Rascal Flatts ‘Bless the Broken Road’ on Journey to #1

Posted in News on March 21, 2005
Rascal Flatts and BMI Award-winning songwriters Bobby E. Boyd and Marcus Hummon were center stage during a party hosted by BMI in honor of their #1 hit, "Bless the Broken Road." Nitty Gritty Dirt Band member Jeff Hanna, who co-wrote the song, was recovering from the flu and unable to attend.

Pictured are BMI's Bradley Collins, Rascal Flatts' Gary LeVox and Joe Don Rooney, Marcus Hummon, Rascal Flatts' Jay DeMarcus, and Bobby E. Boyd

The awards presentations also praised the contributions of publishers Careers-BMG Music Publishing and Jeff Diggs Music (Hanna's company), producers Mark Bright and Marty Williams, and Lyric Street Records. The single is included on the #1, platinum-plus album Feels Like Today.

Producer Mark Bright, RF's Jay DeMarcus, BMI's Bradley Collins, Marcus Hummon, Bobby E. Boyd, RF's Joe Don Rooney and Gary LeVox, and producer Marty Williams

In addition to celebrating their multi-week #1 (six weeks on Billboard and R&R charts), the creative team also shared congratulations on their 2005 Academy of Country Music nominations. "Bless the Broken Road" is up for Song of the Year (nods to Boyd, Hanna, Hummon, Rascal Flatts, Careers-BMG Music and Jeff Diggs Music) and Single of the Year (Rascal Flatts, Bright and Williams). Rascal Flatts also earned a Top Vocal Group mention; they have won the award the past two years.

Danny Wells, Trent Tomlinson, Lyric Street's Doug Howard and Randy Goodman

Collectively, Boyd, Hanna and Hummon have written two dozen songs honored with BMI Awards or Million-Air plaques, including "In Pictures" and "Working Man's Ph.D.," (Boyd); "Baby's Got a Hold On Me" and "Down That Road Tonight" (Hanna); and "Born to Fly," "One of These Days" and "Cowboy Take Me Away" (Hummon).

Famous Music's Glenn Middleworth, David Lee, Famous Music's Curtis Green

"Bless the Broken Road" was written in 1993 and recorded three times prior to the Flatts: by Hummon on his 1995 Sony album, All in Good Time; by Melodie Crittenden, who released it as a single and music video on Asylum Records in 1997; and by Christian group Geoff Moore & the Distance.

Helen Naylor, Careers-BMG's Karen Conrad

Scott Siman, Marcus Hummon, BMI's Paul Corbin

Hope, Bobby, Hallelujah and Stacey Harrison Boyd

Bobby E. Boyd, Bug Music's Dave Durocher (accepting on behalf of Jeff Diggs Music), Careers-BMG Music's Karen Conrad, Marcus Hummon, Careers-BMG Music's Michelle Berlin

photos by Kay Williams