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Song of the Year

Honoring Brett James, Hillary Lindsey and Gordie Sampson

"Jesus, Take The Wheel"
Writers: Brett James, Hillary Lindsey, Gordie Sampson
Publishers: Cornman Music, Dimensional Music Publishing, No Such Music,
Passing Stranger Music, Raylene Music, Songs of Combustion, Sony/ATV Music,
Windswept Music
Performed by: Carrie Underwood

Brett James


As one of the most prominent songwriters in Nashville, Brett embodies the success most writers aspire to achieve. With his songs recorded by too various to list, Brett is the only songwriter who has appeared on Billboard magazine's year-end top-ten country songwriters list for each of the past five years. An incredible feat for any songwriter, it holds special significance for Brett-he was enrolled in medical school at the University of Oklahoma until the spring of 2000. Today, his biggest successes have come with Kenny Chesney/Uncle Kracker's "When the Sun Goes Down" (No.1 for six weeks), Jessica Andrew's "Who I Am" (No. 1 for 4 weeks), Martina McBride "Blessed" (No.1 for 2 weeks), two No.1 Pop songs in Europe, and Paulina Rubio's top five Latin international pop hit, "Todo Mi Amor." Brett's most recent success came with Carrie Underwood's debut single, "Jesus, Take the Wheel," which spent six weeks at No.1 on Billboard and received the ACM for single of the year, an the ASCAP award for Song of The Year. "Jesus, Take the Wheel" also earned Brett and his co-writers 2006 CCMA/SOCAN award. With all his success, this Oklahoma native, father of four, producer, former artist and med-school student, and modern-day Renaissance man continues to write hit songs. His most recent cuts included Sara Evans "Cheatin," Pat Green's "Feels Just Like it Should," and Kenny Chesney's current single "You Save Me."

Hillary Lindsey

Growing up in the small town of Washington, GA, Hillary began writing songs at the age of 10. After moving to Nashville, attending Belmont University, and quickly being offered a publishing deal, she had 8 cuts in her first year as a songwriter. Today, artists such as Faith Hill, Tim McGraw, Martina McBride, Trisha Yearwood, Sara Evans, Lee Ann Womack, Jessica Andrews, and Lindsey Lohan perform Hillary's songs. In 2002 Hillary enjoyed her first No. 1 single, "Blessed," which was recorded by Martina McBride and spent 2 weeks at number one. Now, Hillary can add Carrie Underwood's debut single, "Jesus, Take the Wheel," to her list of hit songs. The song not only spent six weeks in 2006 at No.1, but it also received single of the year at the ACM Awards and ASCAP's Song of the Year. "Jesus, Take the Wheel also earned Hillary and her co-writers the 2006 CCMA/SOCAN award. Other hit songs for Hillary include Sara Evan's "Backseat of a Greyhound Bus" (top 15), Martina McBride's "This One's For the Girls" (top 5), and EMI Belgium recording artist Sarah's "Very Last Moment" (No.1 on Pop Charts).

Gordie Sampson

As an incredibly talented songwriter, producer, and artist, Canadian-born Gordie Sampon is making quite a name for himself through his presence in the Nashville music scene. Gordie's songwriting career began in the early 1990s and since then major country artists, such as Faith Hill ("Paris"), Keith Urban ("The Hard Way" and "You (or Somebody Like You)"), LeAnn Rimes ("Save Myself" and "Long Night"), Trace Adkins ("Words Get in the Way"), and George Canyon ("My Name"), have recorded his songs. It was Carrie Underwood's debut single, "Jesus, Take the Wheel," however, that launched Gordie to a new level of success and respect in country music. "Jesus, Take the Wheel," co-written with Brett James and Hillary Lindsey, spent six weeks at number one on the Billboard charts, and earned Gordie his first No.1 single and a CCMA/SOCAN Award for Songwriter of the Year. In addition to his brilliant songwriting ability, this Cape Breton native has released two solo albums, both of which have received several ECMA and MIANS nominations and awards for writing and artistry, and he produced several albums for artists such as Damhnait Doyle and Natalie MacMaster. Gordie's growing talent and success proves we can expect much more from him in the future.