Luke Laird

Luke Laird



Luke Robert Laird (born c. 1978 in Hartstown, Pennsylvania)[1] is an American country music songwriter and producer. His #1 Billboard singles include Carrie Underwood’s "So Small", "Last Name", "Temporary Home", and "Undo It", Blake Shelton’s "Hillbilly Bone" featuring Trace Adkins, Sara Evans’s "A Little Bit Stronger", Rodney Atkins’s "Take a Back Road", Eric Church’s "Drink in My Hand", Little Big Town's "Pontoon",[2] Hunter Hayes' "Somebody's Heartbreak",[3] Chris Young’s "You".,[4] Eric Church's "Talladega, Luke Bryan's "I See You," and Jon Pardi's "Head Over Boots."[5] He has also written and produced songs for Tim McGraw, Rascal Flatts, Kacey Musgraves, Toby Keith, Ne-Yo, John Legend, Jason Aldean, Miranda Lambert, Darius Rucker, and many others.[6]

After graduating from Grove City Area High School, Laird moved to Tennessee in 1997 and attended Middle Tennessee State University. In December 2001 he graduated from MTSU with a degree in Recording Industry Management,[4] then became an assistant tour manager for Brooks & Dunn while seeking a contract as a songwriter.[7] In 2002 he signed a publishing deal with Bertelsmann Music Group Publishing and landed his first cut on Lee Ann Womack's There's More Where That Came From album with a song titled "Painless" co-written with Bill Luther and Hillary Lindsey.[8]

He was named BMI's Country Songwriter of the Year in 2012, having co-written five songs that appeared on the year's most played list.[9] Additionally, his song with Rodney Atkins, "Take a Back Road" was named Song of the Year.[10] Both in 2012 and 2013, he was nominated for Songwriter of the Year at the Academy of Country Music Awards[11][12] In 2014, Laird received a Grammy Award for his work as a producer on Kacey Musgraves album Same Trailer Different Park, which was named Best Country Album[13]



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