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Songwriter Brett James

Songwriter Brett James

In this songwriter profile we’ll take a look at one of Nashville’s biggest hit makers, Brett James.  He’s had over 300 songs recorded and has worked on albums with combined sales of over 100 million copies. He’s the founder and CEO of Cornman Music and considered one of the most influential songwriters in Nashville.


How He Got To Songwriting


Medical school!  That’s right, Brett James Cornelius was in medical school in Oklahoma then left to become a recording artist on Career Records (subsidiary of Arista). He returned to medical school for a brief period, until he started writing for others and co-writing in the early 2000’s. He later became a record producer, eventually founding his own company.  Full Bio


His Songs & Songwriting Process


CMA Songwriter Series “You Save Me”


ASCAP Expo: On Songwriting


CMA Songwriter Series – Library Of Congress


Performs “Jesus Take The Wheel” at the Bluebird Cafe


Brett James’ Stats


Arrived In Nashville
First Song On Charts
“You Won’t Be Lonely Now”
Billy Ray Cyrus (1999)
#1 Songs (Pop & Country charts)
ASCAP Songwriter of the Year
(2006 & 2010)
Grammy for Best Country Song
“Jesus Take The Wheel” (2007)


Web Kitchen Sink


Three Brett James songs reviewed by Country Universe


Interviews & Social Sites


Songwriters Brett James’ Has Gotten Cuts With


I restricted this list to songwriters on another artists record unless they are a singer-songwriter. So if it was for their own, they’re not listed here.


 A – L  M – Z
 Walter Afanasieff  Jodi Marr
 Kelly Archer  Dennis Matkosky
 Hunter Armistead  Aimee Mayo
 John Bettis  Kevin Mason
 Steve Bogard  Terry McBride
 Terry Clayton  Thom McHugh
 Jim Collins  Joey Moi
 Brad Crisler  Ashley Monroe
 Blair Daly  Sam Mullins
 Ester Dean  Tim Nichols
 Jay DeMarcus  Jamie O’Neal
 Dillon Dixon  Angelo Petraglia
 Marty Dodson  Justin Andrew Pollard
 Katrina Elam  Jimmy Ritchey
 Mike Elizondo  Frank Rogers
 Kevin Fisher  Joe Don Rooney
 Chris Farren  Rivers Rutherford
 Steven Greenberg  Gordie Sampson
 Dean Grakal  Leslie Satcher
 Del Gray  Don Schlitz
 Lucy Hale  John Shanks
 Jedd Hughes  Tom Shapiro
 Ronnie Jackson  Caitlyn Smith
 Tommy Lee James  Jay Smith
 Doug Johnson  Shaye Smith
 Dante Jones  Josh Turner
 Brian Kennedy  Carrie Underwood
 Jennifer Kimball  Troy Verges
 Chad Kroeger  Justin Weaver
 Luke Laird  Fred Wilhelm
 Holly Lamar  Lonnie Wilson
 Chris Lindsey
 Hilary Lindsey
 Bill Luther


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