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Trisha Yearwood felt "honored" to pay tribute to her favorite composers at the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame induction ceremony in Nashville, Sunday night, Oct. 7. Trisha was on hand to perform "Wind Beneath My Wings," written by inductee Larry Henley, along with "He Thinks He'll Keep Her" for her friend and inductee Mary Chapin Carpenter. Trisha's husband, Garth Brooks, backed Trisha on guitar on “Wind Beneath My Wings.”
Before the ceremony, Trisha talked about writing and what certain songs have meant to her. "Garth says everybody's a songwriter, but I respectfully disagree with that," she said with a laugh. “I'm an interpreter. If I ever wrote something like 'Walkaway Joe' [her 1992 hit], that would be fantastic, but so far that has not happened. My career has been defined by great songs like 'She's in Love With the Boy,' so I am always honored when I get a chance to say thank you to the songwriters.”
Trisha also recalled one song that got away, Deana Carter's megahit "Strawberry Wine," which won the Country Music Association award for Song of the Year in 1997. "I actually had 'Strawberry Wine' on hold and then let it go, and it becomes a four-million-seller," she noted, laughing. "But the truth is, I believe that song was meant for [Deana]. I think songs end up where they're supposed to.”
Trisha is also beginning the new season of her Food Network cooking show, Trisha's Southern Kitchen, for which she prepares favorite family recipes. “I wasn't really interested at first,” she revealed, "but they said that I could do what I want. I'm not a chef, I'm a cook, so it's very basic cooking. These recipes are easy and anyone can do them. It's been really fun.”
Read more about Trisha's show and catch a fascinating interview with her in the Oct. 29 issue of Country Weekly, on sale Oct. 22.