SOCAN Family & Friends Bash resonates with our Nashville community

Proudly displaying the SOCAN No. 1 Song Awards they received at SOCAN’s 2017 Nashville Family & Friends Bash. Left to right, Back Row: Deric Ruttan, Gordie Sampson, Travis Wood, and Todd Clark; Front Row, Tebey Ottoh, Aaron Goodvin, and Steven Lee Olsen. (All Photos; Kerry Woo)
September 19, 2017

SOCAN’s annual Nashville Family & Friends Bash, held at City Winery on Sept. 14, 2017, was a lively and greatly appreciated event that honoured our Nashville-based members and allowed them to network extensively with others in our local songwriting community. We hosted more than 150 guests, including local and visiting members, as well as industry representatives from labels, music publishers, music technology firms and agencies.

Attending the Bash from SOCAN, were CEO Eric Baptiste; Board President Stan Meissner; COO Jeff King; Chief Membership and Business Development Officer Michael McCarty; Director, A&R, Rodney Murphy; Director, International Business Development & Compliance, Steve Ambers; National Events Manager Kathryn Hamilton; and of course, SOCAN’s Nashville representative Eddie Schwartz.

SOCAN  took the opportunity to proudly present SOCAN No. 1 Song Awards to eight songwriters during the Bash, as follows:

To Gordie Sampson for writing "God, Your Mama, And Me," published by BMG Rights Management Canada, performed by Florida Georgia Line featuring The Backstreet Boys, which reached the top of both the Billboard Country Airplay Chart and the CMT Countdown Chart, on July 8, 2017.

To Steven Lee Olsen for writing "Blue Ain't Your Colour," published by Canadiana Music, and performed by Keith Urban, which peaked on the Billboard Hot Country Songs Chart on Nov. 19, 2016, and on the Billboard Country Airplay Chart on Jan. 14, 2017.

To Deric Ruttan for writing "Any Ol' Barstool," performed by Jason Aldean, and published by Doc And Maggie Music and Warner Chappell Music Canada Ltd., which topped the Nielson BDS Country Chart on March 27, 2017.


David Myles is all smiles as he proudly wears his SOCAN No. 1 Song Award medallion. Left to right: SOCAN’s Rodney Murphy and Michael McCarty; Myles; SOCAN CEO Eric Baptiste and Board President Stan Meissner.

To David Myles for "It Don't Matter," which he co-wrote with Classified, which hit the top of the CBC Radio 2 Top 20 Chart on May 13, 2016.

To Kelly Archer for "Somebody Else Will," which she co-wrote with Tebey Ottoh; published by Stars and Stripes and Maple Leaf Music, Songtrust & Downtown DMP Songs, and Downtown Music; and performed by Justin Moore. The song scaled the peak of the Billboard Country Airplay Chart on Sept. 2, 2017.


Tebey Ottoh and Kelly Archer with their SOCAN No. 1 Song Awards. Left to right: SOCAN’s Rodney Murphy and CEO Eric Baptiste; Ottoh and Archer; And SOCAN’s Michael McCarty and Board President Stan Meissner.

Archer was also awarded a No. 1 Song honour for “Sleep Without You,” which she co-wrote with Justin Ebach and Brett Young; published by Downtown Music, Red Creative Group, and Word Country; performed by Brett Young, which reached the summit of the Mediabase Country Airplay USA Chart on Nov. 20, 2016.

To Aaron Goodvin, for co-writing "When A Momma's Boy Meets A Daddy's Girl" with Stephen Lawrence and Myriam Webber, published by Warner Chappell Music Canada Ltd., and performed by Aaron Pritchett, which reached No. 1 on the CMT Countdown Chart, on May 6, 2017.


Aaron Goodvin and his music publishers celebrate his SOCAN No. 1 Song Award. Left to right: Will Overton of Warner Chappell; SOCAN’s Nashville representative Eddie Schwartz; Travis Carter of Warner Chappell, SOCAN’s Michael McCarty; Goodvin; SOCAN CEO Eric Baptiste and Board President Stan Meissner.

To Todd Clark and Travis Wood, for co-writing “Just Sayin” with James Barker and Gavin Slate, performed by The James Barker Band, and published by Egg Songs/Downtown Music and ole, which topped the CMT Countdown Chart on Feb. 4, 2017; and also for co-writing “Stompin’ Ground” with Tim Hicks and Gavin Slate, performed by Hicks, and published by Egg Songs/Downtown Music, which peaked on the CMT Countdown Chart on Oct. 29, 2016.

Clark and Wood were also honoured individually.

Clark for three songs:

  • “Got Your Number,” which he co-wrote with Serena Ryder, who performed the song, published by Universal Music Publishing Canada and Egg Songs/Downtown Music, which reached the top of the CBC Radio 2 Top 20 Chart on July 15, 2016;
  • “Sound Of Your Heart,” which he co-wrote with Stephen "Koz" Kozmeniuk and Shawn Hook, who performed the song, published by Nyan King Music Ltd., Egg Songs/Downtown Music, Douk of Art Publishing, Hyvetown, and EMI Blackwood Music Canada Ltd., which topped the Billboard Dance Club Songs Chart on April 2, 2016; and
  • “Kinda Complicated,” which he co-wrote with Ron Lopata, Thomas “Tawgs” Salter, and Scott Helman, who performed the song, published by Egg Songs/Downtown Music and Sony/ATV Music Publishing Canada, which hit the top of the CBC Radio 2 Top 20 on April 6, 2017.

Wood for two songs, both performed by The James Barker Band:

  • “Lawn Chair Lazy,” which he co-wrote with James Barker and Gavin Slate, and published by ole, which peaked on the CMT Countdown Chart on Sept. 3, 2016; and
  • “Chills,” which he co-wrote with Barker, Slate and Donovan Woods, published by Warner Chappell Music Canada Ltd. and ole, whic tooped both the CMT Countdown Chart on May 27, 2017, and the Neilson BDS Country Chart on June 19, 2017.

SOCAN congratulates all of these winning members on their latest great accomplishments!