BMI Tips Its Hat to Writers of Kenny Chesney’s No. 1 “Live a Little”

Although Kenny Chesney wasn’t there to join in the revelry, BMI threw a party at its Nashville headquarters Thursday (June 2) to pay tribute to the writers of his latest No. 1 single, “Live a Little.” The honorees were BMI’s Shane Minor and ASCAP’s David Lee Murphy. BMI’s Clay Bradley pointed out it was Murphy’s second No. 1 celebration within the past four weeks, the other being for co-authoring Thompson Square’s “Are You Gonna Kiss Me or Not.” It was also his second chart-topper for Chesney. His first was “Living in Fast Forward” in 2006. Bradley noted as well that this was Minor’s fifth No. 1 song of his career. Both Minor and Murphy are former recording artists themselves — Minor for Mercury and Murphy for MCA. Of Chesney’s impact on songwriters, Bradley observed, “We all know that when he records one of your songs, it changes your life — literally.” Alluding to the singer’s affinity for tropical themes, record producer Buddy Cannon drawled, “I’m just glad the song didn’t say anything about the beach.”