Writer has hits with Garth, Reba, Randy.

Hit songwriter Kim Williams has signed an exclusive publishing deal with Nashville's Magic Mustang Music, which is run by VP Larry Shell. Magic Mustang is sister company to indie label Broken Bow Records.

Williams has penned such country hits as Garth Brooks' "Papa Loved Mama," Brooks & Dunn's "Honky Tonk Truth," Reba McEntire's "The Heart is a Lonely Hunter" and Clay Walker's "Who Needs You Baby." More recently, he wrote Randy Travis' "Three Wooden Crosses," which was named 2003 song of the year by the Country Music Assn., the Christian Country Music Assn. and Nashville Songwriters Assn. International and 2004 song of the year by the Academy of Country Music and the Gospel Music Assn.'s Dove Awards.

Williams' songs have also been recorded by Kenny Chesney, George Jones, Rascal Flatts, George Strait, Conway Twitty, Alan Jackson, Ray Price, Hank Williams Jr., Christian artist Jeff Silvery and bluegrass group Blue Highway.