Nashville Songwriter Series: Cary Barlowe

Countless artists and songwriters come to Nashville with great expectations, and North Carolina native Cary Barlowe has far exceeded his. After only a couple years in town, Barlowe signed a publishing deal with TobyMac’s Emack publishing company, while at the same time working with his older brother, Nathan, in modern rock band Luna Halo. Luna Halo, most of whose material is penned by the Barlowe brothers, was signed to Rick Rubin’s American Recordings, which released their eponymous CD in 2007. Meanwhile, Cary continued to grow as a writer, and was signed to Major Bob Music, the publishing company of Garth Brooks manager Bob Doyle. Cary has seen cuts by Taylor Swift, Bucky Covington, Caitlin and Will, Mandisa and others, and has had three number ones this year: “Get Back Up” and “City On Our Knees” by TobyMac (which garnered Cary his second Grammy nomination), and “American Honey” by Lady Antebellum. Not bad for somebody who’s not yet 30. Barlowe spoke with American Songwriter about his success. Even though you had the publishing deal with Emack at the time, it must have been a big turning point for you a few years ago when Rick Rubin showed an interest in Luna…

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