BMI Nashville hosted a #1 party to celebrate Keith Urban's first ascension to the top of the country charts with "But For the Grace Of God." More than a hundred friends and colleagues turned out to see Urban recognized as songwriter and artist on the Capitol single, along with co-writers Jane Wiedlin and Charlotte Caffey of the Go-Go's. In addition to thanking his team at Capitol, his publisher, Coburn Music, Inc., and producer Matt Rollings, Urban made special mention of recently retired BMI Nashville VP Roger Sovine, who was one of his earliest and most vocal supporters.
Producer Matt Rollings, Charlotte Caffey, keith urban, Jane Wiedlin, Capitol's Mike Dungan and BMI's Harry Warner
"But For The Grace Of God" is also the first #1 achievement for Wiedlin and Caffey as writers (who, as residents of Los Angeles, were not even familiar with the concept of #1 parties, but enthusiastically caught on!).
Capitol's Mike Dungan (r) presents Keith Urban with a #1 plaque for topping the Billboard, R & R, CMT and Gavin charts
After the party, Urban jetted to Los Angeles for his debut appearance on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno." The Australian native recently collected his fifth Australian Country Music Award, winning the Golden Guitar for Best Instrumental for “Rollercoaster” (the performance also earned him a Grammy nomination). He is also nominated as Top New Male Vocalist at the Academy of Country Music Awards, set for May 9.
"But For the Grace Of God" songwriters Jane Wiedlin, Keith Urban and Charlotte Caffey with BMI's Harry Warner
BMI's Alison Smith, Keith Urban and Capitol's Fletcher Foster
photos by Kay Williams