaby"||Martina McBride, Irwin|
|2012||Luke Bryan||Tailgates & Tanlines||"Drunk on You"||Rodney Clawson, Chris Tompkins|
|Carrie Underwood||Blown Away||"Blown Away"||Chris Tompkins|
|"Two Black Cadillacs"||Carrie Underwood, Hillary Lindsey|
|"Cupid's Got A Shotgun"||Carrie Underwood, Chris Tompkins|
|"One Way Ticket"||Carrie Underwood, Luke Laird|
|2013||Frankie Ballard||Sunshine & Whiskey||"Helluva Life"||Rodney Clawson, Chris Tompkins|
|Tyler Farr||Redneck Crazy||"Redneck Crazy"||Chris Tompkins, Mark Irwin|
|Lady Antebellum||Golden||"Can't Stand The Rain"||Hillary Scott, Charles Kelley, Dave Haywood|
|Tim McGraw||Two Lanes of Freedom''||"Tinted Windows"||Mark Irwin, Andrew Dorff|
|"Friend Of A Friend"||Mark Irwin, Andrew Dorff|
|"Highway Don't Care" (feat. Taylor Swift & Keith Urban)||Mark Irwin, Brad Warren, Brett Warren|
|Thomas Rhett||It Goes Like This||"Front Porch Junkies"||Thomas Rhett, Mark Irwin, Brett Warren, Brad Warren|
|Darius Rucker||True Believers||"True Believers"||Darius Rucker|
|"I Will Love You Still"|
|2014||Dierks Bentley||Riser||"Drunk on a Plane"||Dierks Bentley, Chris Tompkins|
|Boyzone||BZ20||"Light Up the Night"||Ed Hill|
|Lee Brice||I Don't Dance||"Drinking Class"||Ed Hill, David Frasier|
|"Panama City"||Mark Irwin, Chris Tompkins|
|Florida Georgia Line||Anything Goes||"Smoke"||Chris Tompkins|
|Andy Grammer||Magazines or Novels||"Red Eye"||Andy Grammer, Abram Dean, Mason Levy, Tommy Meredith, James Abrahart, Josiah Rosen|
|Lady Antebellum||747||"Long Stretch of Love"||Hillary Scott, Charles Kelley, Dave Haywood|
|"One Great Mystery"|
|Blake Shelton||Bringing Back the Sunshine||"Neon Light"||Andrew Dorff, Mark Irwin|
|Labrinth||Take Me to the Truth||"Jealous"||Labrinth, Natalie Hemby|
|2015||A Great Big World||When the Morning Comes||"One Step Ahead"||Ian Axel, Chad Vaccarino (A Great Big World)|
|"Where Does The Time Go"|
|Tyler Farr||Suffer in Peace||"Withdrawals"||Hillary Lindsey, Gordie Sampson|
|2016||Keith Urban||Ripcord||"Worry 'Bout Nothin"||Rodney Clawson, Chris Tompkins|
|Florida Georgia Line feat. Backstreet Boys||Dig Your Roots||"God, Your Mama and Me"||Hillary Lindsey, Gordie Sampson|
|LoCash||The Fighters||"Ring on Every Finger"||Jesse Erasure, Thomas Rhett|
|Dierks Bentley||Black||"What the Hell"||Ross Copperman, Chris Tompkins|
|Chris Lane||Girl Problems||"Girl Problems"||Chris DeStefano, Gorley|
|Charlie Puth||Nine Track Mind||"My Gospel"||Charlie Puth|
|2017||Lindsey Ell||The Project||"White Noise"||Kelsea Ballerini, Ross Copperman|
|Joe Nichols||Never Gets Old||"So You're Saying"||Chris Tompkins, Ross Copperman|
|Kip Moore||Slowheart||"Plead the Fifth"||Luke Dick|
|Tyminski||Southern Gothic||"Southern Gothic"||Dan Tyminski, Jesse Frasure|
|Luke Bryan||What Makes You Country||"Most People are Good"||David Frasier, Ed Hill|
|"Hung Over in a Hotel Room"||Rodney Clawson, Chris Tompkins|
|2018||Dierks Bentley||The Mountain||"Woman, Amen"||Dierks Bentley, Ross Copperman|
|Clare Dunn||More - Single||"More"||Claire Dunn, Gordie Sampson|
|Mason Ramsey||The Famous - EP||"The Way I See it"||Rodney Clawson, Corey Crowder|
|Runaway June||Buy My Own Drinks - Single||"Buy My Own Drinks"||Hillary Lindsey, Jennifer Wayne, Hannah Mulholland, Naomi Cooke|
|Drake White||Pieces - EP||"The Best is Yet to Come"||Drake White, Busbee|
|2019||Backstreet Boys||DNA||"Just Like You Like It"||Ross Copperman, Dustin Lynch|
|Grammy||Before He Cheats||Nominated||Song of the Year|
|Grammy||Before He Cheats||Won||Country Song of the Year|
|Grammy||Need You Now||Won||Song of the Year|
|Grammy||Need You Now||Won||Country Song of the Year|
|Grammy||Blown Away||Won||Country Song of the Year|
|Academy of Country Music||N/A||Nominated||Songwriter of the Year|
|Academy of Country Music||Before He Cheats||Nominated||Song of the Year|
|Academy of Country Music||Need You Now||Won||Song of the Year|
|Country Music Association||Before He Cheats||Nominated||Song of the Year|
|Country Music Association||Need You Now||Nominated||Song of the Year|
|ASCAP Awards - Country||Before He Cheats||Won||Song of the Year|
|ASCAP Awards - Country||Need You Now||Won||Song of the Year|
|World Music Awards||Blown Away||Nominated||World's Best Song|
|ASCAP Music Awards||Not Applicable||Won||Writer of the Year|
|ASCAP Music Awards||Drunk on You||Won||Song of the Year|
|British Country Music Awards||Highway Don't Care||Won||International Song of the Year|
-  Carrie Underwood Associated Press
-  AIMP Panel 2012 - Josh Kear, Mike Stoller, Desmond Child
- Winners List at cmaawards.com
-  GulfCoastNews.com Feature Article
- Big Yellow Dog Music website
-  Playback Magazine Feature Story
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