Keith Urban and Kix Brooks headline a talented group of songwriters who were announced as the 2023 inductees into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame yesterday. The other three: David Lee Murphy, Casey Beathard and Rafe Van Hoy.
Urban and Brooks are well known for their own careers, as well as being two of the most well-respected songwriters in country music. David Lee Murphy, while also scoring several hits on his own, has written hits for Blake Shelton, Kenny Chesney, Jason Aldean and more. Beathard is a two-time BMI Songwriter of the Year, with songwriting credits on hits by Gary Allan, Billy Ray Cyrus, Trace Adkins, Kenny Chesney, and Eric Church. Van Hoy's career includes writing hits for Mark Chestnutt, the Oak Ridge Boys, Barbara Mandrell and George Jones.
The 53rd annual Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame Gala will take place at the Music City Center in Nashville on Oct. 11.