Kye Fleming to Be Inducted Into the NSAI Songwriters Hall of Fame
NASHVILLE, Tenn., Sept. 28 /PRNewswire/ — Kye Fleming, one of country music’s premiere and most awarded songwriters, will be inducted into the NSAI Songwriters Hall of Fame on Sunday, October 18, 2009, as announced by the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame Foundation (NaSHOF).
“Kye Fleming is a rarity, a bridge between traditional and modern country music and a creative force who helped expand Nashville’s reach,” stated Del Bryant, BMI President and CEO. “Her songs helped redefine and revitalize a genre. A two-time BMI Pop Songwriter of the Year and three-time BMI Country Songwriter of the Year with 38 BMI Awards across multiple genres, 15 of her songs have generated more than 1 million performances each. As a modern-day pioneer, she shattered glass ceilings for women and for all songwriters who refused to be stuffed into a category, and we at BMI couldn’t be prouder of her accomplishments.”
Every decade has its musical pioneers, those who have helped shape the sounds and trends of the time. Fleming can be credited with helping define the pop-country sound of the 1980s with hits like “Smoky Mountain Rain,” “I Wouldn’t Have Missed It For the World,” “Sleeping Single in a Double Bed,” “I Was Country When Country Wasn’t Cool,” “Nobody,” “Kansas City Lights” and “Give Me Wings.”
“This award has drawn my attention to 30 years of a life I have loved,” said Fleming. “I deeply appreciate everyone who has co-created it with me.”
Artists like Barbara Mandrell, Ronnie Milsap, Tina Turner, Bette Midler, Willie Nelson, The Judds, Sylvia, Vince Gill, Joe Cocker, Charley Pride, Amy Grant and countless others have recorded Fleming’s songs. The ties with those artists through collaboration have endured the test of time and continue to thrive.
When Mandrell was recently inducted in the Country Music Hall of Fame she noted, “there would not be a Barbara Mandrell if it were not for Kye Fleming.” Her colleague and friend, Ronnie Milsap, mirrored that sentiment saying, “Kye is a very talented songwriter. She wrote songs for me that turned out to be some of the biggest records of my career. I’m very fortunate that Kye came into my life.”
Throughout her career, Fleming has been awarded 38 BMI awards; BMI songwriter of the year in 1981, 1982 and 1983; NSAI songwriter of the year in 1981 and 1982; CMA Triple Play award; as well as multiple CMA, ACM, DOVE and GRAMMY nominations for various songs.
As a publisher, Fleming has mentored and developed young songwriters. She has helped many of them realize their own dreams with a number of ASCAP and BMI awarded songs, including Michael Dulaney’s ASCAP song of the year, “The Way You Love Me,” by Faith Hill.
Currently, Fleming’s passion lies in her decision to develop and manage Edens Edge, a young trio from her home state of Arkansas, who will be playing a medley of her songs at the Hall of Fame induction ceremony.
A major stake in the Kye Fleming Song Catalog was recently purchased by Hearts Bluff Music. This historic catalog, currently published with Universal Music Group, represents Fleming’s award-winning and top-earning songs. “We are grateful to Kye for entrusting us with this historic body of work. The catalog is a testament to the longevity and vitality of such a talented writer,” said Scott Parker, Sr. Vice President of Acquisitions, Hearts Bluff Music. “Kye has set the bar, and broken ground for an entire generation of songwriters, while stretching the bound of opportunity for Country, Pope and Christian Music formats. The convergent timing of our catalog purchase, and her induction into the Hall of Fame is further testament to the magic that surrounds her.” The Kye Fleming song catalog was brokered by Paula Hornick of Paula Kay Artist Management.
For more information, please visit www.kyefleming.com.
SOURCE Hearts Bluff Music