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Pops welcome Nashville songwriters

The names Brett James, Hillary Lindsey, Gordie Sampson, and Troy Verges may not immediately jump out to country music fans. But if they have enjoyed songs by Kenny Chesney, Carrie Underwood, Taylor Swift, Hunter Hayes, Lady Antebellum, and many other current acts, they’re more familiar with the four Nashville-based songwriters than they realize.

Separately, together, and in combination with other songwriters, James, Lindsey, Sampson, and Verges have penned dozens of award-winning hit songs, from Chesney’s “When the Sun Goes Down” to Underwood’s “Jesus, Take the Wheel” to Hayes’s “Wanted.” Over the last few years, the quartet, who are all performers as well, have banded together, dubbed themselves the “Music City Hit-Makers” and done spot dates with orchestras all over the country.

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