TRI-STATE AREA, GRAMMY NOMINATED AND AWARD WINNING SONGWRITER, KERRY KURT PHILLIPS, ON BALLOT FOR NASHVILLE SONGWRITERS HALL OF FAME

(Nashville, TN July 19, 2018) - Tri-State area, Grammy nominated and award winning songwriter, Kerry Kurt Phillips, has been nominated for induction into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, the highest honor the songwriting community bestows. Twelve esteemed songwriters will be placed on a ballot and three inductees (Two Songwriters; One Songwriter/Artist) will be determined by votes cast from members of the Hall of Fame and professional songwriters. 2018 Inductees will be announced in early August and the formal inductions into the hallowed Hall of Fame will take place at the Hall of Fame Gala at Nashville’s Music City Center on October 28th.

The Hall of Fame Nominating Committee is made up of Hall of Fame members and Music Row historians who propose new members which are considered all worthy candidates, whose first significant works achieved commercial success and/or artistic recognition at least 20 years ago and who have "positively impacted and been closely associated with the Nashville songwriting community and deemed to be outstanding and significant."  The final slate of nominees was approved by the Foundation Board.

"I've made my living as a professional songwriter for the last 30 years, being nominated by my peers and the legendary members of the Songwriters Hall of Fame is still a little hard for me to get my head around,” stated Kerry Kurt Phillips. “God gave me a talent to write songs, I did nothing to earn it or deserve it."  

About Kerry Kurt Phillips:
Kerry Kurt Phillips has been called “One of America’s favorite songwriters.” Kerry Kurt’s Grammy winning songs have been featured in Motion Pictures, TV series, Super Bowl commercials, in the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games, and on Hallmark greeting cards. Pepsi, Ford, General Motors, Applebee's, the NFL and the PGA have all used KK's songs to market their products.

Kerry Kurt has achieved six #1 singles and has been awarded over 75 gold and 36 platinum albums, accounting for certified sales of over 45 million records. Kerry Kurt’s biggest hits include the George Jones’ smash hit song, “I Don’t Need Your Rockin’ Chair” and several Joe Diffie hits such as, “Is It Cold In Here,” “Prop Me Up Beside the Jukebox,” “In My Own Backyard” and “Pickup Man”, which spent a record 5 weeks at #1. Both of Tim McGraw’s hits, “Down On the Farm” and “Maybe We Should Just Sleep On It,” are products of Kerry Kurt’s pen.

Some of his most memorable hits include “That’s Just Jessie” sung by Kevin Denney, Tammy Cochran’s “Life Happened,” Craig Morgan’s “Almost Home” (winner of the 2003 Music Row Magazine Song Of The Year), the 1998 TNN/Music City News Song Of The Year for Billy Ray Cyrus “It’s All The Same To Me,” Tracy Byrd’s smash “Drinkin’ Bone” and the Tim McGraw hit song, “Do You Want Fries With That.”

George Strait’s “She Let Herself Go” was Kerry Kurt’s latest number one song and the Craig Morgan single “This Ain’t Nothin’,” was recognized by the ICMA as the Inspirational Song of the Year. KK’s songs have been recorded by John Michael Montgomery, Doug Stone, Mark Chestnut, Trace Adkins, Vern Gosdin, Ricky Van Shelton, Aaron Tippin, Tanya Tucker, Kenny Chesney, Eddie Raven, Phil Vassar, Ray Benson, Joe Stampley and many other notable recording artist. For more information visit kerrykurt.com.