Will Hoge, Eric Paslay Honored by ASCAP, BMI at CMA Headquarters
ASCAP and BMI, the two major performance rights organizations, commandeered the reception hall at the Country Music Association office in Nashville Monday afternoon (Aug. 20) to celebrate the recent No. 1 status of “Even if It Breaks Your Heart.”
The song was co-written by Will Hoge and Eric Paslay and recorded by the Eli Young Band, all of whom were in attendance.
After shaming the noisy crowd to order, BMI’s Jody Williams pointed to the fragments of lyrics painted high along the walls of the reception area and congratulated the CMA for taking such pains to honor with those lyrics every song and every single of the year since the organization began conferring awards.
Williams then outlined Hoge’s musical achievements, noting it is rare for a country songwriter to actually be from Nashville. Hoge, who’s affiliated with BMI, grew up in nearby Franklin, Tenn., and has been a recording and performing artist — although not a country one — since the late 1990s. During that time, he’s released 20 albums. more!