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Jameson Rodgers named one of Pandora's 2018 Country Artists to Watch

November 20, 2017

Jameson Rodgers has been named as one of Pandora's 2018 Country Artists to Watch! Pandora has created a playlist featuring Jameson along with the other artists to watch. Listen to the playlist here.

Ashley Gorley featured on an episode of "And The Writer Is..."

November 9, 2017

Ashley Gorley is featured on the latest episode of Ross Golan's podcast "And The Writer Is...". Check out his interview here!

Combustion Celebrates Two #1 Songs by three writers!

November 9, 2017

As if awards week couldn't get any better, Combustion is celebrating two #1s this week! Matthew West scored another #1 with his song "Broken Things". The single is the first #1 for co-writer AJ Pruis! Thomas Rhett's single "Unforgettable" also claims the top spot; marking the 35th #1 for co-writer Ashley Gorley!

Ashley Gorley Named ASCAP Songwriter of the Year

November 8, 2017

It's only fitting that Ashley Gorley notched his 35th #1 single ahead of the 2017 ASCAP Awards. At Monday night's event, Ashley was honored for a record-setting 5th time as the Songwriter of the Year! Newly inducted Country Music Hall of Fame songwriter Don Schlitz was on hand to introduce Ashley along with Mike Wilson of My Life Speaks; an organization in Haiti that is close to Ashley and his family. Congratulations Ashley!

Ashley Gorley Named NSAI Songwriter of the Year

November 3, 2017

Last week, NSAI held their annual awards event. For the second year in a row Ashley Gorley was named Songwriter of the Year! The night also included the "10 Songs I Wish I'd Written"; voted on by the Professional Members of NSAI. Zach Crowell was honored for "Body Like A Back Road" and Ashley Gorley was honored for "Dirt On My Boots." Congratulations!

Combustion Writers Honored at NMPA Gala

October 30, 2017

The National Music Publishers Association (NMPA) held their first-ever Gold & Platinum Gala in Nashville earlier this month. Combustion was on hand to celebrate the accomplishments of Ashley Gorley, Zach Crowell and Jerry Flowers! Jerry Flowers was honored for his multi-Platinum single "House Party". Ashley Gorley was honored for his multiple Gold and multi-Platinum singles. Zach Crowell was honored for his Gold certified single, "Middle of A Memory", and multi-Platinum singles "House Party", "Break Up In A Small Town", and "Body Like A Back Road", which was named Song of the Year. Congratulations!

Jordan Walker Scores First #1

October 27, 2017

"When It Rains It Pours" hit #1 on the Billboard Airplay chart; marking the first #1 for Jordan Walker! Recorded by Luke Combs, the single was co-written with Combs and Ray Fulcher. Congratulations to Jordan and all those involved!

Lukr's new single, "Secrets", out now!

October 13, 2017

Lukr has released his new single, "Secrets"! Co-written with AJ Pruis and Dan Layus, the single is available everywhere now! Check it out on our Spotify Release Radar Playlist here.

Tim McGraw & Faith Hill Release Track List

October 6, 2017

Tim McGraw and Faith Hill have announced their new album, The Rest of Our Life. The album, out November 17th, 2017, will include the song "Break First", written by Jerry Flowers, Ashley Gorley and Emily Weisband. Pre-order on ITunes now!

Luke Bryan Announces New Album

October 6, 2017

Luke Bryan announced that his new album, What Makes You Country, will be released on 12/8. The title track, co-written with Ashley Gorley, is out everywhere now! The album will include three other tracks from Combustion writers! "Out Of Nowhere" co-written with Ashley Gorley; "Like You Say You Do" co-written with Ashley Gorley; "Sunrise, Sunburn, Sunset" co-written by Zach Crowell!

Matthew West - "The Tennessean" Interview

October 4, 2017

Matthew West recently spoke with The Tennessean about the making of his latest album, All In (out now)! Read all about what it means to Matthew to be "All In" here!

Don't miss Everette at The Country on 10/4 at 6PM

October 2, 2017

Don't miss Everette at the Country on Wednesday October 4, 2017 at 6PM! They'll be playing all new songs!

Leanna Crawford Releases Debut EP

September 29, 2017

Leanna Crawford has released her debut EP, Crazy Beautiful You! The three-song EP features "Crazy Beautiful You", "Stars" and "Fragile Heart". All three songs were co-written with AJ Pruis and Matthew West with production by AJ Pruis! Check out her EP on Spotify now!

Matthew West ASCAP Christian Songwriter of the Year

September 22, 2017

It's been a busy and successful week for Matthew West! West was honored as the 2017 ASCAP Christian Songwriter of the Year at Tuesday night's awards show. On top of that, he began the All In Tour on Thursday night with a sold-out show in Houston and released his new album, All In, today! Check it out on Spotify now!

Don't Miss Everette at Whiskey Jam on Monday 9/25

September 19, 2017

Don't miss Everette at the last outdoor Whiskey Jam show of the year on Monday, September 25th. Everette will take the stage at 6PM!

Walker McGuire Releases New Song Mysteries of the World

September 18, 2017

Walker McGuire released a new song off their forth-coming debut album! Check out "Mysteries of the World" written by Jordan Walker, Johnny McGuire, Brent Anderson and Chris DuBois. Listen on Spotify now!

Jameson Rodgers Releases "Some Girls"

September 14, 2017

Jameson Rodgers released his new single "Some Girls"! The single is featured on Spotify's Wild Country playlist along with Apple Music's Breaking Country playlist. Available everywhere now!

#1 "Small Town Boy" produced by Zach Crowell

September 12, 2017

Congratulations to Zach Crowell on producing the two-week #1 "Small Town Boy", recorded by Dustin Lynch! It's also a big week for Jordan Walker; "When It Rains It Pours", co-written with Luke Combs & Ray Fulcher, cracked the Top Ten! "Fix A Drink" is also in the Top Ten this week; congratulations to Ashley Gorley! Listen to all the Combustion songs climbing the charts on our On The Radio Spotify playlist here!

51st CMA Awards Nominations

September 4, 2017

Congratulations to our 2017 CMA Nominees Zach Crowell and Ashley Gorley! Crowell has been nominated for Song of the Year for "Body Like A Back Road" along with a nomination for Single of the Year for producing and mixing "Body Like A Back Road". Gorley has been nominated for Song of the Year for "Dirt On My Boots". Be sure to tune in to ABC on November 8th to see who takes home the top honors!

Songwriters Under the Stars

August 22, 2017

Brett Tyler will be performing at Songwriters Under the Stars at Cheekwood this Friday, August 25th! Get your tickets now before it sells out!

"Sky Stays This Blue" Hits #1 in Canada!

August 15, 2017

Congratulations to Ashley Gorley who scored another #1 on the Canada Country chart with "Sky Stays This Blue" recorded by Dallas Smith!

"Do I Make You Wanna" Hits #1

August 1, 2017

This week Combustion celebrates Billy Currington's "Do I Make You Wanna" hitting #1! This is the first 100% Combustion #1! Congratulations to writers Jerry Flowers, Zach Crowell, Matt Jenkins & Ashley Gorley!

Record Breaking "Body Like A Back Road"

August 1, 2017

Congratulations to Zach Crowell! With 25 weeks at the top of the chart, "Body Like A Back Road" has surpassed "Cruise" as the longest running #1 Hot Country Song ! In addition to co-writing the smash with Sam Hunt, Shane McAnally and Josh Osborne, Crowell also produced the single.

Hope Town Music Festival December 8-10, 2017

July 28, 2017

This year's Hope Town Music Festival will be held December 8th - 10th, 2017! Make sure to mark your calendar and keep an eye out for more details!

Thomas Rhett's "Life Changes" Out Sept. 8th

July 27, 2017

Thomas Rhett's new album, Life Changes, features three songs co-written with Ashley Gorley! The single "Unforgettable" (out 7/28), the title track "Life Changes" and "Marry Me". Rhett announced that the album will be released on Sept. 8th, with pre-order available now from www.thomasrhett.com

Combustion Release Radar Spotify Playlist

July 18, 2017

Check out our latest Spotify playlist; Release Radar! The playlist spotlights Combustion writers' songs recorded by artists across genres. Be sure to follow the playlist for weekly updates!

Matthew West Announces New Album

July 14, 2017

It's been an exciting week for Matthew West! Not only was "Hello My Name Is" certified Gold; Matthew also announced his new album, All In! The album is set to be released on 9/22 with pre-order beginning 8/4. The title track, co-written with AJ Pruis, is out today! Available on ITunes & Spotify!

Zach Crowell featured on The BobbyCast

July 13, 2017

Catch Zach Crowell on Episode 70 of Bobby Bones' BobbyCast! Learn all things "Body Like A Back Road", behind the scenes stories of songs recorded by Carrie Underwood, Dustin Lynch, Sam Hunt and more. Available on ITunes here!

"Midnight Daydream" Hits 2 Million on Spotify

July 13, 2017

Congratulations to Jameson Rodgers! His single, "Midnight Daydream", has over 2 million streams on Spotify! Listen and follow his page here.

Matthew West - Spotify's Top Christian Tracks

July 12, 2017

Matthew West is featured on the cover of Spotify's Top Christian Tracks! The playlist includes Matthew's current single, "Broken Things", co-written with AJ Pruis. Check it out here!

Walker McGuire to make their Opry Debut!

July 12, 2017

Walker McGuire is set to make the Grand Ole Opry Debut on Friday, July 14, 2017! Be sure to add Opry Snaps to see all the behind the scenes action! Get your tickets at Opry.com.

Songs Of The Summer Playlist

July 7, 2017

In honor of "Body Like A Back Road" holding the #12 spot on Billboard's Songs of the Summer Chart, we've created our Songs of the Summer Spotify playlist! The playlist features current and past summer hits from Combustion writers. Check it out here!

"Body Like A Back Road" Certified Double Platinum

June 27, 2017

Sam Hunt's "Body Like A Back Road" has been RIAA-certified Double Platinum! The single, co-written and produced by Zach Crowell, is now the longest running #1 Hot Country Song by a solo male artist! On top of that, "Body Like A Back Road" is the most downloaded country song of 2017, the top streaming country song of 2017 and the fastest country song in history to reach 100 million streams. "Body Like A Back Road" is currently climbing the Hot A/C, Top 40 and A/C Charts! Check it out on our On The Radio Spotify playlist.

Celebration for Dierks Bentley's #1 "Black"

June 26, 2017

Last week Combustion was at the #1 celebration for Dierks Bentley's "Black", co-written by Ashley Gorley, Bentley and Ross Copperman. The single marks Ashley Gorley's 33rd #1! Congratulations Ashley! Check out all 33 of Gorley's #1s on our Spotify playlist.

Maren Morris' Hero RIAA-Gold Certified!

June 21, 2017

Congratulations to Brett Tyler who co-wrote and produced two songs, “Space” and “Sugar”, on Maren Morris’ debut album Hero which was just certified RIAA Gold!

"When It Rains It Pours" most added

June 21, 2017

Luke Combs' new single, "When It Rains It Pours", co-written by Jordan Walker, was the most added song at Country radio this week! The song is currently climbing the charts. Congratulations Jordan! Check it out on our On The Radio Spotify playlist!

"Body Like A Back Road" 18-week #1!

June 14, 2017

"Body Like A Back Road", which Zach Crowell produced and co-wrote with Sam Hunt, Shane McAnally and Josh Osborne has spent 18 weeks as the #1 Hot County Song! "Body Like A Back Road" is now tied for the third-longest run at the top of the Hot Country Songs chart and is in the Top 25 on both the Hot AC and Top 40 charts. Congratulations Zach! Listen to "Body Like A Back Road" on our On The Radio Spotify playlist here.

Matthew West Announces All In Tour Beginning September 2017

June 12, 2017

Catch Matthew West this fall as he sets out on The All In Tour! Matthew will bring along Jordan Feliz and Combustion's Leanna Crawford as opening acts. The All In Tour begins in September and will visit more than 30 cities throughout the US. Tickets go on sale June 13, 2017. For a full list of tour dates and information visit matthewwest.com

Ashley Gorley co-wrote two songs on The Fix A Drink EP - Chris Janson

June 9, 2017

Chris Janson released The Fix A Drink EP today, June 9, 2017. The EP features two songs co-written by Ashley Gorley; the lead single, "Fix A Drink" (Gorley / Janson / DuBois) & "Name On It" (Gorley / Janson / DuBois / Copperman). Available on Spotify here!

Luke Combs Announces "When It Rains It Pours" as new single

June 5, 2017

Luke Combs announced "When It Rains It Pours", co-written with Combustion's Jordan Walker as his new single! Jordan co-wrote the song with Combs and Ray Fulcher. Check it out on Spotify!

Don't miss any of the Combustion writers during CMA Fest Week!

June 5, 2017

Monday June 5th

1 PM - Walker McGuire / Music City Gives Back

6 PM - Walker McGuire / Fang Fair / Losers

10 PM - Lukr / 8 Off 8th / Mercy Lounge

Wednesday June 7th

6 PM - Combustion Music Presents: Walker McGuire / Jameson Rodgers / Everette / Basement East

Saturday June 10th

1:10 PM - Walker McGuire / CMA Fest

"When It Rains It Pours" on Luke Combs' debut album

June 2, 2017

Check out Jordan Walker's song "When It Rains It Pours", on Luke Combs' debut album out today! Co-written with Combs and Fay Fulcher. You can listen on Spotify here!

Ashley Gorley Celebrates his 33rd #1 with "Black"

May 31, 2017

This week Ashley Gorley celebrates his 33rd #1 with Dierks Bentley's "Black"; co-written with Dierks Bentley and Ross Copperman. Gorley is a 4-Time ASCAP Country Songwriter of the Year (2009, 2014, 2015, 2016), 2017 ACM Songwriter Of The Year Nominee, 2-time Billboard #1 Country Songwriter of the Year (2013 & 2016) and 9-Time CMA Triple Play Award Winner, among many other honors. Congratulations Ashley! Listen to Black on Spotify.

Basement East Show Wednesday June 7th - 6PM

May 30, 2017

Combustion Music presents Walker McGuire, Jameson Rodgers and Everette next Wednesday, June 7th at 6PM at the Basement East!

“Setting The World On Fire” awarded at BBMA’s

May 23, 2017

“Setting the World On Fire” recorded by Kenny Chesney and Pink won the Top Country Collaboration award at the 2017 Billboard Music Awards on Sunday. Matt Jenkins co-wrote the #1 hit with Josh Osborne and Ross Copperman. Listen on Spotify here!

AJ Pruis & Matthew West – 2 On Mandisa’s New Album

May 22, 2017

AJ Pruis and Matthew West co-wrote “I’m Still Here” and “Good News” featured on Mandisa’s new album “Out of the Dark”. Check it out on Spotify!

Team at Topgolf Las Vegas during 2017 ACM's

May 22, 2017

Our team, pictured here with writer Ashley Gorley, had a great time this past April at Topgolf in Las Vegas during the 52nd ACM Awards! 

8 Writers In 4 Genres on the Charts!

May 19, 2017

Combustion Celebrates 8 Writers on the Billboard & Mediabase Charts in 4 Genres! 

Sam Hunt "Body Like A Back Road" (Country/AC/Top 40) – Zach Crowell / Sam Hunt / Shane McAnally / Josh Osborne

Matthew West "Broken Things" (Christian/Gospel) – Matthew West / AJ Pruis / Jason Houser

Dierks Bentley "Black" – Ashley Gorley / Ross Copperman / Dierks Bentley

Walker McGuire "Til Tomorrow" – Jordan Walker / Johnny McGuire / Brian Carper / Troy Matthews

Easton Corbin "A Girl Like You" – Ashley Gorley / Rhett Akins / Jesse Frasure

Chris Janson "Fix A Drink" – Ashley Gorley / Chris Janson / Chris DuBois

Bon Jovi "Roller Coaster" (AC) – Ashley Gorley / Chris Destefano / Jon Bon Jovi

Billy Currington "Do I Make You Wanna" - Ashley Gorley / Zach Crowell / Matt Jenkins / Jerry Flowers

Trace Adkins "Watered Down" - Matt Jenkins / Shane McAnally / Trevor Rosen

Listen to them on our Spotify playlist!

Matthew West “Broken Things” Hot Shot Debut

May 19, 2017

Matthew West’s new single, “Broken Things”, co-written with Combustion Music’s AJ Pruis and Jason Houser was released on May 12, 2017. “Broken Things” is currently at #28 on the Christian Airplay Chart and was labeled the Hot Shot Debut! Listen on Spotify here!

Body Like A Back Road #1 for 3 Weeks!

May 19, 2017

Zach Crowell secured another #1 on the Country charts with “Body Like A Back Road” recorded by Sam Hunt. Zach co-wrote the song with Sam Hunt, Shane McAnally and Josh Osborne and produced the single. “Body Like A Back Road” was #1 for 3 weeks on the Country Airplay Chart and is currently climbing on both the Hot A/C and Top 40 Charts. Check it out on our Spotify playlist!

“Til Tomorrow” Hits 18 Million Spotify Streams

May 19, 2017

Walker McGuire’s debut single “Til Tomorrow”, written by Jordan Walker, Johnny McGuire, Brian Carper and Troy Matthews, is currently climbing the charts and has garnered over 18 million streams on Spotify. Listen here!

Chris Janson “Fix A Drink” Single

May 19, 2017

Ashley Gorley co-wrote Chris Janson’s new single “Fix A Drink” with Janson and Chris DuBois. “Fix A Drink” will officially be released to radio on May 22, 2017.  Listen on Spotify here!

Matt Jenkins @ ACM Party For A Cause

March 28, 2017

Matt Jenkins is set to perform at the ACM: Party For A Cause Songwriter Showcase on Friday, March 31. This incredible event presented by Combustion Music, Creative Nation, SMACKSongs and AIMP starts at 9PM at The Pearl in the Palms Casino Resort. To find more information about Party For A Cause or to purchase tickets, click here!

Ashley Gorley Songwriter Showcase

March 26, 2017

Ashley Gorley is set to perform at the ACM: Party For A Cause Songwriter Showcase on Friday, March 31. This incredible event presented by Combustion Music, Creative Nation, SMACKSongs and AIMP starts at 9PM at The Pearl in the Palms Casino Resort. To find more information about Party For A Cause or to purchase tickets, click here!

Dirt On My Boots #1

March 15, 2017

Ashley Gorley scores his 31st #1 song with "Dirt On My Boots" recorded by Jon Pardi. Co-written with Rhett Akins and Jesse Frasure, "Dirt On My Boots" was the second single off of Jon's sophomore album California Sunrise. Check out the song and album here!



Ashley Gorley Nominated for ACM Songwriter of the Year

February 15, 2017

Ashley Gorley has been nominated for Songwriter of the Year at the 52nd Annual Academy of Country Music Awards! Be sure to tune in to CBS for full coverage of the awards hosted at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada on April 2, 2017.

Three Combustion Writers - Three Triple Play Awards

February 15, 2017

The Country Music Association hosted it's Eighth Annual Songwriters Luncheon on Wednesday, February 15th, to present twenty of Nashville's top songwriters with CMA Triple Play Awards. Combustion writers Ashley Gorley, Zach Crowell, and Matt Jenkins were amongst this prestigious group of songwriters to have written three #1 songs within a 12-month period. This is Matt's first Triple Play Award, Zach Crowell's second, and Ashley Gorley's eighth! Check out the full article here, as well as the list of Combustion songs to reach #1 with their respective writers below!

Ashley Gorley: “Heartbeat,” “You Should Be Here,” “T-Shirt”
Zach Crowell: “Heartbeat,” “Church Bells,” “Middle Of A Memory”
Matt Jenkins: “Confession,” “Setting The World On Fire,” “Song For Another Time”

WM Featured on Rolling Stone

February 14, 2017

Combustion writers Johnny McGuire and Jordan Walker are featured in the February edition of Rolling Stone's "10 New Country Artists You Need to Know". "The two are poised for a mainstream breakthrough in 2017, with a still-under-development album produced by hitmaker Mickey Jack Cones and a newly announced deal with Wheelhouse Records," says RS. To read the full article, click here!

Mickey Jack Cones Has #1 With Seein' Red

February 13, 2017

Ashley Gorley's 30th #1 is Combustion's 60th

January 26, 2017

Ashley Gorley earned his 29th and 30th #1 songs this week with Carrie Underwood’s “Dirty Laundry” and Blake Shelton’s “A Guy With A Girl”….an almost unfathomable achievement.  Gorley signed his publishing deal with Combustion Music in 2001, and has since penned all 30 of his #1’s with Chris Farren, Chris Van Belkom and Kenley Flynn as his partner and publisher. His words and music have had immeasurable impact on the country music format, and with six songs charting at this very moment, Gorley shows no sign of slowing down any time soon. Combustion Music is so very proud to have played a part in all of these successes, and look forward to many more hits together. 

Combustion Music is also celebrating its 60th #1 song as a company this week!  Since opening its doors in 2001, Combustion Music has remained true to its original mission of creating a dynamic environment for great artists and songwriters to grow and flourish, surrounded by a top notch creative team dedicated to hands on attention to all things music and beyond.  Over the past sixteen years, backed by an impeccable team of songwriters and creatives, Combustion has made it all the way to 60 #1’s.  With such wonderful milestones at the start of the year, 2017 is gearing up to be another busy and fruitful year for all.

Combustion Music Celebrates Billboard Year-End Chart Success

December 9, 2016

Huge congratulations goes out to Ashley Gorley for earning Billboard's #1 Hot Country Songwriter of 2016 and to Matthew West for earning Billboard's #1 Hot Christian Songwriter of 2016! Full list of Combustion Music Billboard Year-End Chart Success is listed below! 

Hot Country Songwriters

#1 Ashley Gorley

Zach Crowell

Matt Jenkins

Hot Christian Songwriters

#1 Matthew West

Hot Country Songs Publishers

#7

Hot Christian Songs Publishers

#31

Hot 100 Radio Songs

Setting The World On Fire - Kenny Chesney ft. Pink

T-Shirt - Thomas Rhett

Digital Songs

Break Up In A Small Town - Sam Hunt

Setting The World On Fire - Kenny Chesney ft. Pink

You Should Be Here - Cole Swindell

Hot Country Songs - Country Airplay Songs - Digital Country Songs - Streaming Country Songs

You Should Be Here - Cole Swindell

Break Up In A Small Town - Sam Hunt

Church Bells - Carrie Underwood

T-Shirt - Thomas Rhett

Setting The World On Fire - Kenny Chesney ft. Pink

American Country Love Song - Jake Owen

Middle Of A Memory - Cole Sindell

Make You Miss Me - Sam Hunt

Heartbeat - Carrie Underwood

A Litle More Summertime - Jason Aldean

That Don’t Sound Like You - Lee Brice

Song For Antoher Time - Old Dominion

Little Bit Of You - Chase Bryant

Gonna Know We Were Here - Jason Aldean

Running For You - Kip Moore

Dirty Laundry - Carrie Underwood

Nothin Like You - Dan + Shay

Confession - Florida Georgia Line

House Party - Sam Hunt

Play It Again - Luke Bryan

Top Christian Artists

Matthew West

Top Christian Albums

Grace Wins - Matthew West

Hot Christian Songs - Christian Airplay Songs - Christian Digital Songs - Christian Streaming Songs

Tell Your Heart To Beat Again - Danny Gokey

Just Be Held - Casting Crowns

Grace Wins - Matthew West

One Step Away - Casting Crowns

Mended - Matthew West

Combustion Music Hope Town Music Festival

December 8, 2016

Combustion Music hosted its 3rd annual Hope Town Music Festival this past weekend on the beautiful island of Elbow Cay in the Bahamas. Over $75,000 was raised from the four writer- rounds, making this year the best to date! 

Combustion Music President Chris Farren was able to bring some of Music City’s finest writers to his home-away-from-home. Ashley Gorley, Brett James, Chris Destefano, Matt Jenkins, Jameson Rodgers, Jordan Walker, Johnny McGuire, Mickey Jack Cones, Chip Esten, John Nite, Kendall Marvell, Andy Albert, and Marc Beeson all contributed their time and songwriting efforts to this valiant cause. Every Child Counts, Friends of the Environment, and Hope Town Fire & Rescue were the three organizations that received all money raised from the festival. 

The idea of hosting such an event came to Chris Farren 14 years ago when he decided that it would be fun to intertwine his work and play by introducing his Nashville songwriting community to his friends from the islands, and raising money for some very worthy local charities “All of my friends donated their time and talents, and together with the local community and some incredible Nashville sponsors, we raised a bunch of money that will all stay on the island and really make a difference… not to mention the fact that we all had a blast,” said Farren.

“We at SunTrust Music Row have been involved with the Hopetown Music Festival since its inception in 2013. We are so glad to be a part of such a great cause, that gives back to such a special place like Hopetown,” Said Suntrust First Vice President Dusty Miller.

 The series of four writer rounds started the night of Friday, Dec. 2 at the Hope Town Harbor Lodge. An expansive audience sprawled out from the venue onto the beach as they danced and sang along to hit after hit. Saturday featured an equally enthusiastic set at the Harbour’s Edge. A daytime performance at the Abaco Inn Sunday complete with a Junkanoo parade performed by children of the Every Child Counts organization, prepared the audience for the final round of the festival at the Hope Town Inn and Marina later that night. 

Four-time ASCAP Songwriter of the Year and Combustion Music writer Ashley Gorley continued, "the locals and I know each other by name at this point. The islands are beyond beautiful and the people couldn't be more kind and appreciative. I'm more than happy to help Combustion and Chris Farren raise money for that community, and I've got it on my calendar to come back every year" 

None of this would be possible without the incredible sponsors, partners, and donors that participated for the three worthy organizations that will benefit from the donations; ASCAP, The Academy of Country Music, Suntrust Bank, Hackney Financial, Downtown Music Publishing, Warner Chappell, IBC Airways, Sword Rowe & Company, Abaco Inn, Albury’s Ferry Service, Abaco Buzz, Hope Town Inn and Marina, Hope Town Harbor Lodge, Harbour’s Edge, Commonwealth Brewery Limited, Lighthouse Marina, Rock Around The Clock, Island Cart Rentals, Bahamas Ministry of Tourism. 

As the Combustion Music Hope Town Music Festival continues to prove its success, Chris Farren is already working to lock in dates for next year’s festival. Be on the lookout for more details of this great event!

MJ and MM #1

November 9, 2016

Combustion writers Matthew West and Matt Jenkins scored seperate #1's this past week. Casting Crowns’ first single off of their 7th Studio album and #1 Hit “One Step Away”, was penned by Combustion’s own Matthew West! Matt Jenkin's song Setting The World On Fire peaked the Billboard Country Chart after 13 short weeks! Cowritten with Josh Osborne and Ross Copperman and performed by Kenny Chesney and Pink, Setting The World On Fire is Matt's second #1.

ASCAP 2016

November 4, 2016

Combustion Music had a huge night at the 2016 ASCAP Awards! 12 plaques were awarded to five different writers throughout the night, graciously accepted by the Combustion Music staff as well as our Atlas Music Publishing partners, Richard Stumpf and Jennifer Blakeman. Ashley Gorley’s “Nothin’ Like You”, co-written with Chris Destefano and Dan + Shay, was honored as one of ASCAP’s top five songs, and beautifully performed in costumes dressed as each other! Below you will find a full list of all songs recognized during the ceremony in no particular order, along with cowriters and artist. Check out the “Who Needs A Radio” playlist on the Combustion Music’s Spotify to hear all of the tunes we have spinning today! “DON’T IT”

WRITERS: ASHLEY GORLEY, JAREN JOHNSTON

ARTIST: BILLY CURRINGTON “TONIGHT LOOKS GOOD ON YOU”

WRITER: ASHLEY GORLEY

ARTIST: JASON ALDEAN “YOUNG & CRAZY”

WRITER: ASHLEY GORLEY

ARTIST: FRANKIE BALLARD “KICK THE DUST UP”

WRITERS: CHRIS DESTEFANO, ASHLEY GORLEY

ARTIST: LUKE BRYAN “HELL OF A NIGHT”

WRITERS: ZACH CROWELL, ADAM SANDERS,

ARTIST: DUSTIN LYNCH “HOUSE PARTY”

WRITERS: ZACH CROWELL, JERRY FLOWERS, SAM HUNT

ARTIST: SAM HUNT “NOTHIN’ LIKE YOU”

WRITERS: CHRIS DESTEFANO, ASHLEY GORLEY, DANIEL SMYERS

ARTIST: DAN + SHAY “GONNA KNOW WE WERE HERE”

WRITER: BRETT JAMES

ARTIST: JASON ALDEAN “BREAK UP IN A SMALL TOWN”

WRITERS: ZACH CROWELL, SAM HUNT

ARTIST: SAM HUNT “LITTLE BIT OF YOU”

WRITERS: DEREK GEORGE, ASHLEY GORLEY

ARTIST: CHASE BRYANT “THAT DON’T SOUND LIKE YOU”

WRITER: ASHLEY GORLEY

ARTIST: LEE BRICE “FEELIN’ IT”

WRITERS: FRANK ROGERS, MATTHEW WEST

ARTIST: SCOTTY MCCREERY The night did not end with the closing statements of the award show, as Combustion Music held it’s annual after party at Adele’s! Carrying on into the wee-hours of the morning, friends and family came out to celebrate the achievements of not only the Combustion

Setting The World On Fire #1

October 26, 2016

Matt Jenkins reaches the top of the Billboard Country Airplay and MediaBase Overall Country charts this week with his song Setting The World On Fire! Recorded by Kenny Chesney and Pink, this #1 hit was written with Ross Copperman and Josh Osborne.

5 in Top 10

October 17, 2016

According to the Billboard Airplay Charts, both Country and Christian AC published on 10/18, Combustion Music has FIVE songs in the top ten slots, with all still climbing! Below are the charted songs and their respective Combusiton writers. We hope to see some #1's from these in the near future! #3 - Setting The World On Fire - Matt Jenkins

#4 - Middle Of A Memory - Zach Crowell and Ashley Gorley

#7 - A Little More Summertime - Jerry Flowers

#10 - Song For Another Time - Matt Jenkins #6 - One Step Away - Matthew West Huge congrats to all writers involved in this rare feat!

LUKR featured on KTWN Minneapolis

October 11, 2016

Luke Foley had two songs featured on KTWN’s First Impression’s Saturday, October 9th. Scarecrow, the newest single from Lukr, and Wrong, a track penned by Foley and performed by NAWAS played back - to - back on GO 96.3.

NSAI Awards 2016

October 11, 2016

The Nashville songwriting community gathered Sunday night at the Music City Center to honor a select few who excelled above the rest in the calendar year. Of the 150 songs that made the ballot, Zach Crowell’s “Break Up In A Small Town” was one of 10 “Songs I Wish I’d Written” voted by NSAI Professional Members. Crowell's song entered the top 20 on Billboard Airplay in Alternative, Christian, Country, Pop and Rock from July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2016.

Through mathematical that involves number of songs in the top 20 on Billboard Airplay from July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2016, chart position of each song, amount of time each song spent in the top 20, and writer percentage, Ashley Gorley was awarded NSAI's 2016 Songwriter of the Year.

Matthew West ASCAP Christian 2016

October 8, 2016

At the 2016 ASCAP Christian Songwriter Awards, Combustion Music writer Matthew West was honored with the Songwriter-Artist award for a third year, having earned the honor in 2013 and 2015. He also took home three ASCAP most-performed song awards for his own chart-topping singles, “Grace Wins” and “Day One,” as well as “Just Be Held,” recorded by Casting Crowns.

NSAI Sept. 2016 #1's

September 20, 2016

On Monday September 19th, the Nashville Songwriters Association International recognized Zach Crowell, Matt Jenkins, and Ashley Gorley for writing one or more of the following Combustion #1 songs!

“Church Bells”

#1 on Billboard Country Airplay and Mediabase

“Confession”

#1 on Billboard Country Airplay and Mediabase

“T-Shirt”

#1 on Billboard Country Airplay and Mediabase

“You Should Be Here”

#1 on Billboard Country Airplay, Billboard Hot Country Songs and Mediabase

Walker McGuire Signs with Broken Bow Records

September 14, 2016

Walker McGuire, comprised of Combustion Music writers Jordan Walker and Johnny McGuire, have officially signed to the Wheelhouse Records imprint on Broken Bow Records! The duo's upcoming project will be produced by fellow Combustion Music writer Mickey Jack Cones. For the full article from Music Row, follow the link below! Could not be more excited for these  three deserving writers and can't wait for the music to come!

http://www.musicrow.com/2016/09/bbr-music-group-signs-walker-mcguire-to-wheelhouse-records/

Mickey Jack Cones CCMA

September 9, 2016

Mickey Jack Cones has been named the 2016 Record Producer Of The Year by the Canadian Country Music Association. Alongside producers Brett Kissel and Bart McKay, Mickey Jack has been awarded this title for his work on Brett Kissel's album Pick Me Up. The award show will be airing Sunday, September 11th at 6:45pm. Congrats Mickey Jack on this huge accomplishment!

Ashley Gorley Rings The Bell at #1

September 6, 2016

28 #1 songs for Ashley Gorley after this week with Jake Owen's "American Country Love Song." Huge congrats to Ashley on his unbelievable achievement!

Zach Crowell Lands Fifth #1 as Producer

August 30, 2016

Congratulations to long time Combustion Music songwriter/producer Zach Crowell for earning his 5th #1 as a producer with Sam Hunt's "Make You Miss Me." The song is the fifth single off Hunt's debut album, Montevallo that is 2x Platinum and follows the smash "Break Up In A Small Town" that peaked at #2 on the airplay charts.

Ashley Gorley Gets 27th #1 with "T-Shirt"

July 21, 2016

Ashley Gorley reaches the top of the charts for the 27th time with Thomas Rhett’s single “T-Shirt”. Luke Laird and Shane McAnally are the co-writers on the song. Huge congrats to all three on this massive hit!

JERRY FLOWERS LANDS JASON ALDEAN SINGLE

July 21, 2016

Combustion writer Jerry Flowers co-wrote Jason Aldean’s new single “A Little More Summertime” off of his forthcoming album “They Don’t Know.” Be sure to check out this tune here:( https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/they-dont-know/id1132368365 )  and be on the lookout for Jason’s new music in September!

CONFESSION GOES #1

July 21, 2016

Matt Jenkins charts his 2nd #1 song with “Confession” recorded by Florida Georgia Line. The last song off of their sophomore album was co-written with Rodney Clawson and Ross Coppeman. Download the track here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/anything-goes/id916250301

SUNTRUST BANK HOSTS SONGWRITER DINNER

July 21, 2016

Recently, at Nashville's most famous venue, The Ryman Auditorium, Suntrust Bank hosted it's annual Songwriter Dinner. The event features a cocktail hour, dinner, and live performances from Nashville's top songwriters on the Ryman stage. Combustion Music was thrilled to once again be a part of the evening, having Chris Farren, Matt Jenkins and Jameson Rodgers all perform for the guests. The evening also serves as the kickoff to Combustion Music's annual Hopetown Music Festival, which will take place in Hopetown, Bahamas Dec 1 - 4, 2016. The three day festival brings Nashville's top songwriters and artists to the small island to play a series of in the round style shows at different venues across the island. Supported entirely by donations, Combustion has raised nearly $100,000 in the past two years and every penny of it stays on the island to support local organizations. Performers for this years' festival are to be announced, but follow Combustion Music on Twitter or check our website frequently for updates.

YOU SHOULD BE HERE #1

July 21, 2016

You Should Be Here #1 – Cole Swindell’s single “You Should Be Here” marks a major achievement for Combustion songwriter Ashley Gorley, as he charts his 25th #1 song. Huge congrats to Ashley and we look forward to many more in the future!

ZACH CROWELL SCORES #1 WITH "CHURCH BELLS"

July 21, 2016

Zach Crowell has his 5th #1 song with Carrie Underwood’s second single from Storyteller. The song was co-written with Hillary Lindsey and Brett James. Be sure to download the track here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/storyteller/id1038916173

BRETT TYLER LANDS 2 ON MAREN MORRIS DEBUT

June 15, 2016

Combustion writer Brett Tyler landed two songs on Maren Morris’ debut #1 record Hero, released June 3. Tyler co-wrote “Sugar” and “Space” with Morris and Laura Veltz, and is also credited with producing “Space”.  Check out Brett’s songs, and the rest of the album.

JAMESON RODGERS RELEASES DEBUT EP

June 15, 2016

Singer/Songwriter Jameson Rodgers released his self-titled EP on June 3rd just ahead of his show in Virginia Beach at the Patriotic Festival, sharing the stage with Walker Hayes, Canaan Smith and Sam Hunt in front of a crowd of 40,000!  “Midnight Daydream”, the third track on the EP, is currently featured on the A-List: Country playlist on Apple Music, and is also available on all digital music platforms, so get your ears on it wherever you like!

Matthew West Goes 3 for 3 With "Tell Your Heart..." at #1

June 15, 2016

"Tell Your Heart To Beat Again" peaked the Billboard Christian Airplay Chart last week, making it the third consecutive single penned by West to go number one. With "Grace Wins" and "Just Be Held" already reaching #1, Matthew sure is off to an amazing start to 2016!

MATTHEW WEST HOSTS KLOVE AWARDS, TAKES HOME AWARD

June 15, 2016

Sunday night, June 5, Combustion Music artist and writer Matthew West hosted KLOVE's annual Fan Awards, for his second year. Along with co-host Elizabeth Hasslebeck, West had the sold-out crowd at Grand Ole Opry House loving every minute of the show. In addition to his hosting duties West performed his latest #1 hit, "Grace Wins," as well took home the fan award for Best Lyric for the song! Congrats Matthew!