BMI Celebrates Byrd’s #1 Shot With ‘Ten Rounds’

Posted in News on October 30, 2002
BMI Nashville hosted a Mexican fiesta at La Paz Restaurante to celebrate Tracy Byrd's #1 hit "Ten Rounds With Jose Cuervo" (10/16). Writers Casey Beathard, Michael Heeney and Marla Cannon-Goodman were honored, in addition to publisher Sony/ATV Acuff-Rose and producer Billy Joe Walker, Jr. The song is Byrd's first #1 since joining the RCA roster, and the third single released from his seventh studio album Ten Rounds.

Pictured standing are (l-r): BMI's Perry Howard, RCA's Mike Wilson, Michael Heeney, Tracy Byrd, Producer Billy Joe Walker, BMI's Bradley Collins and (kneeling) Sony/ATV Acuff-Rose's Woody Bomar and Casey Beathard

Heeney previously topped the charts in 1981 with George Jones' recording of "Still Doin' Time," which also garnered a BMI Country Award. Other artists who have recorded Heeney's songs include Conway Twitty and Aaron Tippin, and he won a BMI Country Award in 1986 for Reba McEntire's "Have I Got A Deal For You." Cannon-Goodman earned her first chart-topper with Le Ann Womack's "The Fool."

Michael Heeney, Tracy Byrd, Casey Beathard, Marla Cannon-Goodman

"Ten Rounds" marks Beathard's first #1 song, although he has previously scored hits for Aaron Tippin ("Where the Stars and Stripes and the Eagle Fly") and Gary Allan ("Right Where I Need To Be"). Among Cannon-Goodman's other songwriting credits is Lee Ann Womack's "The Fool," also a #1 song.

Dean Dillon, Dennis Morgan, Scotty Emerick, Billy Joe Walker, BMI's Perry Howard

Mary Del Scobey, Clay Bradley, Michael Heeney, Billy Craven

photos by Steve Lowry