Ashley Gorley Is The Songwriter Behind A Whole Bunch Of Country Hits

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Ashley Gorley Has Been Named Country Music Songwriter Of The Year Five Times

It’s The  May 15, 2018 Edition Of The Tuesday Top Five

Every Tuesday in this space we feature five (or so) videos or people singing songs. The videos may be the official music videos for the songs, covers of the songs or something else. All of the videos will have something in common. Maybe the songs were all written by the same person, like this one on Nicolle Galyon or this one on Rhett Atkins.. Maybe all the videos come from the same place,  like this post on the Song Suffragettes show in Nashville.

Check back each week because you may just find something you’ll fall in love with.

This week, we’re featuring songs that were all written by Ashley Gorley.

Nashville songwriter Ashley Gorley is the subject of this week's edition of The Tuesday Top Five.
Nashville songwriter Ashley Gorley is the subject of this week’s edition of The Tuesday Top Five.

The 41-year old Gorley has been named Country Music Songwriter of the Year five times by ASCAP, the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers. During a one-week span in March of last year, Gorley was honored at three different parties for songs he co-wrote hitting #1 on the charts.

The Danville, Kentucky native has seen 37 different songs that he had a hand in writing hit #1 on the country music charts and more than 300 songs of his recorded by country musicians either has singles or for albums.

Gorley’s first cut came in 1994 when Joe Nichols recorded “I Wish That Wasn’t All,” but it wasn’t until 1997 that he had his first #1 song, Carrie Underwood’s “Don’t Forget To Remember Me.”

The vast majority of Gorley’s hits feature at least one other credted songwriter. Chris DuBois, Kelley Lovelace and Chris DeStefano are among the writers who have had multiple hits with him.

Two of Gorley’s most recent hits were Chris Janson’s “Fix A Drink” and “Marry Me” by Thomas Rhett.

The Tuesday Top Five for May 15, 2018 ft. Ashley Gorley

#1 “Don’t Forget To Remember Me” Carrie Underwood

This song was Gorley’s first hit song and came seven years after he became a songwriter.

#2 “Saltwater Gospel” Eli Young Band

Gorley wrote this hit for the Eli Young Band with Ross Copperman and Nicolle Galyon. The band told Nash Country Daily back in 2016 that it was the rare song that all four immediately fell in love with.

#3 “You Should Be Here” Cole Swindell
Gorley’s daughter Sadie sings “You Should Be Here” last year at The Listening Room Cafe in Nashville

#4 “T-Shirt” Thomas Rhett
“T-Shirt” was originally put on hold by Tim McGraw but he ultimately dropped the song, allowing Rhett to record the song that he had wanted for several years.

#5 “All-American Girl” Carrie Underwood
Gorley wrote “All-American Girl” with Carrie Underwood and Kelley Lovelace, although it almost didn’t get written at all.

Want to know more about songwriter Ashley Gorley? Check out episode 32 of . . . And The Writer Is. Gorley sat down with host Ross Golan for this episode.

Also be on the lookout for Gorley on the upcoming album from Priscilla Renea, who co-wrote “Timber” for Pitbull.

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