Nashville Songwriter Series: Luke Laird

(Celebrating the success of “A Little Bit Stronger” at a number one party are, from left, Luke Laird, Hillary Lindsey, Sara Evans and Hillary Scott. Photo: John Russell) Among Nashville writers, Luke Laird is one of the most smokin’ hot on Music Row right now. Still in his early 30s, Laird, who has written several cuts by Carrie Underwood (including two number one singles), has also been recorded by Rascal Flatts, Tim McGraw, Lee Ann Womack and others. He was also the co-writer with Craig Wiseman of last year’s “Hillbilly Bone” duet by Blake Shelton and Trace Adkins. Laird has hit it out of the park again with the number one Sara Evans single “A Little Bit Stronger,” written with Hillary Lindsey and Lady Antebellum’s Hillary Scott. Laird isn’t exactly a traditional country writer, and is part of the new breed of writer that is changing the face of what is considered “country” music, having grown up in a generation that was bombarded by more musical choices and outlets than any generation before it. American Songwriter managed to get a few words from the busy tunesmith in between writing sessions. You actually got a music business degree from Middle Tennessee…

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