• Spirit Celebrates Southbound #1 at BMI
    Spirit Celebrates Southbound #1 at BMI
Monday, October 21, 2019

NASHVILLE, TN (October 21, 2019) -- Music Row celebrated Carrie Underwood's hit song "Southbound" at BMI Monday night.  Spirit Music Nashville writer David Garcia co-wrote and co-produced "Southbound" -- the 27th #1 song of Carrie Underwood's stellar career, her first with Universal Music Group.  This is her third single and first #1 from her CMA-nominated album Cry Pretty.

Spirit Music Nashville's Frank Rogers praised both Garcia’s talent and work ethic, saying, “He’s one of the hardest workers. He won the ASCAP Christian Songwriter of the Year award like six weeks ago. He gets his award and we go to dinner and he starts looking at his watch. He goes, ‘I’ve got to go back to the studio because I have a demo vocal at 10 p.m.. The artist is cutting on Friday so this is the only chance we have to get it to them.’ Well, he got the cut,” he said, to the applause of the crowd. “You deserve all the good things that happen to you. We are thrilled at Spirit to be part of your world.”

Rogers also said to Underwood, “Thank you for being a forward-looking artist in our industry…you care about making music that means something to you, and to your fans, and that’s why you are a guiding light in country music.”

David Garcia, who both wrote for and co-produced Underwood’s current album Cry Pretty, moved to Nashville in 2009. He’s earned four Grammy Awards for songs including Mandisa’s “Overcomer” and the album of the same title, as well as songs recorded by TobyMac. Garcia is the reigning ASCAP Christian Songwriter of the Year, and also took home the honor in 2015 and 2016. He also co-wrote Moore’s “More Girls Like You,” and co-wrote three tracks on NF’s album Perception.

Garcia took the time to praise Underwood not only as a songwriter, but as a producer. “When you look on the back of the record and it says ‘co-produced by Carrie Underwood,’ Carrie was in my studio in Berry Hill every session. Every day we had someone come over, she was right there. I’m so proud of this song, but I’m so proud of this record, too. Thank you for making this possible. We had an incredible record label that trusted us. Josh, I couldn’t be more proud of you, dude, just watching you do everything.”

“I’m so proud of this entire album. It is definitely me to the fullest extent,” Carrie Underwood said. “To be able to work with David throughout, it was just a blessing. It feels good singing these songs on the road every night. Getting to write with both of these guys, it was wonderful to have such talent in the room and get to know you guys. I’m excited to celebrate ‘Southbound,’ that last piece of the puzzle that we knew we needed. You’ve got to have those light, fun moments in the show and it’s such an honor to get to kick the show off with ‘Southbound.’”


Photo (from L-R):  Front Row:  David Garcia; Carrie Underwood; Josh Miller
Back Row:  Derek Wells, Sr. Director of A&R/Production, Spirit Music Nashville; Clay Hatton, Administration Assitant, Spirit Music Nashville; Freeman Wizer, Sr Director of Creative, Spirit Music Nashville; Brian Bradford, VP of Administration and Operations, Spirit Music Nashville; Katie Flynn, Creative Director, Spirit Music Nashville; Michelle Davey, Director of Administration/Office Manager, Spirit Music Nashville; Kara Jackson, Creative Director, Spirit Music Nashville; Frank Rogers, CEO, Spirit Music Nashville.


Photo (from L-R):  Front Row:  David GarciaCarrie UnderwoodJosh Miller
Back Row:  Frank Rogers, CEO, Spirit Music Nashville; Cindy Mabe, President, Universal Music Group Nashville; Kele Currier, Asst VP, Strategic Services, ASCAP; Troy Tomlinson, Chairman/CEO, UMPG Nashville.


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