Luke Laird—2012 BMI Songwriter of the Year and Billboard’s #3 Hot Country Songwriter of 2011—grew up in the small farming town of Conneaut Lake, Pennsylvania. Pursuing a lifelong love of making music, he moved to Nashville in 1997 to attend Middle Tennessee State University. After graduation, he got a job as assistant tour manager for Brooks & Dunn and honed his songwriting ability on the road. Encouraged and mentored by established Nashville songwriter Bill Luther and music publisher Chris Oglesby, he landed a publishing deal with BMG Music Publishing in 2002.
Writing with Bill Luther and Hillary Lindsey led to Laird’s first cut, “Painless” recorded by Lee Ann Womack on her CMA Album of the Year There’s More Where That Came From. Laird’s thirteen #1 Billboard singles include Carrie Underwood’s “So Small,” “Last Name,” “Temporary Home” and “Undo It, ” Blake Shelton’s “Hillbilly Bone” feat. Trace Adkins, Sara Evans’ “A Little Bit Stronger,” Rodney Atkins’ “Take a Back Road,” Eric Church’s “Drink in my Hand,” Chris Young’s “You,” Little Big Town’s “Pontoon,” Tim McGraw’s “One Of Those Nights,” Lady Antebellum’s “Downtown” and Hunter Hayes’ “Somebody’s Heartbreak”. Laird also penned Miranda Lambert’s “Baggage Claim” which landed at #3 on the Billboard charts and Carrie Underwood’s “Mama’s Song” which climbed to #2 on the Billboard charts. Most recently he won the prestigious honor of BMI Songwriter of the Year and BMI Song of the Year for “Take a Back Road” being the most played BMI song for 2012.
Laird’s songs have been recorded by Tim McGraw, Carrie Underwood, Darius Rucker, Amy Grant, Eric Church, Miranda Lambert, Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Sheryl Crow, Boys Like Girls, Ne-Yo, Sara Evans, Cassandra Wilson (duet feat. John Legend), Holly Williams, Trace Adkins, Little Big Town, Rascal Flatts, Charlotte Church, Chris Young, Blake Shelton, Clay Walker, Brandon Heath, Jessica Simpson, Jannette McCurdy, Lee Ann Womack, Katharine McPhee and Francesca Battistelli, among others. A prolific and sought after writer, producer and collaborator, with more than 800 compositions to his credit, Laird’s songs have been on more than 20 million albums sold.
He currently writes for UMPG Nashville as well as Creative Nation, a publishing company he co-owns with his wife, Beth.