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Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame Names New Inductees

Alabama’s Randy Owen heads the class.

(Clockwise from top left) Randy, Jeffrey, Will and Layng
photos curtesy Alliance Artist & Media Relations

Randy Owen of Alabama, Will Jennings, Jeffrey Steele and Layng Martine Jr. have been announced as the new inductees to the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. The four prolific and awarded writers will be officially inducted during the 43rd Anniversary Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame Dinner & Induction Ceremony, Sunday, Oct. 13, at the new Music City Center in downtown Nashville.

Randy, who is being inducted in the songwriter/artist category, wrote several of Alabama’s classic hits, including “Feels So Right” and “Lady Down on Love.” Will’s best-known tunes have leaned to the pop side, with such hits as “Up Where We Belong” by Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warnes and Celine Dion’s “My Heart Will Go On,” and he has scored country success with Tim McGraw’s “Please Remember Me” and others.

Jeffrey has written several Rascal Flatts favorites, among them “My Wish,” “What Hurts the Most” and “Me and My Gang,” along with “My Town” by Montgomery Gentry, “The Cowboy in Me” by Tim McGraw and many others. Layng, who will be inducted in the veteran songwriter category, wrote Reba McEntire’s first career single, “I Don’t Want to Be a One Night Stand,” and Reba’s touching “The Greatest Man I Never Knew.”

Congratulations go out to the new inductees.

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