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Songwriter Wyatt Durrette, known for co-writing 14 #1 hit songs with some of country’s biggest artists, has won SESAC’s coveted “Song of the Year” award for “Even Though I’m Leaving,” recorded by Luke Combs and co-written with Combs and Ray Fulcher. This week, the popular song has also been nominated for the CMA Awards’ “Song of the Year.” Luke Combs has enjoyed a smash hit with the “Even Though I’m Leaving,” which was published by Rosest Music. Durrette also garnered both SESAC and CMA “Song of the Year” awards in 2019 with Luke Combs’ “Beautiful Crazy.” Catch Luke sharing a big congratulations to Wyatt in a personal video on his Facebook
Durrette also has a string of hits with Zac Brown Band, like their trademark anthem “Chicken Fried,” which sits at number 39 for the Taste of Country’s “Top 100 Country Songs of all Time” chart. Known for his incredible songwriting skills, Durrette has recently shared some of his secrets and techniques with American Songwriter
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Earlier this year, Durrette collaborated with singer-songwriter Mel Washington for the powerful single “Love Wins.
” – a conversational style tune that stemmed from a conversation about racial injustice in our country and grew into a bigger message for these changing times. The two artists hope that “Love Wins.” will bring people together and inspire positive change in communities. CMT praised “Love Wins.” as, “a topical song that doesn’t offer a partisan stance or angry confrontations. Instead it’s built around mutual respect, common ground, and of course, love.” Watch the intimate performance video on YouTube
Additionally, Durrette has recently co-founded the weekly livestream concert series Southern Rounds, with host Kevin MaC, a prolific country singer-songwriter and storyteller. Southern Rounds took the tradition of Nashville’s songwriter rounds and created the FIRST virtual “songwriters in the round” where, for one magical night a week, artists weave stories and songs into an immersive and entertaining experience. Co-Founder Richard Blackstone: “the concept of Southern Rounds was to get as many songwriters working as possible, knowing that it was harder for songwriters to make the kind of living that they could back in the day when there were albums and album tracks and more opportunities. So many songwriters are incredibly multi-talented and we want to support them financially while creating a platform to showcase their talents. We’ve created a growing community of music lovers and song lovers who keep coming back each week.”
Co-Founder Wyatt Durrette adds: “Also it’s about songs. Hundreds of songs are written a year by every songwriter in Nashville with only a chance of lightning striking for the world to hear them. The world needs to hear so many of these songs. Or maybe just one person in the room that night needed to hear a song and not feel alone. That’s what it’s about too: connection. That’s something we all chase. We believe music is the ultimate connector and through these amazing songs and songwriters we hope to make that happen for all of us every week online and hopefully on a stage someday soon.” Catch the series at www.beherepresents.com
ABOUT WYATT DURRETTE:
Wyatt Durrette is an acclaimed singer/songwriter originally from Richmond, VA who now is based in the Charleston, SC area. Best known for his work with Luke Combs and Zac Brown Band, Wyatt’s songs have garnered a record-setting collection of hits. Combs’ song “Beautiful Crazy” co-written by Wyatt, won the CMA Song of the Year, has gone 4X PLATINUM and sat at #1 for seven weeks. Comb’s latest single, “Even Though I’m Leaving”, was also co-written by Wyatt and topped the Billboard Country Airplay chart at #1.
In total, more than forty artist songwriting collaborations have led to 2 BILLION digital streams, 24 MILLION singles sold, 9 MILLION albums sold, 14 Numbers Ones and 17 Number Ones at Country & Rock Radio. Hot off the heels of a GRAMMY win for the Zac Brown Band as “Best New Artist,” the band made history as the first artist to achieve four #1 songs in a row from a debut album—all four of these songs co-written by Wyatt, including #1 platinum hits “Chicken Fried,” “Toes,” as well as “Whatever It Is,” and “Highway 20 Ride.” His songs have since helped secure 8 GRAMMY Awards and countless nominations.
Wyatt has been presented with the incredible honor of the CMA Triple Play Award not once, but twice, as “Chicken Fried,” “Whatever It Is,” and “Toes” were all chart-topping hits within a twelve-month period, followed by “Highway 20 Ride,” “As She’s Walking Away,” and “Colder Weather.” Wyatt’s writing also led to GRAMMY and Academy Award nominations in 2010 for “Where the River Goes”, a song written for the motion Picture Footloose.
ABOUT SOUTHERN ROUNDS:
The weekly series features a revolving list of songwriters ranging from superstars to prolific, all hitmakers with a story to tell. The series airs weekly each Wednesday at 7 pm CST / 8 pm EST and is hosted by Be Here Presents.