Jim McBride

Posted in News on January 28, 2003
Award-winning songwriter Jim McBride recently visited BMI's Joyce Rice and Paul Corbin in Nashville to sign a writer agreement with the performing rights organization. McBride was a full-time postman and part-time songwriter until 1981, when he began to pursue his songwriting career exclusively. His first hit came that year with "A Bridge That Just Won't Burn," recorded by Conway Twitty, and was quickly followed by his first #1 "Bet Your Heart On Me," recorded by Johnny Lee.

BMI's Joyce Rice, Jim McBride, BMI's Paul Corbin. photo by Brian Tipton

His other #1 songs include "Rose In Paradise" by Waylon Jennings and four by Alan Jackson: "Chasin' That Neon Rainbow," "Someday," "Chattahoochee" and "Who Says You Can't Have It All." "Chattahoochee," which he co-wrote with Jackson, was named Song of the Year at the 1994 CMA Awards.

McBride has also provided hits for Alabama, Johnny Cash, George Jones, Brenda Lee, Anne Murray, Reba McEntire, Jerry Lee Lewis, Randy Travis, Crystal Gayle, Travis Tritt and Patty Loveless. He has received several songwriting honors from the Nashville Songwriters Association International and was presented with the Music Creator Award from the Alabama Music Hall of Fame in 1995.