Growing up in a recording and song center can be intimidating!” says professional songwriter and Nashville native Marty Dodson.  “We moved to Nashville when I was five years old, and I remember that it seemed like everyone who ever worked on our air conditioner or waited on us at a restaurant was trying to get into the music business.” Although he had been writing songs since he was eleven, Marty didn’t have any connections in the business and was very intimidated by the sheer number of people trying to make it as writers and artists in town.  So, he initially set out on a different career path and earned a Psychology degree.   Upon graduation, Marty worked as a youth minister for several churches in the Nashville area.  During this time he wrote a book and numerous magazine articles. Songwriting was still just a dream.  It remained merely a hobby until he ran into his father’s friend Gordon Payne, songwriter and lead singer for The Crickets. When Marty mentioned that he wrote for fun, Gordon asked to hear some of the songs he had written. One song entitled “Weekend Cowboy” caught Gordon’s ear, and he saw Marty’s potential.  Gordon helped Marty “commercialize” and demo the song, and then set Marty up with other co-writers in town. A co-writer led Marty to Terry Vonderheide who was writing for Kim Williams Music and Sony Tree.  That, in turn, eventually led Marty to his own five year writing deal with Kim and Sony.  While writing at Kim Williams Music, Marty, along with Williams and Danny Wells, penned his first top ten single – Rascal Flatts’ hit “While You Loved Me.” Since then Marty has had numerous cuts by such artists as Carrie Underwood, Kenny Chesney, George Strait, Emerson Drive, Julianne Hough, Bucky Covington, Joe Cocker, Johnny Reid and Darryl Worley, among many others.  Marty’s Billy Currington smash, “Must Be Doin’ Somethin’ Right,” spent two weeks at #1 on the Billboard Country Charts.  His Kenny Chesney single “Everybody Wants To Go To Heaven” entered the Country Chart at # 22 on August 5, 2008, and spent two weeks at #1 as well.  “Tell Me You Get Lonely” was a top 40 hit for new artist Frankie Ballard in 2010. “Let Me Down Easy” , became Marty’s 3rd #1 single in 2011.  Marty also has current cuts on Carrie Underwood, The Plain White T’s, Saving Jane, Joe Cocker, Dierks Bentley, Rory+Joey and Charlie Worsham. Charlie’s first single, “Could It Be” is a Marty Dodson/Ryan Tyndell/Charlie Worsham co-write.

Everybody Wants to Go to Heaven by: Kenny Chesney

Fire It Up by: Joe Cocker

Must Be Doin’ Something Right by: Billy Currington

Notable Cuts

  • “Must Be Doin’ Somethin’ Right” – Billy Currington  2 Week #1 Single – Platinum Single
  • “Everybody Wants To Go To Heaven” – Kenny Chesney  2 Week #1 Single
  • “Let Me Down Easy” – Billy Currington  #1 Single
  • “Fire It Up” – Joe Cocker and Johnny Reid  #1 Single in Canada – Johnny Reid  #1 Single in Germany – Joe Cocker
  • “Bounce” – Cho Yong Pil  #1 Single in South Korea – Asian Song of The Year 2013
  • “Songs Like This” – Carrie Underwood  Double Platinum Album
  • “Cirque Dans La Rue” and “Killer” – The Plain White T’s
  • “While You Loved Me” – Rascal Flatts  #7 Single – Double Platinum Album
  • “Could It Be” – Charlie Worsham  #12 Single – Highest Debut Single of 2013
  • “Dirt” – Dean Brody – Top Ten Single – Canada
  • “Immortal” – Saving Jane