Friday, January 1, 2021

Write You A Song Podcast - Interviewing Singer/Songwriter/Author Aimee Mayo

This morning we share another new podcast from host Tom Mailey from Bonneville radio station New Country 105.1 KNCI in Sacramento. Tom is a country radio veteran with over 30 years of experience in Seattle and Sacramento and a key partner in our Golf & Guitars Children's Charity Music Festival, a little event in our twelfth year that has raised well north of a million bucks for kids and individuals with disabilities. It highlights the songwriters in our industry and is entitled Write You a Song. 

It's his hope that this podcast will shine a little overdue spotlight on the talented men and women who, mostly behind the scenes, write the songs that become part of our lives. You know their words and music, but maybe not their names: Write You a Song will feature some of country music’s biggest songwriters--like Jeffrey Steele, Brett Warren, Ashley McBryde, Tim Nichols and more.

If Aimee Mayo had never become a successful Nashville songwriter, her story would still be worth telling. 

Growing up in a dysfunctional family in Gadsden, Alabama, Aimee dreamed of a life beyond constant personal chaos and somehow, against all odds, she achieved it. Her book recounting that journey, "Talking To The Sky: A memoir about living your best life in a sh*t show" is available now and is an engrossing study in human resilience. It's also really, really well-written. That Aimee is here at all is a testament to her spirit, her talent, and her unwavering faith in a better life than the one she lived growing up.

A successful songwriter of hits for artists like Blake Shelton (Every Time I Hear That Song), Tim McGraw (You're My Best Friend), Kenny Chesney (Who You'd Be Today), Martina McBride (This One's For The Girls), Kelli Pickler (Red High Heels), she is probably best known for co-writing the multi-genre smash, "Amazed" for Lonestar along with now-husband Chris Lindsay and Marv Green. That year Aimee ALSO won the BMI country songwriter of the year award – becoming one of only a handful of female writers to win both- putting her in the company of ladies like Dolly, Loretta and Taylor. Not bad for someone who doesn’t play an instrument and who, for a long time, could only dream of a different life far away from the life she knew growing up.

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