Jim McBride is a member of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. He moved from his hometown of Huntsville, AL 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”. In 1983, his song “Dixie Boy” was on the CMA Album of the Year The Closer You Get by the group Alabama.
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 Johnny Cash, Kris Kristofferson, Willie Nelson, George Jones, Reba McEntire, Jerry Lee Lewis, Charley Pride, Travis Tritt, Toby Keith, Dwight Yoakum, The Oak Ridge Boys, Keith Whitley, Crystal Gayle, Gene Watson, Trace Adkins and Luke Bryan and dozens of others. 20 members of the Country Music Hall of Fame have recorded his songs.
McBride has had numerous hits on gospel, bluegrass and foreign charts. His songs are on over 70 million records sold worldwide.