Lecturer in Music
Odie Blackmon is a Grammy-nominated songwriter for the 2005 Country Music Association Single of the Year “I May Hate Myself In The Morning,” recorded by Lee Ann Womack. He co-wrote George Strait’s 50th No. 1 hit “She’ll Leave You With A Smile" and Gary Allan’s No. 1 hit “Nothing On But The Radio.”
In addition to those hit singles, Blackmon has 16 other cuts with with Gary Allan, and other songs recorded by Martina McBride, American Idol’s Elliot Yamin, Bluegrass legend Dale McCoury, Tracy Lawrence, Andy Griggs, Aarron Tippin, Jim Lauderdale, and a placement on the movie soundtrack to Mel Gibson’s We Were Soldiers. Blackmon was named Billboard Magazine’s No. 1 Hot Country Songwriter for 2005. He has been the recipient of three ASCAP performance awards and three NSAI achievement awards.
Blackmon has released a songwriting instructional DVD titled The Craft Of Writing Hit Songs. Currently he is co-producing Sony Music Publishing artist Jeff Allen with guitarist Kenny Greenberg. He also co-produced Jim Lauderdale’s Country Super Hits album.
Blackmon has worked with inner city schoolchildren, serving as “artist in residence” for the America Scores program in St. Louis, Mo. He served three years on the songwriting faculty of Vanderbilt Kennedy Center’s William’s Syndrome Camp, and is a Leadership Music alumnus. He earned his Bachelor of Arts In Mass Communication from Middle Tennessee State University with a focus on Recording Industry Management.
When he’s not writing songs, teaching, or producing, Odie enjoys “Square Foot Gardening,” beekeeping, and spending time with his family.