Eric Church and Co-Writer Jeff Hyde Celebrate “Record Year”

Doleful Song Nominated for Three CMA Awards

Eric Church and his co-writer, Jeff Hyde, journeyed to BMI’s Nashville headquarters Tuesday afternoon (Oct. 11) to accept praises and trophies for their joint composition, “Record Year.”

The song is Church’s fifth No. 1 as an artist and Hyde’s second as a songwriter.

“Every single piece of music this man makes has had an impact way beyond its chart position,” said Mike Dungan, head of Universal Music Group Nashville, of which Church’s label is a part.

A capacity crowd filled BMI’s high-domed reception hall to partake of the celebration — as well as the copious array of wine and beer and expansive spread of Mexican-themed food.

BMI’s Jody Williams lauded Church for his adventurous approach to the music business, noting that he had surprised the industry and his fans last year by rolling out his new album during the CMA Awards.

Williams further pointed out that “Record Year” is up for three awards at the upcoming CMA show — single, song and video of the year.

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