Josh Kear

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Josh Kear
Kear in 2018
Kear in 2018
Background information
OriginJonesborough, Tennessee, United States
Years active1996–present

Josh Kear is a Nashville-based songwriter signed to Sony/ATV Music Publishing.[1]

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.[citation needed] His song "Drinking Class", performed by Lee Brice, was the most played country song of 2015 according to the Billboard country airplay chart.[citation needed] 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,[2] "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.[citation needed]

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.[citation needed]

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.[citation needed]

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”.[citation needed] In 2013 he won the ASCAP Country Songwriter of the Year award.[citation needed]

Kear is an advocate for songwriter's rights. He has made multiple trips to Washington D.C. to lobby congress on behalf of songwriters.[citation needed] 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.[citation needed] 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.[3]

Selected songwriting credits[edit]

Year Artist Album Song Co-Writers
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
"Goodbye Town"
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[4]
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[5]
LoCash The Fighters "Ring on Every Finger" Jesse Erasure, Thomas Rhett
Dierks Bentley Black "What the Hell" Ross Copperman, Chris Tompkins[6]
Chris Lane Girl Problems "Girl Problems" Chris DeStefano, Gorley
Charlie Puth Nine Track Mind "My Gospel" Charlie Puth[7]
2017 Lindsey Ell The Project "White Noise" Kelsea Ballerini, Ross Copperman[8]
Joe Nichols Never Gets Old "So You're Saying" Chris Tompkins, Ross Copperman[9]
Kip Moore Slowheart "Plead the Fifth" Luke Dick[10]
Tyminski Southern Gothic "Southern Gothic" Dan Tyminski, Jesse Frasure[11]
Luke Bryan What Makes You Country "Most People are Good" David Frasier, Ed Hill[12]
"Hung Over in a Hotel Room" Rodney Clawson, Chris Tompkins[12]
2018 Dierks Bentley The Mountain "Woman, Amen" Dierks Bentley, Ross Copperman[13]
Clare Dunn More - Single "More" Claire Dunn, Gordie Sampson[14]
Mason Ramsey The Famous - EP "The Way I See it" Rodney Clawson, Corey Crowder[15]
Runaway June Buy My Own Drinks - Single "Buy My Own Drinks" Hillary Lindsey, Jennifer Wayne, Hannah Mulholland, Naomi Cooke[16]
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[17]


Award Song Nominated/Won Category
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

External links[edit]


  1. ^ "Josh Kear Joins Sony/ATV Music Publishing Nashville (Exclusive)". 2020-06-29. Retrieved 2020-07-09.
  2. ^ "Luke Bryan Scores 20th No. 1 Single With 'Most People Are Good'". Taste of Country. Retrieved 2018-09-04.
  3. ^ Hayes, Tim (December 17, 2013). "ASCAP Releases 100th Birthday Song & Video "More Than the Stars" Featuring Ne-Yo, Members of Lady Antebellum, Dan Wilson, ill Withers, Aloe Blacc and Nine Other Top Songwriters and Composers". Market Wired. Retrieved October 30, 2017.
  4. ^ Tyler Farr – Withdrawals, retrieved 2017-10-30
  5. ^ "Florida Georgia Line, Backstreet Boys, 'God, Your Mama & Me'". Taste of Country. Retrieved 2017-10-30.
  6. ^ "Dierks Bentley, 'What the Hell Did I Say' [Listen]". Taste of Country. Retrieved 2017-10-30.
  7. ^ "My Gospel by Charlie Puth Songfacts". Retrieved 2018-04-18.
  8. ^ Lindsay Ell - White Noise, retrieved 2017-10-30
  9. ^ "So You're Saying - Joe Nichols | Song Info | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 2017-10-30.
  10. ^ "Hear Kip Moore's Spiky New Song 'Plead the Fifth'". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2017-10-30.
  11. ^ "Bluegrass Hero Dan Tyminski Readies Solo Album 'Southern Gothic'". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2017-10-30.
  12. ^ a b LTD., BubbleUp. "What Makes You Country - Available December 8th". Retrieved 2017-10-30.
  13. ^ "dierks bentley woman amen - Google Search". Retrieved 2018-04-18.
  14. ^ Retrieved 2018-09-04. {{cite web}}: Missing or empty |title= (help)
  15. ^ "Mason Ramsey Releases "The Way I See It," "Jambalaya (On The Bayou)"". MusicRow - Nashville's Music Industry Publication - News, Songs From Music City. 2018-06-29. Retrieved 2018-09-04.
  16. ^ Runaway June – Buy My Own Drinks, retrieved 2018-09-04
  17. ^ Backstreet Boys – Just Like You Like It, retrieved 2019-01-25