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Ashley Gorley makes history with fifth ASCAP songwriter award

Ashley Gorley made history at the 2017 ASCAP Country Music Awards on Monday night (06Nov17) by landing his fifth Songwriter of the Year prize.
He becomes the first person to win the honour five times – and it came hours after Unforgettable, a song he co-wrote with Thomas Rhett, hit the top of the Billboard Country Airplay chart.
Gorley, who also wrote Carrie Underwood’s hit Dirty Laundry and Blake Shelton’s A Guy With A Girl, accepted the award at the 55th annual ASCAP Country Music awards at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee from fellow songwriter Don Schlitz.
Meanwhile, Old Dominion singer Matthew Ramsey claimed the Songwriter/Artist of the Year honour, and Dierks Bentley’s Somewhere On A Beach was named Song of the Year for Josh Mirenda and Dave Kuncio.
The track was also among the five songs that were performed and played the most over the past 12 months.
Somewhere On A Beach joins Old Dominion’s Snapback, Scooter Carusoe’s Wanna Be That Song, Jimmy Robbins and Jordan Schmidt’s Warren Brothers tune Lights Come On, and Jamie Moore’s May We All as the most popular hits.
Kelsea Ballerini was also a big winner, claiming the Vanguard Award, but the highlight of the ceremony came when Jimmy Webb performed By The Time I Get To Phoenix as a tribute to the late Glen Campbell, who performed the songwriter’s country music crossover favourite.
There was another tribute from Keith Urban, who performed the night’s ASCAP Founders Award winner Rodney Crowell’s You Win. Urban co-wrote the track with Crowell.

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