This Illinois native and 28 year Nashville veteran has had songs recorded by Jason Aldean, Sam Hunt, Garth Brooks, Martina McBride, Peter Cetera, Billy Currington, Blake Shelton, Reba McEntire, Lady Antebellum, Carrie Underwood and Chicago, among others. He has won 11 ASCAP awards including both Country and Pop Song of the Year for his #1, "When She Cries”. He co-wrote the title track and Billy Currington #1 single, “We Are Tonight” and more recently, the title track of Ashley Monroe's Grammy nominated record,"The Blade”, Blake Shelton's "She's Got a Way With Words”, Josh Turner’s #1, "Hometown Girl” and “The Bullet" from Carrie Underwood’s new record, Cry Pretty.
As an artist, he has recorded for Warner Bros., BNA and Curb Records... He has served on the Board of NSAI, the NARAS education committee and as a mentor in the MTSU music business program. He currently writes for Downtown Music Group.