Writer's Round

Listen to Country Music Artists:

  Rachel Proctor 

Rachel Proctor was born in Charleston, West Virginia and started singing at the age of six. Rachel traveled all over the country to participate in talent competitions including the hit TV show “Star Search” in 1989. She moved to Nashville at the age of eighteen to become the youngest staff writer ever signed to Warner-Chappell Music.

Rachel spent her first 7 years in Nashville honing her skills as a songwriter. During that time she enjoyed her first Top 5 country hit with Martina McBride’s “Where Would You Be.” After the success of “Where Would You Be,” Rachel got a recording contract of her own with BNA Records. In the midst of recording her first album and preparing to set off on her own artist career, Rachel toured as Blake Shelton’s background singer. In July of 2004 her album “Where I Belong” debuted at #8 on the Billboard Country Album Charts. The record produced two top twenty singles, “Days Like This” and “Me and Emily”. The latter, a song about domestic abuse, became an anthem for abused women across the world and earned praise from President Bush, Senator Kerry, and Attorney General Ashcroft. As an artist Rachel toured as an opening act for Brad Paisley, Randy Travis, Dierks Bentley, Gary Allan, and Kenny Chesney.

Rachel has been a staff writer for over 20 years. Her songs have been recorded by Blake Shelton, Gary Allan, Gloriana, Jessica Simpson, Jewel, Lauren Alaina, Jana Kramer, Martina McBride, Kenny Loggins and many others.

  Jesse Lee 

Writer of Kelsey Ballerini's # 1 song Peter Pan, Jesse Lee was raised in Los Altos, California.] Inspired by country music at an early age, she began performing in state festivals by age eleven before her family moved to Florida, eventually serving as an opening act for Ronnie Milsap, Willie Nelson and Clay Walker.[2] By age 14, she had made her first trip to Nashville, Tennessee to collaborate with hit songwriters, as well as record demos. She attended Belmont University's music business program after graduating from high school,[3] meanwhile performing at local songwriters' clubs. She co-wrote and sang the duet "Me Again" on Uncle Kracker's album Happy Hour and wrote the title track to Kristy Lee Cook's debut album Why Wait. Jesse was living in Nashville at the time but traveled back to Jacksonville, Florida, where Lee was singing at a fair and was discovered by someone who sent her music to the president of Atlantic Records, who upon hearing her demo, flew her to New York and offered her a record deal.[3] Her debut album is produced by Paul Worley, Mark Bright and Nathan Chapman, and it includes her debut single "It's a Girl Thing", which debuted at No. 59 on the U.S. country charts dated for June 6, 2009. The song was also made into a music video, which has aired on CMT.[4] "It's a Girl Thing" received a favorable review from Matt Bjorke of Roughstock, who said that the song (which she co-wrote with Victoria Banks and Rachel Proctor) had a mainstream sound but showcased Lee's vocals.[5] Karlie Justus of Engine 145 gave it a thumbs-down rating, saying that the song was cliché and stereotyped, although she also described Lee's vocal performance favorably.[6]

  Jim Collins 

As the songwriter behind some of Country Music’s biggest hits of the last decade, Jim Collins is pure and simply a hitmaker. A two time Grammy nominated songwriter who has written songs that have launched careers for new artists and created peak moments for some of Country Music’s biggest superstars. 
Jim’s current streak of singles is a great example of this consistency, quality and diversity. Jim’s  most recent hits include the multi week #1 smashes “Big Green Tractor” (Jason Aldean) “Everybody Wants To Go To Heaven” (Kenny Chesney) “ and “Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not” by (Thompson Square) which was iTunes “2011 Country Song Of The Year” and Country  Aircheck’s #1 Country Song Of The Year. Jim was also nominated for a Grammy for Best Country Song for “Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not”.  In 2015, Jim co-wrote Easton Corbin’s hit single “Baby, Be My Love Song” which peaked at #3 on the Billboard charts. 

Chart success is nothing new for Jim, a native of Nacogdoches, Texas.  Among his numerous #1 songs is the co-written smash, “The Good Stuff” which was a seven-week number one for Kenny Chesney and was named Billboard Song of the Year, ASCAP Song of the Year and Single of the Year by the Academy of Country Music.  Jim’s next number one song was courtesy of his fellow Texas native and Country Music legend, George Strait, who took “It Just Comes Natural” to the top of the charts for four weeks in 2006. That same year, Jim was nominated for a Grammy for Best Country Song with “I Don’t Feel Like Lovin’ You Today” performed by Gretchen Wilson.

Other hit singles written by Jim include “She Thinks My Tractor’s Sexy” (Kenny Chesney), “Then They Do” (Trace Adkins), “Hands of A Workin’ Man (Ty Herndon), “Love Workin’ On You” (John Michael Montgomery) and the multi-week #1 “Yes” performed by Chad Brock.  This is in addition to the top 40 singles, “That Song In My Head” (julianne Hough), “I Can Sleep When I’m Dead” (Jason Michael Carrol), “God Must Really Love Me” (Craig Morgan), “In My Next Life” (Terri Clark), “They Call It Fallin’ For A Reason” (Trisha Yearwood), “While You’re Still Young” (Montgomery Gentry), “Wanna Make You Love Me” (Andy Gibson), “Hauled Off And Kissed Me” (Steve Holy), “How It Still Oughta Be” Trent Tomlinson and “Pound Sign” by Texas artist (Kevin Fowler).

Jim has had over 150 of his songs recorded by such Country Music superstars as Carrie Underwood, Reba McIntire, Tim McGraw, Keith Urban, Alan Jackson, Brad Paisley, Dustin Lynch, Rodney Atkins,  Lee Brice, Chris Young, Little Big Town, Joe Nichols, LeAnn Rimes, Ashley Monroe, Darryl Worley, Kenny Rogers, Lonestar, Dwight Yoakum, Don Williams, Ronnie Milsap, Chuck Wicks and many others.

  Chuck Jones 

CHUCK JONES Chuck Jones’ compositions embody the spirit and soul of his hometown, Memphis, TN. He has had songs recorded by artists as diverse as Patti Labelle, Ronnie Milsap, Shelby Lynne, Chris Ledoux, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Charlie Daniels, Deana Carter, Reba McEntire and Peter Cetera. John Berry’s version of “Your Love Amazes Me” hit the #1 spot and also won Song Of The Year from the Country Radio Music Awards and the Music City News Country Songwriter Awards. Chuck has also had #1’s with Diamond Rio’s “Love A Little Stronger” and Billy Dean’s “It’s What I Do”. He has had over 140 songs recorded, multiple top ten singles, and various other charting singles on country and pop radio during his tenure in Nashville. He recently started his own publishing company, Jonesin’ For A Hit LLC, which has garnered recordings on a variety of artists ranging from Montgomery Gentry and Trace Adkins to Rascal Flatts, Jake Owen, and Randy Houser. He resides in Nashville with his wife, Becky Pommer Jones and their daughter, Savannah Grace.