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, Joey Moi, the Warren Brothers and Jamie Moore. Wiseman then went on to also found Big Loud Mountain, where Florida Georgia Line got its start, and Big Loud Records, home to Chris Lane, whose first single (and first single of the label) went #1.
Wiseman’s success has 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. Most recently, in 2017, Wiseman was awarded with a CMA Triple Play Award for having three #1 hits within a year time frame; these included “Anything Goes” by Florida Georgia Line and Blake Shelton’s “Gonna” and “Came Here To Forget”. Although these accomplishments 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.