Ashley Gorley is one of the most prolific songwriters in Nashville.The talented tunesmith has penned songs for some of country music's biggest stars, from Carrie Underwood to Luke Bryan. Even if you don't know it, you've likely heard one of Gorley's songs.
A native of Danville, Ky., Gorley moved to Nashville in the early 2000s and, in the nearly two decades since, has had more than 300 of his songs cut by a variety of artists. Although his songs stay largely in the country music genre, Gorley has also earned cuts by Bon Jovi, Nickelodeon-formed boy band Big Time Rush and pop-rockers Parachute.
These days, in addition to writing songs, Gorley also produces and runs Tape Room Music, a successful music publishing company. Read on to hear his 10 best hits.
In 2012, Kramer released this Gorley / Catt Gravitt / Chris DeStefano co-write as the lead single from her self-titled debut album. The song became a Top 5 hit for Kramer, landing at No. 3 on both the Hot Country Songs and Country Airplay charts.
in 2013, Currington earned his seventh No. 1 hit with "Hey Girl." The song was the debut single from We Are Tonight, his fifth studio album. Gorley co-wrote it with Chris DeStefano and Rhett Akins.
Pearce's "Hide the Wine" is remarkably representative of a certain side of her personality: The bluegrass-flavored twang speak to her roots as a performer at Dollywood, and the fun, uptempo ode to flirtation and having a bit too much to drink reflects a different side of Pearce than fans got to see on her breakout single, the heartbreak ballad "Every Little Thing." Gorley co-wrote this track with Hillary Lindsey and Luke Laird.
"Life Changes" is poppy, with a pounding, piano-driven melody. The lyrics pull directly from Rhett's life: The first verse is about being in college and never expecting to actually make a career out of playing music; the second verse is about getting married to his wife Lauren at 22 and how she's become a celebrity herself; and the third verse talks about adopting their daughter Willa Gray while waiting on the birth of daughter Ada James. Gorley is a co-writer of this song with Rhett and his father, Rhett Akins, as well as Jesse Frasure.
"Black" is the title track of and third single from Bentley's eighth studio album, released in 2016. The song, written by Bentley and Gorley along with Ross Copperman, was inspired by Bentley's wife of more than a decade, Cassidy Black, who also appears in the song's music video.
"Don't Ya" is a 2013 single from Eldredge's album Bring You Back; the song earned the artist the first of four consecutive No. 1s on the Billboard Country Airplay chart. Gorley penned "Don't Ya" with Eldredge and Chris DeStefano.
In November of 2009, Paisley made "American Saturday Night" the third single from his sixth studio album, also named American Saturday Night. The song -- co-written by Paisley, Gorley and Kelley Lovelace -- peaked at No. 2 on the Hot Country Songs chart.
Underwood released "All-American Girl" in 2007, as the second single from her second studio album, Carnival Ride. The song became her seventh career Billboard Hot 100 Top 40 single and hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart -- her sixth consecutive country No. 1 single. The Grammy-nominated song, written by Underwood, Gorley and Kelley Lovelace, has been certified platinum as well.
Bryan released "That's My King Of Night" in 2013, as a single from his album Crash My Party. Gorley wrote the track along with Dallas Davidson and Chris DeStefano, and the three earned a smash thanks to Bryan's party-ready delivery.