Picture perfect memories,
Scattered all around the floor.
If there's one thing that can reach our hearts and minds, it's music. A simple lyric or a catchy melody can transport us to a moment forever frozen in time. Music makes us dance, even if we're not dancers, and sing, even if we can't carry a tune. It gives us the ability to express ourselves and to say the words we don't know how to say.
A great song inspires us, but rarely do we get a glimpse of the inspiration behind the music -- the songwriters.
The above lyrics are the intro to the song, "Need You Now," recorded by Lady Antebellum, co-written by Hillary Scott, Dave Haywood and Charles Kelley of Lady Antebellum and Nashville Grammy Award-winning songwriter, Josh Kear, joint recipients of the 2011 Grammy for Best Country Song of the Year and for Song of the Year (in all genres)!
Kear won his first Grammy in 2007 for co-writing Carrie Underwood's No. 1 song, "Before He Cheats." He's also written hits for Garth Brooks, Tim McGraw, Jimmy Buffett, Hank Williams, Jr., Martina McBride, Gloriana, Kellie Pickler, Gary Allen and Gweneth Paltrow, to name just a few.
"Need You Now" debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, with nearly 500,000 copies sold in the first week! It has been certified four times platinum by the R.I.A.A. and is one of the most downloaded songs in history. Kear, along with Scott, Haywood and Kelley are also in elite company. They join the songwriters of Willie Nelson's hit, "Always On My Mind," as the only songwriters to ever receive the Grammy for the Country Song of the Year and for the overall Song of the Year in the same year.
Josh Kear's music inspires us, so we asked him to share his inspiration for living life. We're honored to share it with you here.
According to Kear:
- There's no such thing as an overnight success. It's a matter of dedication, hard work, the right timing and meeting the right people. Keep the vision strong and continue moving towards your dream.
Just like powerful lyrics and a beautiful melody make a great song, this inspiration sounds like the perfect blend for creating a successful, inspired life.
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