Jim McBride is a member of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. He moved to Nashville to write songs full time after Conway Twitty took his song “A Bridge That Just Won’t Burn” to #2 on the country charts. Jim’s first #1 came the year he moved to Nashville when Johnny Lee recorded
“Bet Your Heart On Me”.
The 1980’s, 90’s and the first decade of the new millennium brought dozens of chart singles and album cuts for McBride including “Rose In Paradise” Waylon Jennings’ last #1 song. In 1987, McBride began writing with a yet to be discovered Alan Jackson. Their collaboration resulted in 4 #1 songs for future Country Music Hall of Fame member Jackson and another dozen album cuts for Jackson and Randy Travis.
Jim McBride has been awarded 14 BMI and ASCAP Awards including the 1994 ASCAP Song of the Year for “Chattahoochee”. He earned 3 awards from the Nashville Songwriters Association International as well as 4 Music City News Songwriter Awards.
In 1995 McBride received the Music Creators Award from the Alabama Music Hall of Fame for his contributions to the music heritage of his home state. McBride has reaped 5 Song of the Year nominations from the Grammys, the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music for his songs “Chattahoochee” and “Angels In Waiting” a hit for Tammy Cochran.
In 1994 “Chattahoochee” was named the CMA Song of the Year. Jim McBride songs have been recorded by over 100 major label artists including Johnny Cash, George Jones, Reba McEntire, Willie Nelson, Jerry Lee Lewis, Charley Pride, Alabama, Toby Keith, Dwight Yoakum, The Oak Ridge Boys, Keith Whitley, Crystal Gayle, Gene Watson, Trace Adkins and Luke Bryan. McBride has had numerous hits on gospel, bluegrass and foreign charts.
His songs are on over 70 million records sold worldwide.