Tony Martin, Mark Nesler, Tom Shapiro -- three songwriters at the top of their game -- were the guests of honor at a BMI Nashville celebration (7/12) for "Living and Living Well," recorded by George Strait on MCA Nashville. The song, published by Buna Boy Music, Glitterfish Music, Mosaic Music, Sony/ATV Tree, and Wenonga Music, was produced by Strait and Tony Brown. Strait's manager, Erv Woolsey, accepted on the behalf of the star.
Mark Nesler, Tony Martin, Tom Shapiro, BMI's Harry Warner
The three writers are also on the charts with Darryl Worley's "I Miss My Friend." Shapiro and Martin teamed with Sara Evans to write her latest single, "I Keep Looking"; they previously penned "No Place That Far" with her.
Mark Nesler and wife, new Capitol recording artist Jennifer Hanson, Glitterfish Music's Jerry Crutchfield
Martin and Nesler have collaborated on the BMI Award winners "Go On," "For You I Will" and "Just To See You Smile." Martin's other hits include "I'll Think Of A Reason Later," "Not On Your Love" and "Jacob's Ladder."
BMI's Paul Corbin, Glitterfish Music's Scott Haugen, Erv Woolsey, Mosaic Music's Lisa Ramsey, Mark Nesler, Tony Martin, BMI's Harry Warner, Tom Shapiro, MCA's Bruce Hinton, Sony/ATV Tree's Woody Bomar
"Living and Living Well" is the 20th #1 single for Shapiro, a three-time BMI Country Songwriter of the Year. Among his dozens of award-winning songs are "Wink," "Better Things To Do," "Walking Away A Winner," "Oh Me, Oh My Sweet Baby" and "When Boy Meets Girl."
The Sony/ATV Tree family is living well
MCA's Bruce Hinton, BMI's Joyce Rice, Erv Woolsey, BMI's Jerry Bailey
photos by Alan Mayor