While most Nashvillians were rushing into the chilly Monday twilight (Jan. 11) to begin their commute home, a throng of Music Row folk was converging on the Cannery One performance space to toast the architects of Chris Young’s latest hit, “I’m Comin’ Over.”
The honorees were Young, who co-wrote and co-produced the song with Corey Crowder, and additional co-writer Josh Hoge.
The event was jointly sponsored by the performance rights organizations BMI (of which Young is a member), ASCAP (Crowder) and SESAC (Hoge).
Speaking for BMI, Bradley Collins announced that “I’m Comin’ Over” is Young’s sixth No. 1 as an artist and first as a producer.
The song rose to No. 1 in November and stayed there for three weeks. It has just been certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America for having sold 1 million copies.
A representative of Country Radio Broadcasters said “I’m Comin’ Over” is the fastest-rising single of Young’s career.
ASCAP’s Mike Sistad noted that in addition to the honor at hand, Crowder also has four credits on the current Billboard country airplay chart — as a songwriter on A Thousand Horses’ “(This Ain’t No) Drunk Dial” and Eric Paslay’s “High Class” and as a writer and producer on Young’s “Think of You,” featuring Cassadee Pope.
Besides all that, Sistad said, Crowder wrote the theme song for the CMT series, Gainesville/em>.
As is ASCAP tradition for its songwriters scoring their first No. 1, Crowder was presented a commemorative acoustic guitar.
Shannan Hatch congratulated Hoge on SESAC’s behalf. Observing that Hoge is that rarest of creatures in the country music industry — an actual native of Nashville — she added, “He’s kinda like a unicorn.”
Hoge told the revelers that he had toured with Miranda Lambert and sung with her in front of crowds of 20,000 but that he was somewhat scared at being a center of attention at Monday’s celebration.
He wasn’t too scared, however, to crack a joke or two. Reaching down to adjust the microphone, he said, “I’m going to raise this up. I don’t think Justin Moore is coming to celebrate.”
Hoge went on to speak about the friendship that has developed among the three honorees. “We share more than just writing songs together,” he said.
“I’ve been in the music business for 14 years,” said Crowder, “[through] two record deals, three publishing deals, hundreds of shows, hundreds of co-writes, hundreds of songs … hundreds of dollars.”
He became emotional when he told about his young son who likes to visit Nashville’s Omni Hotel to ride the escalator and toss pennies into the fountain/wishing well. On one such visit, he recalled, the little boy tossed in a coin and wished aloud that his dad would get a No. 1 song.
In spite of the fact that the temperature was hovering around freezing, Young said he was glad to be back in Nashville. Last week, he said, he was in sub-zero Minneapolis and forced to stand outside in the cold while heaters were brought in to thaw the locks on his bus door.
Calling the cause for this celebration “one of the most special things I’ve stood on the stage to talk about,” Young praised his co-writers for being able to engage their feelings in their songs.
“I think both these guys are emotional guys,” he said.