For over a decade, Grammy Award-winning songwriter and producer Brett James has been one of the most prolific and versatile songwriters in Nashville having had more than 300 of his songs recorded by major label recording artists. James has become a fixture on the Billboard Country chart with 25 #1 songs and scores of top 20 singles to his credit.
A native of Oklahoma City, Brett attended Baylor University where he completed two years of medical school before moving to Nashville to pursue his dream of becoming a country star. In 1995, Brett James was signed to the Arista subsidiary Career Records and subsequently released his self-titled debut album. Career Records was later dissolved in consolidation and with it, James’s recording artist aspirations. Brett persevered and became known primarily as a songwriter for other country and pop music artists.
His #1 songs include Carrie Underwood’s “Jesus, Take the Wheel”, which received Grammy Awards for Best Country Song and Best Female Country Vocal Performance and also number-one hits for Jason Aldean, Kelly Clarkson, Kenny Chesney, Uncle Kracker, Tim McGraw, Jessica Andrews, Martina McBride, Dierks Bentley, Rascal Flatts, Chris Young, Miranda Lambert, and more.
The list of artists that have recorded songs penned by Brett James resembles a who’s who in country music list, but also straddles genre lines into American and pop music. Some notable pop artists to record James’ songs include Kelly Clarkson, Jon Bon Jovi, Daughtry, The Backstreet Boys, Chicago, and Leona Lewis. Brett has also scored #1 songs in Europe and a worldwide top 5 Latin hit with the song ‘Todo Mi Amor’ recorded by Paulina Rubio. Outside the writer’s room, Brett’s talents have earned production credits that include Taylor Swift, Jessica Simpson, Josh Gracin and Kip Moore.
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