Awards CMA Single Of The Year 2008 Alabama native Monty Criswell has been a full-time professional songwriter in Nashville for over 25 years. To date, he’s had over 200 cuts, numerous BMI awards and gold/platinum certifications. Monty has continued to have success and written songs for the top artists in the genre from the 90’s to today––George Strait, Eric Church, Kenny Chesney, Morgan Wallen, Tracy Lawrence, Gretchen Wilson, Trace Adkins, and many more. Monty is known for his novel ideas, country lyrics, piano melodies and hard work. He’s had two GRAMMY​​® nominations for Country Song of the Year and multiple top 10 hits including #1 songs.