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Keith Urban, Kix Brooks, David Lee Murphy And More Revealed As Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame Inductees

Kix Brooks: “I walked in here and saw these guys and was like, ‘We’re doing this together?’ I came here as a fan of songwriters. That’s all I wanted to do."

Country singers Keith Urban, Kix Brooks and David Lee Murphy, along with Casey Beathard and Rafe Van Hoy, will be inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame.

Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame executive director Mark Ford and chair of the board of directors Rich Hallworth announced the inductees Thursday in a press conference at the historic Columbia Studio A in Nashville. Beathard and Murphy will be inducted in the Hall’s contemporary songwriter category and Van Hoy will be included in the veteran songwriter category. Urban will be inducted in the contemporary songwriter-artist space, while Brooks will be inducted as a veteran songwriter-artist.

“I walked in here and saw these guys and was like, ‘We’re doing this together?’” Brooks said. “I came here as a fan of songwriters. That’s all I wanted to do. My heroes were not just artists, but artists who wrote their own songs. To even think I would even be recognized in the same sentence as the mention of their names …”

Brooks, a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame in Brooks & Dunn, co-wrote many of the  duo’s hits, including “Brand New Man,” “My Next Broken Heart,” “Lost and Found,” “You’re Gonna Miss Me When I’m Gone” and “Red Dirt Road.”

Urban said he remembers Brooks coming to see him play at Jack’s Guitar Bar before he was famous. Then he said Brooks took him on tour.

“He’s been a champion ever since,” Urban said. “I’m honored to be here with you,” he told Brooks.

Urban has written many of his own hits, including “Somebody Like You,” “But For The Grace Of God,” “Better Life,” “Sweet Thing,” “Days Go By” and more.

As an artist, Murphy was most known for his song “Dust On The Bottle,” but as a songwriter, he’s responsible for Kenny Chesney hits “Living in Fast Forward,” “Here and Now” and “Everything’s Gonna Be Alright,” along with Jason Aldean’s “Big Green Tractor” and Justin Moore’s “Why We Drink.”

Beathard has written songs for Eric Church, Tracy Byrd, Tracy Lawrence, Dolly Parton, Chesney and Rodney Atkins.

Beathard was BMI’s country songwriter of the year in 2004 and 2008  and NSAI’s songwriter of the year in 2008.

Van Hoy, however, has one of country music’s most timeless songs on his resume – George Jones and Tammy Wynette’s “Golden Ring.” He also wrote Deborah Allen’s “Baby I Lied,” Patty Loveless “Hurt Me Bad (In A Real Good Way)” and John Conlee’s “I’m Only In It For The Love.”

“To be in the Hall of Fame is something I always dreamed of,” Van Hoy said. “To be included with the club of brilliant minds and brilliant songwriters that are in the Hall of Fame is unbelievably humbling and immense gratitude from my heart.”

The men will be formally inducted into the  Nashville Songwriter’s Hall of Fame during the 53rd Anniversary Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame Gala on Oct. 11 at Nashville’s Music City Center.

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