George Strait to be Honored with the President’s Keystone Award
Tickets On Sale Friday, July 19, 2019 at 10AM CT

Nashville, Tennessee (July 16, 2019) – The Nashville Songwriters Association (NSAI) has announced several performers set to take part in the 2nd Annual Nashville Songwriter Awards, presented by NSAI and City National Bank.

Reba McEntire, Sam Hunt, Dierks Bentley, Lee Brice, Michael Ray, Dean Dillon and David Lee Murphy, among many others, will be participating to celebrate and shine the spotlight on those who make music possible, the songwriters! The 2nd Annual Nashville Songwriter Awards, presented by NSAI and City National Bank, will take place on September 17, 2019 at the historic Ryman Auditorium. Tickets will go on sale this Friday, July 19, at 10AM CT and can be purchased at ryman.com.

NSAI has also revealed that the “King of Country Music,” George Strait was selected to receive the 2019 President’s Keystone Award. An award given out by the current NSAI President, Steve Bogard, Strait was chosen in recognition of his contributions towards the betterment of all songwriters.

“George Strait is the perfect recipient of the NSAI President’s Keystone Award.  The Keystone is the ‘central stone at the summit of an arch, locking the whole together’,” says NSAI President Steve Bogard. “His delivery of a great melody and that perfect phrasing that communicates the emotion in a lyric is the ultimate last step in bringing so many incredible records to his fans. We’re honored he’ll be with us.”

Previously announced honorees of the evening include Loretta Lynn, who will receive the Kris Kristofferson Lifetime Achievement Award, U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn) who will be honored with the White Hat Award, and the peer-voted 2019 “Song of the Year,” “Songwriter of the Year,” “Songwriter-Artist of the Year,” and the “10 Songs I Wish I’d Written” awards, all of which will be revealed the night of the awards.

For more information, please visit nashvillesongwriters.com.

About David Lee Murphy

David Lee Murphy is a million-selling singer-songwriter, whose hits “Dust on the Bottle”, and “Party Crowd” continue to be staples at country radio. In addition to his many successful songs as an artist, Murphy has written hit singles for other artists like Kenny Chesney (“’Til It’s Gone,” “Living in Fast Forward,” “Live a Little”), Jason Aldean (“Big Green Tractor,” “The Only Way I Know How”), Thompson Square (GRAMMY-nominated “Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not”), Jake Owen (“Anywhere With You”), Kip Moore “Last Shot” and Blake Shelton (“The More I Drink”) to name a few. Murphy’s most recent album NO ZIP CODE spawned the #1 single “Everything Things Gonna Be Alright”, a duet with Kenny Chesney, that captured a CMA Musical Event of the Year Award.

About Dean Dillon
Iconic songwriter Dean Dillon started his career in Nashville after hitchhiking to Music City in the early 70’s. After signing his first publishing deal with Nashville producer and publisher Tom Collins, in less than three weeks, Barbara Mandrell had recorded three of Dillon’s songs and then in 1979 Jim Ed Brown and Helen Cornelius released their #1 hit “Lying Here In Love With You,” co-written by Dillon and tunesmith Gary Harrison, earning them both their first #1 hit record. Although Dillon’s songwriting career was taking off,  his interest in being a recording artist led him to sign a deal with RCA Records, and he released 12 singles between 1979 and 1981, three of which rose to the Top 30 on the country charts. Between 1979 and 1983, as an artist, Dillon charted eight times and broke the Top 30 with “I’m Into The Bottle (To Get You Out Of My Mind).” He also wrote hits for other country stars like the 1983 George Jones #1 hit “Tennessee Whiskey”. These successes established Dillon as a performer and a songwriter. Eventually fully shifting focus back to songwriting, Dillon co-wrote a number of hits over the next five years, with George Strait taking five of his songs to the charts between 1981 and 1988.

Fast forward to now and Dillon is a 2002 inductee into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, has composed or co-written 55 songs for Strait including 11 number one singles and he has also written songs for the likes of Kenny Chesney, Toby Keith, and Lee Ann Womack. At his ranch home in Gunnison, Colorado,  Dillon’s walls display an array of timely photographs and awards consisting of: 1985 Billboard Country Music Artist Of The Year Award; 1986 Nashville Songwriters Award; 1995,1996,1998 CMA Triple Play Award; three Grammy nominations; Lee Iacocca Award (American Automotive Division); 26 number one records; and the coveted 2013 BMI Icon Award.

About Dierks Bentley
Pegged as “one of Country music’s most enviable brands, equal parts affability and authenticity” (Forbes), Bentley continues to be a dominant voice for the genre with over 6.4 billion overall digital streams. The “ultra-personal material” (Rolling Stone) behind his current single “Living” follows Bentley’s 18th career No. One and ACM award-winning hit “Burning Man,” as he continues to reveal ambitious, complex sounds with lyrics inspired by his own personal journey through the writing and the recording of THE MOUNTAIN. Reaching a new creative high while “making music designed to challenge” (New York Times), Bentley co-wrote 10 of 13 tracks on THE MOUNTAIN, which earned him the highest debut sales of his career and became his seventh chart-topping album. Bentley has amassed countless nominations from the ACMs, CMAs, Billboard Music Awards and more while also earning 14 GRAMMY  nominations. “Fans get an all-night sing-along party” (Fresno Bee) on Bentley’s current 2019 BURNING MAN TOUR featuring special guests Jon Pardi, Tenille Townes and the Hot Country Knights with upcoming stops this week in Jacksonville, FL (7/18), West Palm Beach, FL (7/19) and Tampa, FL (7/20).For more information visit www.dierks.com.

About George Strait
George Strait is the unambiguous King of Country Music, having sold more than 68.5 million records and counting. With 33 different platinum or multi-platinum albums, he’s earned the second most certifications of any artist in any genre, following only Elvis Presley. With a total of 60, George Strait has more No. 1 songs than any other artist in history (including Elvis). In Oct. 2011, Strait celebrated his first No. 1 as a songwriter with the debut single from his album of the same name “Here For A Good Time”– he wrote the song with his son Bubba (also his first No. 1 as a songwriter) and legendary songwriter Dean Dillon.

With the songwriter spark ignited, Strait co-wrote three songs for his 40th studio album, Love Is Everything, which debuted at No. 1 on Billboard Country Albums Chart in May 2013 and features the Strait co-penned, “I Believe,” and his 60th No. 1, “Give It All We’ve Got Tonight” on label home of more than 30 years, MCA Nashville.

Throughout his career, George Strait has received more than 60 major entertainment industry awards and countless nominations. He is a three-time CMA Entertainer of the Year and has been a nominee in the prestigious category 19 times, as well as a nominee for the CMA Male Vocalist of the Year 25 times. He is also the most nominated artist in CMA history with 89 Country Music Association nominations. He was the CMA Male Vocalist of the Year five times and the only artist in history to be so honored in two different decades in the category. He has won the prestigious CMA Album of the Year five times and Entertainer of the Year three times both across three different decades proving he continues to make great music.

About Lee Brice