Randy Houser Celebrates “Runnin’ Outta Moonlight” With Songwriters

Dallas Davidson, Kelley Lovelace and Ashley Gorley Honored at No. 1 Party

Randy Houser celebrated the success of “Runnin’ Outta Moonlight” on Tuesday (Oct. 22) by returning to the site where the music video for his two-week No. 1 single was shot — Nashville’s Adventure Science Center.

The main spotlight, however, was on the song’s writers — Dallas Davidson, Kelley Lovelace and Ashley Gorley.

Sponsors of the celebration were BMI and ASCAP, the performance rights organizations. Davidson is affiliated with BMI, Lovelace and Gorley with ASCAP.

BMI’s Bradley Collins greeted the crowd that filled a gallery with a wide view of the Nashville skyline.

Collins praised “Runnin’ Outta Moonlight” as “a summer smash, instantly recognizable” and noted it was Davidson’s 16th No. 1. He also pointed out that Davidson has just scored his 17th No. 1 with the ascent to the top of Luke Bryan’s “That’s My Kind of Night.”

Davidson was BMI’s songwriter of the year in 2011 and 2012.

“Runnin’ Outta Moonlight,” Collins noted, is Houser’s second No. 1, following the triumph earlier this year of his “How Country Feels.”

“Moonlight” has been certified platinum for a million digital downloads, while “How Country Feels” is at the gold level for half-a-million sales. Collins then relinquished the microphone to ASCAP’s Ryan Beuschel, who pointed out that the song is also Lovelace’s 16th No. 1 and that he has had at least one No. 1 each year since 1999, referring to Brad Paisley’s “He Didn’t Have to Be.”

Beuschel reminded the well-wishers that only 28 days had elapsed since Gorley’s last No. 1 party — that one for co-writing Brett Eldredge’s “Don’t Ya” — and that two more of his songs have since topped the chart.

“Moonlight” is Gorley’s 10th hit, Beuschel confirmed.

Tom Luteran, speaking for Davidson’s and Lovelace’s publisher, Sony ATV Music, declared, “We’re witnessing history right now. This is rare air. This is the cream of the crop.”

He said Davidson’s songs had “changed country radio” and lauded Lovelace for his consistency as a composer.

“His preparation [for songwriting] is legendary,” Luteran said. “He’s really a detail-oriented guy.”

Of Houser, he said, “When you get Randy’s vocals on anything, it’s monumental.”

Houser told the crowd he was in the last day of recording his latest album, How Country Feels, when he decided to do one more sweep of possible songs to include. That’s when he encountered both “Runnin’ Outta Moonlight” and his new single, “Goodnight Kiss.”

Seeming to speak for both his co-writers, Davidson asserted, “When you have a No. 1 party, you want it to be with your buddies. That’s what today is.”

View photos from the No. 1 party.
Edward Morris is a veteran of country music journalism. He lives in Nashville, Tennessee, and is a frequent contributor to CMT.com.