Craig Wiseman
Craig Wiseman

Craig Wiseman is one of country music’s most renowned, talented and distinguished writers. From his early days of writing and drumming in Hattiesburg, Mississippi to being crowned Songwriter of the Century by ASCAP, he has indeed created for himself a monumental platform in the history of country music. As the writer of songs including Brooks and Dunn’s “Believe” to Blake Shelton’s “Boys ‘Round Here”, Wiseman has amassed over 300 cuts, 100 singles, and 26 #1’s.

After moving to Nashville in 1985 to pursue a career in songwriting, he received his first chart success after having co-written “The Only One” from Roy Orbison’s album, Mystery Girl. In 1990, Wiseman signed his first publishing deal with Almo/Irving Music, and ten years later, he signed with BMG Music Publishing. In 2003, Wiseman opened his own publishing company, and within the first year of the independent company’s operation, Wiseman experienced the first single of the catalog; “Live Like You Were Dying” by Tim McGraw not only peaked at the top of the charts for ten weeks, but it also was named NSAI Song of the Year, CMA Song of the Year, ACM Song of the Year and won the Grammy Award for Best Country Song. Big Loud Shirt Publishing is now home to several of Nashville’s top country songwriters including Rodney Clawson, Chris Tompkins, Sarah Buxton, Matt Dragstrem, and the Warren Brothers.

Wiseman’s success continued to escalate at exponential levels. Not only was he proclaimed ASCAP’s “Songwriter of the Year” in 2003, 2005, and 2007 and “Writer of the Year” by NSAI and Music Row in 1997, but he was impressively named NSAI’s “Songwriter of the Decade” in 2009 and won the 2014 Heritage Award from ASCAP as the most performed country songwriter of the century. Although these accomplishment are nothing less than extraordinary, Wiseman’s talents and endeavors do not only pertain to the field of songwriting.

As a complement to Tim McGraw’s “Live Like You Were Dying”, Wiseman co-wrote a book by the same title, which topped the New York Times Best Seller list in 2004, as well as a follow-up journal, which proceeded to influence a worship campaign in American churches. Additionally, he co-wrote the book A Baby Changes Everything in 2008, in conjunction with the #1 Faith Hill single of the same title. The following year, Wiseman starred in a reality TV show, The Hitmen of Music Row, which aired on GAC.

For the past 12 years, Wiseman has hosted The Stars of Second Harvest Show at the Ryman, showing his philanthropic heart and giving all proceeds to the Second Harvest Food Bank Of Middle Tennessee. To date, this concert event has raised $1,000,000 for the food bank. After years of success, accomplishments and hard work, Wiseman was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in October 2015.



Luke Bryan

"Farm Tour...Here's To The Farmer-EP"
Dig Your Roots

Florida Georgia Line

"Dig Your Roots"
If I'm Honest

Blake Shelton

"If I'm Honest"
El Rio

Frankie Ballard

"El Rio"
Fired Up

Randy Houser

"Fired Up"

Brothers Osborne

"Pawn Shop"

Haley Georgia

"Pretty Girls Mixtape - EP"
Tour Bootleg

Michael Ray

"Tour Bootleg"

Florida Georgia Line

"Anything Goes"
Bringing Back the Sunshine

Blake Shelton

"Bringing Back the Sunshine"

Kenny Chesney

"The Big Revival"
Startin' Over


"Startin’ Over"

Joel Crouse

"Even the River Runs"

Ronnie Dunn

"Peace Love and Country Music"
10,000 Towns

Eli Young Band

"10,000 Towns"
Days of Gold

Jake Owen

"Days of Gold"
Started With A Song

Brett Kissel

"Started With a Song"
Based On A True Story...

Blake Shelton

"Based On A True Story..."
Spring Break... Here To Party

Luke Bryan

"Spring Break... Here to Party"

Florida Georgia Line

"Here's To The Good Times"
Night Train

Jason Aldean

"Night Train"
Transit of Venus

Three Days Grace

"Transit of Venus"

Jake Owen

"Endless Summer EP"
Hillbilly Jedi

Big & Rich

"Hillbilly Jedi"
Little Victories

Chris Knight

"Little Victories"

Colt Ford

"Declaration of Independence"

Kenny Chesney

"Welcome to the Fishbowl"

Dallas Smith

"Jumped Right In"

Craig Morgan

"This Ole Boy"
Here and Now


"Here and Now"
Clear As Day

Scotty McCreery

"Clear As Day"
Barefoot Blue Jean Night

Jake Owen

"Barefoot Blue Jean Night"
Proud To Be Here

Trace Adkins

"Proud to be Here "
Red River Blue

Blake Shelton

"Red River Blue"
Ronnie Dunn

Ronnie Dunn

"Ronnie Dunn"

Frankie Ballard

"Frankie Ballard"
Every Chance I Get

Colt Ford

"Every Chance I Get"

Josh Kelley

"Georgia Clay"

Jennifer Hudson

"I Remember Me"


All About Tonight

Blake Shelton

"All About Tonight"


Hillbilly Bone

Blake Shelton

"Hillbilly Bone"
Need You Now

Lady Antebellum

"Need You Now"
Traveling Circus

Phil Vassar

"Traveling Circus"

Diamond Rio

"The Reason"
The Man I Want To Be

Chris Young

"The Man I Want To Be"
Battling Giants

Ben’s Brother

"Battling Giants"

Kenny Chesney

"Greatest Hits II"
Joy to the World

Faith Hill

"Joy to the World"
Julianne Hough

Julianne Hough

"Julianne Hough"
Prayer of a Common Man

Phil Vassar

"Prayer of a Common Man"

Dolly Parton

"Backwoods Barbie"
Big Dog Daddy

Toby Keith

"Big Dog Daddy"
Let It Go

Tim McGraw

"Let It Go"

Pat Green

The Road and the Radio

Kenny Chesney

"The Road and the Radio"
Hillbilly Deluxe

Brooks & Dunn

"Hillbilly Deluxe"
Get Right With the Man

Van Zant

"Get Right With the Man"
This Woman

LeAnn Rimes

"This Woman"
Greatest Hits Collection II

Brooks & Dunn

"Greatest Hits Collection II"
Shaken Not Stirred

Phil Vassar

"Shaken Not Stirred"
Live Like You Were Dying

Tim McGraw

"Live Like You Were Dying"
When The Sun Goes Down

Kenny Chesney

"When the Sun Goes Down"
Comin' On Strong

Trace Adkins

"Comin' On Strong"
And The Crowd Goes Wild

Mark Wills

"And The Crowd Goes Wild"

Faith Hill

My Town

Montgomery Gentry

"My Town"
American Child

Phil Vassar

"American Child"
No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems

Kenny Chesney

"No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems"
Who I Am

Beverley Night

"Who I Am"
Set This Circus Down

Tim McGraw

"Set This Circus Down"
Phil Vassar

Phil Vassar

"Phil Vassar"
Lonely Grill


"Lonely Grill"
I Will Stand

Kenny Chesney

"I Will Stand"

Tim McGraw


Diamond Rio

It Matters to Me

Faith Hill

"It Matters to Me"
We All Get Lucky Sometimes

Lee Roy Parnell

"We All Get Lucky Sometimes"
Love A Little Stronger

Diamond Rio

"Love a Little Stronger"

Tracy Lawrence