Ashley Gorley is Country Music Awards’ Songwriter of the Year

Ashley Gorley
Ashley Gorley

Record-breaking Ashley Gorley takes home the prize

Ashley Gorley is named Songwriter of the Year for a record fifth time at this year’s ASCAP Country Music Awards

After another dominant year, which has seen nine of his songs among the most-performed titles of the eligibility period, Ashley Gorley collected his record-breaking fifth title at Monday night’s ASCAP County Music Awards.

Included in his hot streak were the Carrie Underwood song Dirty Laundry and Blake Shelton’s A Guy With A Girl. With his Thomas Rhett co-write Unforgettable topping Billboard’s Country Airplay chart on the same night, it really was an evening to remember for the Kentucky-born writer.

Elsewhere, Rodney Crowell was bestowed with the Founders Award, following in the footsteps of Tom Petty, Emmylou Harris, and Garth Brooks, while Kelsea Ballerini was presented with the Vanguard Award, which recognises an up-and-coming songwriter who is shaping the future of the country genre.

Other winners on the night included Dave Kuncio and Josh Mirenda (Country Music Song of the Year), Warner/ Chappell Music Publishing (Publisher of the Year) and concert promoters Varnell Enterprises (Partners In Music). There were also performances by Old Dominion, Keith Urban, and Vince Gill.

It’s a big week in the world of country, with Nashville preparing itself for tonight’s 51st CMA Awards. Hosted by Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood, it’s another chance to celebrate those who put the music into Music City.

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