Mentoring Session: Jerry Salley


55 Minute Session

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Referred to by Billboard Magazine as “One of Music Row’s greatest veteran tunesmiths,”
Jerry Salley has had an incredibly successful songwriting career. The 2003 SESAC Country
Music Songwriter of the Year, Jerry has had over 500 songs recorded and to date Jerry’s
songs have sold in excess of 18 million records worldwide. Internationally, he has penned
no less than nine (9) #1 Country hits in Australia. Writing and singing in Nashville since
1982, he has written multiple hits in Country, Bluegrass and Gospel music and may well be
the most successful songwriter to have earned equal recognition from all three genres of

Jerry’s country music successes began in the late 1980’s and since then, he has had songs
recorded by Reba McEntire (“I’m Gonna Take That Mountain”, “Close To Crazy”), John Anderson
(“I Fell In The Water”), Chris Stapleton (“Outlaw State Of Mind” on the Grammy award winning Traveller album),
Wade Hayes, Sara Evans, Brad Paisley, Loretta Lynn, The Oak Ridge Boys, Patty Loveless,
Joe Nichols, Darryl Worley, Travis Tritt, Tracy Lawrence, Neal McCoy, Mark Chesnutt
and many others. He was honored to have written Sir Elton John’s only chart single
to appear on the Billboard Country Chart (“Where We Both Say Goodbye” – duet with
Australian artist Catherine Britt).

In the bluegrass genre, Jerry was named the 2018 IBMA Songwriter of the Year and has had
hundreds of songs recorded; which includes numerous chart toppers. He was thrilled to
have co-written three songs on The SteelDrivers Grammy award winning album, The
Muscle Shoals Records and the Del McCoury Band Grammy winning album The Streets Of
Baltimore. Other bluegrass groups who have recorded Jerry’s songs include The Osborne
Brothers, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, Rhonda Vincent, Lonesome River Band, Balsam
Range, Seldom Scene, Flatt Lonesome, IIIrd Tyme Out, Larry Stevenson, Donna Ulisse, Irene
Kelley, and many others. Salley is a multiple IBMA Song Of The Year nominee and his song,
“All Dressed Up” recorded by Joe Mullin and The Radio Ramblers won the IBMA Gospel
Recorded Song Of The Year award in 2016.

In 1990 Jerry was awarded a prestigious Dove award for the Inspirational Song of the Year
"His Strength Is Perfect”, recorded by and co-written with Steven Curtis Chapman. “His
Strength Is Perfect” has been recorded over 200 times and was included in the Baptist
Hymnal in 2009. Jerry has written eight #1 Gospel hits, several #2 Gospel hits and is a
seven-time Dove Award nominee in the Country, Bluegrass and Southern Gospel categories.
Gospel groups that have recorded Jerry’s songs include Steven Curtis Chapman, CeCe
Winans, Tribute Quartet, Karen Peck & New River, The Talleys, The McKameys, Lordsong,
Ernie Haase & Signature Sound, and many more.

Although Salley’s career has been, and continues to be, focused on songwriting, he is in high
demand as a producer. He is also the Director of Artist Repertoire and Creative Director of
Billy Blue Records and Billy Jam Records. For more information on Jerry, please visit his

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Mentoring Session: Jerry Salley

Thursday 10:00 AM, Thursday 11:00 AM, Thursday 12:00 PM