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Kelley Lovelace was born in Paducah, Kentucky but was primarily raised in Hixson, Tennessee on the outskirts of Chattanooga. He currently lives in Franklin, Tennessee just a few miles south of Nashville.
Upon completion of basic training in the United States ARMY, Kelley received the coveted Distinguished Honor Graduate Award recognizing him as the top soldier in the company. He continued to excel in the military and obtained the rank of specialist (E-4) before receiving an honorable discharge for faithfully completing his two-year term of service at Fort Benning in Columbus, Georgia.
As a cum laude graduate of Belmont University, Kelley began working and writing at Larry Butler’s music publishing company, Perdido Key Music. In just three years he became President of this publishing company, owned by Shug Baggott, and dubbed it Music Alley before choosing to write songs full time and landing a song writing deal with EMI Music Publishing.
As a writer, he has had many songs recorded by artists such as Brad Paisley, Carrie Underwood, Montgomery Gentry, Jason Aldean, Terri Clark, Joe Nichols, Jason Michael Carroll, Kristy Lee Cook, Tracy Byrd, Joey & Rory, and Kenney Chesney. Among these recordings are 18 Top 10 Billboard hits: 14 of which have reached the #1 position:
#1: He Didn’t Have To Be/ Brad Paisley (Brad Paisley / Kelley Lovelace)
#2: Wrapped Around / Brad Paisley (Brad Paisley / Kelley Lovelace / Chris DuBois)
#4: Two People Fell In Love / Brad Paisley (Brad Paisley / Kelley Lovelace / Tim Owens)
#1: The Impossible / Joe Nichols (Kelley Lovelace / Lee Thomas Miller)
#1: I Just Wanna Be Mad / Terri Clark (Kelley Lovelace / Lee Thomas Miller)
#3: What’s A Guy Gotta Do /Joe Nichols (Kelley Lovelace/Joe Nichols/Don Sampson)
#1: Girls Lie Too/ Terri Clark (Kelley Lovelace, Connie Harrington, Tim Nichols)
#1: The World/Brad Paisley (Kelley Lovelace, Lee Thomas Miller, Brad Paisley)
#1: Don’t Forget To Remember Me / Carrie Underwood (Kelley Lovelace/Morgane Hayes)
#1: Ticks/Brad Paisley (Kelley Lovelace/Brad Paisley/Tim Owens
#1: Online/Brad Paisley (Kelley Lovelace/Brad Paisley/Chris DuBois)
#6: Laughed Until We Cried / Jason Aldean (Kelley Lovelace/Ashley Gorley)
#1: All-American Girl / Carrie Underwood (Kelley Lovelace/Carrie Underwood/Ashley Gorley)
#1: I’m Still A Guy / Brad Paisley (Kelley Lovelace /Brad Paisley/Lee Thomas Miller)
#1: Start a Band / Brad Paisley & Keith Urban (Kelley Lovelace/Ashley Gorley/Dallas Davidson)
#1: American Saturday Night/Brad Paisley (Kelley Lovelace/Brad Paisley/Ashley Gorley)
#1: Water/Brad Paisley (Kelley Lovelace/Brad Paisley/Chris DuBois)
#1: Remind Me/Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood (Kelley Lovelace/Brad Paisley/Chris DuBois)
Take It Off/Joe Nichols (Kelley Lovelace/Dallas Davidson/Ashley Gorley)
Camouflage/Brad Paisley (Kelley Lovelace/Brad Paisley/Chris Dubois)
Eighteen Inches/Lauren Alaina
(Kelley Lovelace/Ashley Gorley/Carrie Underwood
Southern Comfort Zone/Brad Paisley
(Kelley Lovelace/Brad Paisley/Chris DuBois)
Kelley has also received Song of the Year nominations for “He Didn’t Have To Be,” co-written with and recorded by Brad Paisley, from the Country Music Association (CMA), the Academy of Country Music (ACM), and the TNN Music Awards. Kelley’s first Grammy nomination came in 2002 in the category of Best Country Song for “The Impossible” recorded by Joe Nichols, co-written with Lee Miller.
He has been awarded Song of the Year for “He Didn’t Have To Be” by the TNN Music Awards and Music Row Magazine and is co-author of a gift book for stepfathers entitled “He Didn’t Have To Be.”
Kelley has also just recently finished his second book, published by Rutledge Hill Press, entitled “If You’ve Got A Dream, I’ve Got A Plan”. This book is a must read for all aspiring songwriters.
As an active member, Kelley shares the vision of the Nashville Songwriters Association International of protecting the rights of songwriters worldwide.
He is a deacon at Brentwood Baptist Church and is a supporter and facilitator of Search Ministries. He is active in ministry in his church, home, and on music row.
Brad Paisley Feat. Carrie Underwood
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