Songwriters Helen Darling and Billy Montana were recently feted at BMI Nashville in honor of their first #1 hit, "Bring On The Rain." Recorded by Curb artist Jo Dee Messina with guest vocalist Tim McGraw, the track was co-produced by Byron Gallimore and McGraw and published by Estes Park Music (a division of Moraine Music Group) and Darling's company, Little Chatterbox Music.
(front) Moraine Music Group's Dianna Maher, Helen Darling, Billy Montana and CMA's Ed Benson (back) Curb Records's Michelle Metzger, BMI's David Preston, Jo Dee Messina, BMI's Paul Corbin, and producer Byron Gallimore
Also presenting thank-yous to the writers and artist were members of Chicks With Hits. The group's 17 female members represent a variety of publishing entities striving to assist writers by song-pitching collaboratively. The Chicks have scored several hits since forming one-and-a-half years ago, but "Bring On The Rain" marks their first #1.
Jo De Messina, Helen Darling with sons Carson and Cameron
"Bring On The Rain" earned a Grammy nomination for Messina and McGraw in the country vocal collaboration category, and the two are nominated for Vocal Event of the Year at the upcoming Academy of Country Music Awards.
(front) Byron Gallimore, Billy Montana, Moraine Music's Dianna Maher, Jody Williams Music's Liz Rose, Jo Dee Messina, Songs of Nashville DreamWorks' Abbe Nameche, Janie West Music's Janie West, Ten Ten Music's Kim Jones, Helen Darling, (back) Mighty Isis Music's Whitney Daane, CDP Music Group's Dianne Petty, Shawn, Inc.'s Shawn Heflin, Wrensong's Ree Guyer Buchanan, Judy Harris Music's Judy Harris, Paul Overstreet Music's Melissa Kij, Curb Music's Meredith Stewart Devoursney, Ten Ten Music's Jewel Coburn
Mark Selby, Moraine Music's Dianna Maher, Michael Martin
Steve Dean and Wil Nance
Jo Dee Messina, Refugee Management President/CEO Stuart Dill
Helen Darling, Jo Dee Messina, Billy Montana
photos by Alan Mayor