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BMI Artist HARDY Kicks Off CMA Fest Week With 2x Number One Party

Posted in News on June 5, 2024
(L-R) BMI’s Mitch Ballard, BMI’s Nina Carter, BMI’s Mason Hunter, BMI’s Leslie Roberts, Michael Hardy (BMI), Lainey Wilson (BMI), BMI’s Clay Bradley, BMI’s MaryAnn Keen, BMI’s Shannon Sanders, BMI’s Josh Tomlinson.
(L-R) BMI’s Mitch Ballard, BMI’s Nina Carter, BMI’s Mason Hunter, BMI’s Leslie Roberts, Michael Hardy (BMI), Lainey Wilson (BMI), BMI’s Clay Bradley, BMI’s MaryAnn Keen, BMI’s Shannon Sanders, BMI’s Josh Tomlinson. Photo: Larry McCormack for BMI.

2022 BMI Songwriter of the Year HARDY launched into CMA Fest week by celebrating his two No. One hits “wait in the truck” and “TRUCK BED” on Monday, June 3. Hosted by BMI and ASCAP, the music industry gathered on BMI’s Nashville rooftop as the Big Loud Records/Big Loud Rock artist was joined by his “wait in the truck” duet partner, GRAMMY award-winning singer-songwriter and reigning ACM/CMA Entertainer of The Year, Lainey Wilson (BMI), along with the songwriters and producers behind each chart-topper.

Emceed by BMI’s Leslie Roberts, the lunchtime event kicked off with remarks about HARDY’s multi-Platinum hit “wait in the truck,” as songwriters Michael Hardy (BMI/Producer), Renee Blair (BMI), Hunter Phelps (ASCAP), and Jordan Schmidt (ASCAP/Producer) spoke about the authenticity behind the ACM and CMA award-winning hit. “wait in the truck” serves as Blair’s first No. One, and to commemorate the moment, Taylor Guitars gifted her a BMI custom-branded 210-dlx guitar. Next, songwriters Michael Hardy (BMI/Producer), Ben Johnson (BMI/Producer), Ashley Gorley (ASCAP), and Hunter Phelps (ASCAP) elaborated on the process behind “TRUCK BED,” as the Platinum hit serves as HARDY’s 15th No. One as a songwriter. The producers behind both tracks, Joey Moi and Derek Wells, also detailed the creative process. Sponsored by Studio Bank, Kari Barnhart made a special donation presentation on behalf of HARDY and the songwriters in support of Second Harvest of Middle Tennessee.

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