11 Country Stars Who Don’t Write Their Own Songs + 1 You’ll Be Shocked to Learn Does!
Those who think a country singer needs to write their own songs to be taken seriously have never visited the Country Music Hall of Fame.
This list of 11 country stars who didn't (or don't) write their own songs (and one you'll be shocked to learn does) includes four Hall of Famers and two more who are real close to being inducted.
So, go ahead — you be the one to tell Reba McEntire her catalog is weak because she wrote so little of it.
This age-old conversation flared up again in late July 2023, when Jason Isbell and Jake Owen went back and forth on Twitter. Isbell was being critical of Jason Aldean's "Try That in a Small Town" and challenged Aldean to write a song about his life.
Owen — whose songwriting career is fascinating, to say the least — fired back. "The 'write your own songs' dagger cuts me deep because I think that is the wrong way to encourage artists trying to make it," he'd share during a lengthy thread.
In 2023, it's difficult to find modern artists who don't also write, but that doesn't mean the argument has been decided. The economics of being a new country artist almost demand you write your own songs, too. If you want to eat in Nashville, you either need to be a world class entertainer or you need to be able to build a world class chorus.