Ashley Gorley on Teaching and Being Taught at the Same Time
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Ashley Gorley is one of the most prolific songwriters in the history of Nashville. We get to go the behind the scenes of what it takes to make a hit song in Music City. Ashley shares that most songs are co-written and are a “series of a thousand decisions made in a few hours.”
Buckle in, because this episode was a bucket list one for sure! Chris got to sit down for an in-depth discussion on all things songwriting with the man, the myth, the legend - Ashley Gorley. This hitmaker is currently the only writer in any genre to earn 50 No. 1 singles in the history of the Billboard charts - and in our interview, he gives us an inside look at just what makes his brain tick. Jump in as we discuss what makes a song someone’s favorite song, the invaluable advice he gives his writers at Tape Room Music, and more - but be ready to take notes. Thanks for listening, and don’t forget to check out our bi-weekly Spotify playlists to hear our favorite cuts from every guest.
We last spoke with this guest in Season 2. Since then he has earned 47 No. 1 singles and has had more than 300 songs recorded by artists such as Luke Bryan, Carrie Underwood, Florida Georgia Line, Blake Shelton, Brad Paisley, Jason Aldean, and Darius Rucker. He has been named the ASCAP Country Songwriter of the Year 7 times. And the NSAI Songwriter of the Year 4 times. He has been nominated for multiple Grammy, CMA, and ACM Awards and is the most decorated CMA Triple Play Awards recipient with 15 total trophies to his credit. In 2011, he formed Tape Room Music, a publishing company with a focus on artist development. And The Writer Is… Ashley Gorley!Please join us to help keep the music community alive and thriving, giving it as much as it gives us. To donate or to apply for assistance visit the MusiCares COVID-19 Relief Fund site: https://www.grammy.com/musicares/get-help/musicares-coronavirus-relief-fund Watch this video interview on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/andthewriteris or on Instagram at @andthewriteris.See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Ashley Gorley joins Virgil to discuss his journey to becoming the all-time leader in #1 songs written, passing some guy named Paul McCartney. The 6-time ASCAP Songwriter of the Year award winner discusses his processes that have allowed him so much radical success. He delves into his influences, styles, and ideals he utilizes while on a session. Ashley shares his love for basketball, especially UK, and how his pick up games at home are so fulfilling to him.
Episode 37 – Ashley Gorley shares his journey to writing 39 #1 country hits and what it takes!
In Episode 37, I pull the Rambler down to Franklin to hang out with Ashley Gorley for a bit. A few days before I interviewed Gorley, he landed his 39th #1! It was fun to hear a bit of what all it takes to be a very successful song writer as well as keep a balanced family life. Ashley Gorley is an American songwriter, publisher, and producer from Danville, Kentucky, who is based in Nashville, Tennessee. Gorley is an undeniable force. 6-Time ASCAP Songwriter Of The Year winner (’09,’14,’15,’16,’17,’18) has 39 #1 singles (as of March 2019) to his name and has over three hundred songs recorded by well-known artists such as Luke Bryan, Carrie Underwood, Florida Georgia Line, Blake Shelton, Brad Paisley, Jason Aldean, Darius Rucker, Trace Adkins, to name a few. He was 3-Time NSAI Songwriter of the Year (’14, ’16, ’17). 12-time CMA Triple Play award winner. 3-time Billboard #1 Country Songwriter of the Year (’13, ’16, ’17), 12-Time CMA Triple Play Award Winner, and 2013 ACM Songwriter Of The Year Nominee. In addition to his chart topping singles, he co-wrote “Strong” for the 2014 National Chevy Silverado Advertising Campaign. A few recent singles are #1 singles include “Marry Me” by Thomas Rhett and “What Makes You Country” by Luke Bryan. Gorley has written some of Country Music’s most memorable songs of the last 15 years including Brad Paisley’s #1 “Then” , Trace Adkins’ #1 “You’re Gonna Miss This”, Carrie Underwood’s #1 “All-American Girl” , Darius Rucker’s#1 “It Won’t Be Like This For Long” and the #1 Brad Paisley / Keith Urban duet “Start A Band”. In 2011, Gorley formed Tape Room Music, a publishing company with a focus on artist development. Writers for Tape Room Music have already celebrated eleven #1 songs and eight top ten singles. I have enjoyed knowing Ashley over the years and seeing him go from a songwriter we a few hits to being one of the top songwriter in Nashville. As his success has grown, he has always stayed humble. He has an awesome wife, Mandy, who has been his biggest cheerleader and supporter. He talks about how important she is to their family. If Ashley is working, you can find him coaching his kids sporting events or creating memorable experience with his family. Shout out from Ashley:Favorite Local Restaurants:Too many to listFavorite Non Profits :My Life Speaks You can connect with Ashley Gorley:Just turn on a country radio station to hear one of his songsAshley Gorley or Tape Room Music Sponsors for the PodcastMe….Andrew Buckwalter @ BuckwalterImpactGroup of Benchmark Realty for all your real estate needsBrandon Hutcheson for all your lender needs @ LegacymutualDavid Webber for all your title and closing needs @ Limestone Title & Escrow
Ashley Gorley has written 37 #1 singles and has had more than 300 songs recorded by artists such as Luke Bryan, Carrie Underwood, Florida Georgia Line, Blake Shelton, Brad Paisley, Jason Aldean and Darius Rucker. He was named the ASCAP Country Songwriter of the Year in 2009, 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017, Billboard Country Songwriter of the Year in 2013, 2016, and 2017, and the NSAI Songwriter of the Year in 2013, 2016 and 2017. Gorley has been nominated for multiple Grammy and CMA and ACM Awards, and has received the CMA’s Triple Play Award eleven times in his career, which recognizes songwriters with three or more #1 songs in one year. In 2016, he became the first songwriter to be honored with three CMA Triple Play Awards in a single year, for earning nine chart-topping songs in a 12-month period. In 2011, Gorley formed Tape Room Music, a publishing company with a focus on artist development. Writers for Tape Room Music have already celebrated twelve #1 songs and eight top ten singles by artists such as Florida Georgia Line, Sam Hunt, Keith Urban, and Dustin Lynch. At just 41, Nashville songwriter Ashley Gorley has written a mind-boggling 37 #1 hits. He has writing credits on over 300 recorded songs. Hilary got to sit down with the prolific songwriter, publisher, and producer to learn more about the hitmaker, what his day-to-day life is like, and why he prefers for Carrie Underwood to not do the singing in a writing session. Learn more about Ashley's publishing company, Tape Room Music. Listen to the Spotify playlist of Ashley's #1 songs. Connect with Hilary on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. This episode is sponsored by the Side Hustle Starter Kit.
#132 - Ashley Gorley: Wrote 37 No. 1 Songs including Dirty Laundry, Marry Me and Dirt On My Boots
Ashley Gorley has written 37 No. 1 (and counting). Everyone from Luke Bryan, Blake Shelton to Dierks Bentley. He has also several No. 1 songs with Carrie Underwood who he says is also an amazing writer. He talks about how he started never wanting to be an artist but just loved creative writing growing up. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
He's written 35 #1 singles and had more than 300 songs recorded by artists such as Luke Bryan, Carrie Underwood, Florida Georgia Line, Blake Shelton, Brad Paisley, Jason Aldean, and Darius Rucker. He was named the ASCAP Country Songwriter of the Year in 2009, 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017, Billboard Country Songwriter of the Year 2013 and 2016, the NSAI Songwriter of the Year 2013 and 2016, and has received the CMA Triple Play Award nine times in his career (presented to a songwriter who has penned three #1 singles in 12 months). In 2011, he partnered with Combustion Music and Warner Chappell Music to begin his own publishing venture, Tape Room Music. And The Writer Is...This Year's ASCAP Country Songwriter of The Year Ashley Gorley! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.