Rosanne Cash Among Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame’s Newest Inductees

Mark James, Even Stevens, Craig Wiseman Will Also Be Officially Inducted in October

Rosanne Cash, Mark James, Even Stevens and Craig Wiseman have been named the latest inductees into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame.

They will be added to the other 196 members of the organization during ceremonies on Oct. 11 in Nashville.

Cash, who is being honored in the songwriter-artist category, is the daughter of Johnny Cash and his first wife, Vivian Liberto. Born in Memphis, Rosanne Cash has released 15 albums and earned four Grammys. Her songwriting credits include her first No. 1 single, “Seven Year Ache,” along with “Blue Moon With Heartache,” “I Don’t Know Why You Don’t Want Me,” “Second to No One,” “Hold On,” “If You Change Your Mind,” “What We Really Want” and “The Wheel.”

Cash’s latest album, The River and the Thread, received three Grammys earlier this year. She has also been selected as the 2015 artist in residence for the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville, where she will perform three concerts in September.

James, a Houston native, has a long list of classic hits, including B.J. Thomas’ “The Eyes of New York Woman” and “Hooked on a Feeling” and Elvis Presley’s “Suspicious Minds” and “Moody Blue.” He also co-wrote “Always on My Mind,” a Grammy-winning song recorded by Willie Nelson, Presley and numerous other artists.

Stevens, a noted songwriter, producer and graphic artist, was born in Ohio. The late Eddie Rabbitt achieved massive success in the ‘70s and ‘80s songs he co-wrote with Stevens, including “Drinkin’ My Baby (Off My Mind),” Drivin’ My Life Away,” “I Love a Rainy Night,” “Step by Step” and “Suspicions.” Stevens other songwriting credits include Dr. Hook’s “When You’re in Love With a Beautiful Woman,” Conway Twitty’s “Crazy in Love” and Kenny Rogers’ “Love Will Turn You Around.”

Wiseman moved to from Mississippi to Nashville in 1985 and received his first cut by Roy Orbison. One of Nashville’s most prolific and successful songwriters, his credits include Tim McGraw’s “Live Like You Were Dying” and “Where the Green Grass Grows,” Kenny Chesney’s “Summertime” and “The Good Stuff,” Brooks & Dunn’s “Believe” and Toby Keith’s “Love Me if You Can.” Wiseman’s catalog also include two major hits for Blake Shelton — “Boys ’Round Here” (with the Pistol Annies) and “Hillbilly Bone” (with Trace Adkins).

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