Luke Laird

Luke Laird
Background information
Born c. 1978 (age 3738)
Hartstown, Pennsylvania, United States
Genres Country, pop, rock, R&B
Occupation(s) Songwriter
Years active Late 2000s-present
Associated acts Carrie Underwood, Kacey Musgraves, Jason Aldean, Eric Church, Rodney Atkins, Little Big Town

Luke Robert Laird (born c. 1978 in Hartstown, Pennsylvania)[1] is an American country music songwriter and producer. His twenty #1 Billboard singles include Carrie Underwood’s "So Small", "Last Name", "Temporary Home", and "Undo It", Blake Shelton’s "Hillbilly Bone" featuring Trace Adkins, Sara Evans’s "A Little Bit Stronger", Rodney Atkins’s "Take a Back Road", Eric Church’s "Drink in My Hand", Little Big Town's "Pontoon",[2] Hunter Hayes' "Somebody's Heartbreak",[3] Chris Young’s "You".,[4] Eric Church's "Talladega, and Luke Bryan's "I See You". He has also written and produced songs for Tim McGraw, Rascal Flatts, Kacey Musgraves, Toby Keith, Ne-Yo, John Legend, Jason Aldean, Miranda Lambert, Darius Rucker, and many others.[5]

After graduating from Grove City Area High School, Laird moved to Tennessee in 1997 and attended Middle Tennessee State University. In December 2001 he graduated from MTSU with a degree in Recording Industry Management,[4] then became an assistant tour manager for Brooks & Dunn while seeking a contract as a songwriter.[6] In 2002 he signed a publishing deal with Bertelsmann Music Group Publishing and landed his first cut on Lee Ann Womack's There's More Where That Came From album with a song titled "Painless" co-written with Bill Luther and Hillary Lindsey.[7]

He was named BMI's Country Songwriter of the Year in 2012, having co-written five songs that appeared on the year's most played list.[8] Additionally, his song with Rodney Atkins, "Take a Back Road" was named Song of the Year.[9] Both in 2012 and 2013, he was nominated for Songwriter of the Year at the Academy of Country Music Awards[10][11] In 2014, Laird received a Grammy Award for his work as a producer on Kacey Musgraves album Same Trailer Different Park, which was named Best Country Album[12]

Creative Nation

In 2011, Laird and his wife Beth Mason Laird[13] founded Creative Nation, a music publishing and management company that is home to Country Music songwriters and producers, including Laird, Barry Dean, Natalie Hemby, Lori McKenna, Steve Moakler, Kassi Ashton, and Maggie Chapman. The company has partnerships with Universal Music Publishing Group[14] and Pulse Recording.[15] Creative Nation is based in Nashville, Tennessee.[16]

Songwriting discography

Year Artist Album Song Co-written with
2005 Lee Ann Womack There's More Where That Came From "Painless" Hillary Lindsey, Bill Luther
2007 Tim McGraw Let It Go "Put Your Lovin' On Me" Hillary Lindsey
Rascal Flatts Still Feels Good "Help Me Remember" Hillary Lindsey, Edward Hill
Carrie Underwood Carnival Ride "So Small" Carrie Underwood, Hillary Lindsey
"Last Name"
"Twisted" Brett James, Hillary Lindsey
2008 Crystal Shawanda Dawn of a New Day "Try" Hillary Lindsey, Edward Hill
Jessica Simpson Do You Know "You're My Sunday" Jessica Simpson, Hillary Lindsey
"Sipping On History"
Phil Stacey Phil Stacey "Find You" busbee
2009 Emerson Drive Believe "That Kind of Beautiful" Hillary Lindsey, Gordie Sampson
"Your Last" Lisa Carver
Mitchel Musso Mitchel Musso "Get Out" Lindy Robbins, Matthew Wilder
Joe Nichols Old Things New "Figure That One Out"
Carrie Underwood Play On "Mama's Song" Carrie Underwood, Kara DioGuardi, Marti Frederiksen
"Undo It"
"Temporary Home" Carrie Underwood, Zac Maloy
"Play On" Carrie Underwood, Natalie Hemby
Holly Williams Here with Me "Keep the Change" Hillary Lindsey
2010 Trace Adkins Cowboy's Back In Town "Don't Mind If I Don't" Ashley Gorley
Laura Bell Bundy Achin' and Shakin' "Boyfriend?" Laura Bell Bundy, Barry Dean
"Everybody" Laura Bell Bundy, Mike Shimshack
Sarah Buxton Sarah Buxton "Big Blue Sky" Jedd Hughes
Amy Grant Somewhere Down the Road "Overnight" Amy Grant, Natalie Hemby, Audrey Spillman
Jessica Harp A Woman Needs "Good Enough For Me" Hillary Lindsey, Carrie Underwood
Little Big Town The Reason Why "Shut Up Train" Hillary Lindsey, Chris Tompkins
Katharine McPhee Unbroken "Last Letter" Katharine McPhee, Barry Dean
"Anybody's Heart"
Blake Shelton Hillbilly Bone "Hillbilly Bone" (featuring Trace Adkins) Craig Wiseman
Clay Walker She Won't Be Lonely Long "People In Planes" Barry Dean
Cassandra Wilson feat. John Legend Cassandra Wilson: Silver Pony "Watch The Sunrise" John Legend, Steven Jones
2011 Lauren Alaina Wildflower "Funny Thing About Love" Lauren Alaina, Brett James
Rodney Atkins Take a Back Road "Take a Back Road" Rhett Akins
Francesca Battistelli Hundred More Years "So Long" Francesca Battistelli
Jason Michael Carroll Numbers "Hell or Hallelujah" Jason Michael Carroll, Jeremy Spillman
Charlotte Church Back to Scratch "Suitcase" Barry Dean, Charlotte Church
"The Story Of Us"
Eric Church Chief "Hungover & Hard Up" Eric Church
"Over When It's Over"
Sara Evans Stronger "A Little Bit Stronger" Hillary Lindsey, Hillary Scott
"Life Without Losing" Sara Evans, Barry Dean, Andrew Dorff
Miranda Lambert Four the Record "Fine Tune" Natalie Hemby
"Baggage Claim" Miranda Lambert, Natalie Hemby
Steven Moakler Watching Time Run "Best Thing" Steven Moakler
Xenia Send You Hope "Snapshot" David Hodges, Hillary Lindsey
2012 Boys Like Girls Crazy World "Life of the Party" Martin Johnson
"Shoot" Martin Johnson
Lee Brice Hard 2 Love "Parking Lot Party" Lee Brice, Thomas Rhett, Rhett Akins
Luke Bryan Spring Break…Here to Party "Little Bit Later On" Luke Bryan, Ashley Gorley
Eric Church Chief "Drink in My Hand Eric Church, Michael P. Henney
Florida Georgia Line Here's to the Good Times "Party People" Shane McAnally, J.T. Harding
Brandon Heath Blue Mountain "Blue Mountain" Barry Dean, Brandon Heath
Megan Hilty It Happens All The Time "Walk Away" Carrie Underwood, Ne-Yo
Little Big Town Tornado "Pontoon" Barry Dean, Natalie Hemby
"On Fire Tonight" Karen Fairchild, Kimberly Schlapman, Phillip Sweet, Jimi Westbrook
Neal McCoy XII "A-OK" Barry Dean, Brett Eldredge
Jennette McCurdy Jennette McCurdy "Put Your Arms Around Someone" Jennette McCurdy, Jessi Alexander
"Have To Say Goodbye"
Tim McGraw Emotional Traffic "Halo" Jedd Hughes
Ne-Yo R.E.D. "She Is" Ne-Yo
Jay Sean, Jewel, Owl City Child Hunger Ends Here (ConAgra Foods) "Here's Hope" Hunter Hayes, Barry Dean
Carrie Underwood Blown Away "Nobody Ever Told You" Carrie Underwood, Hillary Lindsey
"Thank God for Hometowns" Ashley Gorley, Hillary Lindsey
"One Way Ticket" Carrie Underwood, Josh Kear
Chris Young Neon (Chris Young album) "You" Chris Young
2013 Jason Aldean Night Train "1994" Barry Dean, Thomas Rhett
Lee Brice Hard 2 Love "Parking Lot Party" Lee Brice, Rhett Akins, Thomas Rhett
Luke Bryan Crash My Party "I See You" Luke Bryan, Ashley Gorley
"Your Mama Should've Named You Whiskey" Thomas Rhett, Jeremy Spillman
Joel Crouse Ever the River Runs "If You Want Some" Joel Crouse, Jamie Houston
Sheryl Crow Feels Like Home "We Oughta Be Drinkin" Sheryl Crow, Chris DuBois
"Homecoming Queen" Brandy Clark, Shane McAnally
Ronnie Dunn Peace, Love, and Country Music "I Wish I Still Smoked Cigarettes" Barry Dean, Lori McKenna
Brett Eldredge Bring You Back "On and On" Brett Eldredge, Shane McAnally
"Gotta Get There" Brett Eldredge, Barry Dean
Amy Grant How Mercy Looks from Here "I'm Not Giving Up On You" Molly Reed
Hunter Hayes Hunter Hayes "Somebody's Heartbreak" Hunter Hayes, Andrew Dorff
Toby Keith Drinks After Work "Drinks After Work" Natalie Hemby, Barry Dean
Lady Antebellum Golden "Downtown" Shane McAnally, Natalie Hemby
Tim McGraw Two Lanes of Freedom "One of Those Nights" Rodney Clawson, Chris Tompkins
Kacey Musgraves Same Trailer Different Park "Blowin' Smoke" Kacey Musgraves, Shane McAnally
"I Miss You" Kacey Musgraves, Josh Osbourne
"Back On The Map" Kacey Musgraves
"It Is What It Is" Kacey Musgraves, Brandy Clark
"Step Off" Kacey Musgraves, Shane McAnally
Jake Owen Days of Gold "Tall Glass of Something" Barry Dean, Jaren Johnston
Brad Paisley Wheelhouse "Beat This Summer" Brad Paisley, Chris DuBois
Thomas Rhett It Goes Like This "Call Me Up" Rhett Akins, Shane McAnally
Darius Rucker True Believers "Radio" Darius Rucker, Ashley Gorley
Thompson Square Just Feels Good "Testing The Water" Shane McAnally, Hillary Lindsey
2014 Frankie Ballard Sunshine & Whiskey "Sunshine & Whiskey" Jaren Johnston
"Drinky Drink" Jaren Johnston
Kenny Chesney The Big Revival "American Kids" Kenny Chesney, Shane McAnally
Eric Church The Outsiders "Give Me Back My Hometown" Eric Church
Gloriana Best Night Ever Single "Best Night Ever" Ashley Gorley, Hillary Lindsey
Lucy Hale Road Between "You Sound Good to Me" Ashley Gorley, Hillary Lindsey
Hunter Hayes Storyline "Wild Card" Hunter Hayes, Barry Dean
Lady Antebellum 747 "Damn You Seventeen" Shane McAnally, Rodney Clawson
"Slow Rollin'" Rodney Clawson
Miranda Lambert Platinum "Hard Staying Sober" Miranda Lambert, Natalie Hemby
"Smokin' and Drinkin'" Natalie Hemby, Shane McAnally
Tim McGraw Sundown Heaven Town "Lincoln Continentals And Cadillacs" Rodney Clawson, Ashley Gorley
"Diamond Rings and Old Barstools" Barry Dean, Jonathan Singleton
Kacey Musgraves Same Trailer Different Park "Keep It To Yourself" Kacey Musgraves Shane McAnally
Angaleena Presley American Middle Class "Surrender" Angaleena Presley, Barry Dean
Blake Shelton Bringing Back the Sunshine "Gonna" Craig Wiseman
"Anyone Else" Barry Dean, Natalie Hemby
"Messed Up" Shane McAnally, Ashley Gorley
Dallas Smith Tippin Point "Slow Rollin'" Rodney Clawson
Thompson Square Just Feels Good "Testing The Water" Shane McAnally, Hillary Lindsey
Carrie Underwood N/A "Keep Us Safe" Carrie Underwood, Hillary Lindsey, Shane McAnally
2015 Luke Bryan Crash My Party "I See You" Luke Bryan, Ashley Gorley
Eric Church The Outsiders "Talladega" Eric Church
Skylar Grey Furious 7 Soundtrack "I Will Return" Skylar Grey, Jonathan Rotem
Ashley Monroe On To Something Good Single "On To Something Good" Barry Dean, Ashley Monroe
Kacey Musgraves Pageant Material "High Time" Kacey Musgraves, Shane McAnally
"Dime Store Cowgirl" Kacey Musgraves, Shane McAnally
"Pageant Material" Kacey Musgraves, Shane McAnally
"This Town" Kacey Musgraves, Brandy Clark
"Die Fun" Kacey Musgraves, Shane McAnally
"Good Ol' Boys Club" Kacey Musgraves, Natalie Hemby
RaeLynn Me EP "Better Do It" Barry Dean, RaeLynn
2016 Brandy Clark Big Day in a Small Town "Homecoming Queen" Brandy Clark, Shane McAnally
Jake Owen American Love "American Love" Jaren Johnston
"If He Ain't Gonna Love You" Shane McAnally, Chris Stapleton

Production discography

Year Artist Album Details
2012 Ne-Yo R.E.D. Producer
2013 Brett Eldredge Bring You Back Producer
Kacey Musgraves Same Trailer Different Park Producer
Thomas Rhett It Goes Like This Producer
2015 Kacey Musgraves Pageant Material Producer

Awards and nominations

Grammy Awards

Country Music Association Awards

Academy of Country Music Awards

American Country Awards

BMI Country Music Awards


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  2. Parker, Eric (September 4, 2012). "Little Big Town Earns First No. 1 Single". MusicRow.
  3. Wyland, Sarah (April 3, 2013). "Hunter Hayes to Premiere New Song on ACM Awards". Great American Country.
  4. 1 2 Allen, Eric (July 6, 2011). "Luke Laird: One of Music City's Top Songwriters is also an MTSU Alum". The Murfreesboro Pulse. Retrieved November 6, 2011.
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  12. Lewis, Randy (January 26, 2013). "Grammys 2014: Kacey Musgraves wins award for best country album". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved January 29, 2014.
  13. "POWER PLAYERS: 30 UNDER 30: Beth Mason Laird, Director of writer/publisher relations, BMI Nashville". Billboard. August 18, 2010.
  14. "Universal Music Publishing Group Re-Signs Nashville Hit-Maker Luke Laird To New, World-Wide Publishing Agreement" (Press release). Universal Music Publishing Group. March 6, 2012.
  15. "Pulse Recording and Creative Nation Announce Exclusive Partnership". Retrieved 2014-08-10.
  16. "About". Creative Nation.
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