Keifer Thompson, 'Cruise,' Magic Mustang Among SESAC’s 2013 Nashville Music Awards Winners

SESAC Song of the Year winner Keifer Thompson (second from left with (from left) SESAC’s Pat Collins, Tim Fink & Shannan Hatch.

Photo: Ed Rode/SESAC

SESAC, honored the songwriters and music publishers at its annual Nashville Music Awards held Sunday, Nov. 3 at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. 

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Keifer Thompson, who performs with current Academy of Country Music Top Vocal Duo and the CMA Vocal Duo of the Year Thompson Square, was named recipient of the coveted Songwriter of the Year award.

Song of the Year award went to “Cruise,” written by Jesse Rice and published by Artist Revolution Publishing. “Cruise” was recorded by Florida Georgia Line.

Magic Mustang Music was honored as Publisher of the Year at the event.

The awards event, held in the new Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum Event Hall featured country singer/songwriter duo John & Jacob performing “DONE.,” a No. 1 song for The Band Perry, which John Davidson and Jacob Bryant co-wrote. Broken Bow Records recording artist Thompson Square performed its current single, “Everything I Shouldn’t Be Thinking About.”
More than 500 songwriters, publishers and industry professionals, including  Keifer and Shawna Thompson of Thompson Square, Hillary Scott of Lady Antebellum, recording artist Jerrod Niemann, actors Charles Esten and Sam Palladio of the ABC hit series “Nashville,” and recording artists Craig Campbell and Lance Miller, attended the annual awards ceremony.

SESAC  Nashville Music Award Recipients:

Songwriter of the Year:
Keifer Thompson

Song of the Year:
“Cruise”
Written by Jesse Rice
Published by Artist Revolution Publishing
Recorded by Florida Georgia Line

Publisher of the Year:
Magic Mustang Music

Country Performance Activity Awards:
“All Kinds Of Kinds”
Written by Phillip Coleman, Don Henry
Published by Gravitron Music
Recorded by Miranda Lambert

“Cruise”
Written by Jesse Rice
Published by Artist Revolution Publishing
Recorded by Florida Georgia Line

“DONE.”
Written by Jacob Bryant, John Davidson
Published by Castle Bound Music
Recorded by The Band Perry

“Goodbye Town”
Written by Hillary Scott
Published by Hobbs Hill Publishing
Recorded by Lady Antebellum

“If I Didn’t Have You”
Written by Keifer Thompson
Published by Barragina Music,
Legends of Magic Mustang Music
Recorded by Thompson Square

“Let There Be Cowgirls”
Written by Kim Tribble
Published by Songs of Category 5,
Tunes of RPM
Recorded by Chris Cagle

“Wagon Wheel”
Written by Bob Dylan
Published by Special Rider Music
Recorded by Darius Rucker

“Whiskey ”
Written by Catt Gravitt
Published by Ink Pen Mama Music,
Songs of Maxx Publishing,
Tunes of R and T Direct
Recorded by Jana Kramer

“Alone With You”
Written by Catt Gravitt
Published by Ink Pen Mama Music,
Songs of Maxx Publishing, Tunes of R and T Direct
Recorded by Jake Owen

“A Woman Like You”
Written by Jon Stone
Published by Adios Pantalones, Hears That Skyline Music
Recorded by Lee Brice

“Dancin’ Away With My Heart”
Written by Hillary Scott
Published by EMI Foray Music, Hillary Dawn Songs
Recorded by Lady Antebellum

“For You”
Written by Monty Powell
Published by Cranesong Music, ole Toreador Tunes
Recorded by Keith Urban

“Why Ya Wanna”
Written by Catt Gravitt
Published by Ink Pen Mama Music,
Songs of Maxx Publishing, Tunes of R and T Direct
Recorded by Jana Kramer

Americana honorees:
Babel
Contributions by
Ted Dwane, Ben Lovett, Winston Marshall, Marcus Mumford
Published by Universal-Polygram Intl Tunes, Inc.
Recorded by Mumford & Sons

Buddy and Jim
Contributions by Frank Dycus, Jim Lauderdale
Published by Dyinda Jam Music,
Ginger Dragon Music, WBM Music Corp, Songs of Bug
Recorded by
Buddy Miller and Jim Lauderdale

Cabin Fever
Contributions by
Hayes Carll, Corb Lund
Published by Corb Lund Music,
Highway 87 Publishing
Recorded by Corb Lund

Carnival
Contributions by Robby Hecht
Published by Old Man Henry Music
Recorded by Nora Jane Struthers &
The Party Line

The Carpenter
Contributions by Scott Avett, Seth Avett, Bob Crawford
Published by First Big Snow Publishing, NemoIVmusic,
Ramseur Family Fold Music, Truth Comes True Publishing
Recorded by The Avett Brothers

Cheater’s Game
Contributions by Hayes Carll, Liz Foster, Savannah Welch
Published by Dueling Poets Publishing, Highway 87 Publishing,
Shimmy Shake Music, WBM Music Corp
Recorded by Kelly Willis & Bruce Robison

Hammer Down
Contributions by Tammy Rogers
Published by Desert Springs Music, Tammy’s Tunes
Recorded by The SteelDrivers

The Highway
Contributions by Cary Barlowe, Chris Coleman
Published by Boss Red Music, Bummermen Music
Recorded by Holly Williams

Old Yellow Moon
Contributions by Lynn Langham
Published by New Street Songs
Recorded by Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell

Tempest
Contributions by Bob Dylan
Published by Special Rider Music
Recorded by Bob Dylan

Thorn In My Heart
Contributions by Thomm Jutz
Published by Thomm Songs
Recorded by Kim Richey

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