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April 4-6, 2025

Word of South

Jerry Salley

Referred to by Billboard Magazine as “One of Music Row’s greatest veteran tunesmiths,” Jerry Salley has had an incredibly successful, multi-award winning songwriting career.  Nominated in 2019 for the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame & for a Grammy for producing the multi-artist project GonnaSing, Gonna’ Shout, Salley is the 2019 & 2018 IBMA (International Bluegrass Music Association) Songwriter of the Year and was named the 2003 SESAC Country Music Songwriter of the Year.  Salley has had over 500 different songs recorded and his songs have sold in excess of 18 million records worldwide. He is an eight-time Dove Award nominee, having won a prestigious Dove in 2021 (with Dolly Parton) and in 1990 (with Steven Curtis Chapman). Jerry has received numerous awards and nominations from different associations for his songwriting accomplishments (GRAMMY, IBMA, NSAI, SESAC, Country Music Association of Australia, Gospel Voice Magazine, Absolutely Gospel, etc.). 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 music. 

As an artist, Jerry has released 7 solo albums and has performed on numerous stages, including the honor of performing as a soloist many times on the world famous Grand Ole Opry.