BMI hosted an assembly of Music Row’s elite Monday, November 24 for a celebration of one already esteemed writer’s triumphant transformation into song writer. Holly Gleason co-penned Kenny Chesney’s no. 1 hit “Better as a Memory” under the pseudonym Lady Goodman, prompting industry-wide speculation as to the true identity of the composer. Co-written by Travis Hill under his alias, Scooter Carusoe, and produced by Buddy Cannon, the tune was also voted one of NSAI’s “Ten Songs I Wish I’d Written,” which provided the ideal coming out party for Gleason: As she stepped onstage to accept the trophy that evening, excited cheers echoed throughout the venue. Gleason’s intimate party at BMI drew proud friends and peers, including Chesney himself, who joined in the happy task of thrusting behind-the-scenes guru Holly Gleason into a well-deserved spotlight.
“It’s funny how when no one knows who you are, you get to hear the stories of what songs meant to people – and it’s amazing how much alike we all are,” says Goodman/Gleason. “I always listened to John Prine and Rodney Crowell and Jackson Browne to feel like someone knew how I felt. Now I can watch people singing along knowing they – especially my dear Kenny Chesney – know exactly how I feel, too.”