BMI Toasts Morgane Hayes for Writing Carrie Underwood Hit

Songwriter Morgane Hayes was honored Friday (Dec. 1) by BMI, the performing rights organization, for her part in composing Carrie Underwood's recent No. 1 hit, "Don't Forget To Remember Me." The celebration was held at BMI's Nashville headquarters. Underwood, who was on tour and unable to attend the party, sent Hayes a message of congratulation from Salt Lake City. BMI executive Jody Williams praised Hayes both as a songwriter and as a vocalist, calling her "the best pure country singer in town." He noted that her parents and other relatives were among the celebrants. "You know that line [in the song] that says, 'Tell Me-ma that I miss her'?" he asked. "Well, Me-ma's in the house.'" The song's other writers, Kelley Lovelace and Ashley Gorley, are members of ASCAP, a competing performing rights society.

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