born in 1978 in Hartstown, Pennsylvania, United States
Luke Robert Laird (born c. 1978 in Hartstown, Pennsylvania) is a Grammy award-winning American music Songwriter and Producer. His fourteen #1 Billboard singles include Carrie Underwoods So Small, Last Name", Temporary Home, and Undo It, Blake Sheltons Hillbilly Bone featuring Trace Adkins, Sara Evanss A Little Bit Stronger, Rodney Atkinss Take a Back Road, Eric Churchs Drink in My Hand, Little Big Town's "Pontoon", Hunter Hayes' "Somebody's Heartbreak"  and Chris Youngs You. He has also written and produced songs for Tim McGraw, Rascal Flatts, Kacey Musgraves, Toby Keith, Ne-Yo, Luke Bryan, John Legend, Jason Aldean, Miranda Lambert, Darius Rucker, and many others.
After graduating from Grove City Area High School, Laird moved to Tennessee in 1997 and attended Middle Tennessee State University. In December 2001 he graduated from MTSU with a degree in Recording Industry Management, then became an assistant tour manager for Brooks & Dunn while seeking a contract as a songwriter. In 2002 he signed a publishing deal with Bertelsmann Music Group Publishing and landed his first cut on Lee Ann Womack's There's More Where That Came From album with a song titled "Painless" co-written with Bill Luther and Hillary Lindsey.
He was named BMI's Country Songwriter of the Year in 2012, having co-written five songs that appeared on the year's most played list. Additionally, his song with Rodney Atkins, "Take a Back Road" was named Song of the Year. Both in 2012 and 2013, he was nominated for Songwriter of the Year at the Academy of Country Music Awards In 2014, Laird received a Grammy Award for his work as a producer on Kacey Musgraves album Same Trailer Different Park, which was named Best Country Album
In 2011, Laird and his wife Beth Mason Laird founded Creative Nation, a music publishing and management company that is home to Country Music songwriters and producers, including Laird, Barry Dean, Native Run, and Maggie Chapman. The company has partnerships with Universal Music Publishing Group and Pulse Recording. Creative Nation is based in Nashville, Tennessee.
Awards and nominations
- 2014 Winner: Best Country Album (producer) - "Same Trailer Different Park" by Kacey Musgraves
Country Music Association Awards
- 2013 Nominee: Song of the Year (writer) - "Pontoon" by Little Big Town
- 2013 Nominee: Album of the Year (producer) - Same Trailer Different Park by Kacey Musgraves
- 2013 Nominee: Single of the Year (producer) - "Merry Go 'Round by Kacey Musgraves
Academy of Country Music Awards
- 2013 Nominee: Songwriter of the Year
- 2012 Nominee: Songwriter of the Year
American Country Awards
- 2013 Nominee: Song of the Year (writer) - "Pontoon" by Little Big Town
BMI Country Music Awards
- 2012 Winner: Songwriter of the Year
- 2012 Winner: Song of the Year (writer) - "Take a Back Road" by Rodney Atkins
|2005||Lee Ann Womack||There's More Where That Came From||"Painless"||Hillary Lindsey, Bill Luther|
|2007||Carrie Underwood||Carnival Ride||"So Small"||Carrie Underwood, Hillary Lindsey|
|"Last Name"||Carrie Underwood, Hillary Lindsey|
|"Twisted"||Brett James, Hillary Lindsey|
|Tim McGraw||Let It Go||"Put Your Lovin' On Me"||Hillary Lindsey|
|Rascal Flatts||Still Feels Good||"Help Me Remember"||Hillary Lindsey, Edward Hill|
|2008||Phil Stacey||Phil Stacey||"Find You"||busbee|
|Crystal Shawanda||Dawn of a New Day||"Try"||Hillary Lindsey, Edward Hill|
|Jessica Simpson||Do You Know||"You're My Sunday"||Jessica Simpson, Hillary Lindsey|
|"Sipping On History"||Jessica Simpson, Hillary Lindsey|
|2009||Emerson Drive||Believe||"That Kind of Beautiful"||Hillary Lindsey, Gordie Sampson|
|"Your Last"||Lisa Carver|
|Mitchel Musso||Mitchel Musso||"Get Out"||Lindy Robbins, Matthew Wilder|
|Holly Williams||Here with Me||"Keep the Change"||Hillary Lindsey|
|Carrie Underwood||Play On||"Mama's Song"||Carrie Underwood, Kara DioGuardi, Marti Frederiksen|
|"Undo It"||Carrie Underwood, Kara DioGuardi, Marti Frederiksen|
|"Temporary Home"||Carrie Underwood, Zac Maloy|
|"Play On"||Carrie Underwood, Natalie Hemby|
|2010||Katharine McPhee||Unbroken||"Last Letter"||Katharine McPhee, Barry Dean|
|"Anybody's Heart"||Katharine McPhee, Barry Dean|
|Sarah Buxton||Sarah Buxton||"Big Blue Sky"||Jedd Hughes|
|Blake Shelton||Hillbilly Bone||"Hillbilly Bone" (featuring Trace Adkins)||Craig Wiseman|
|Amy Grant||Somewhere Down the Road||"Overnight"||Amy Grant, Natalie Hemby, Audrey Spillman|
|Laura Bell Bundy||Achin' and Shakin'||"Boyfriend?"||Laura Bell Bundy, Barry Dean|
|"Everybody"||Laura Bell Bundy, Mike Shimshack|
|Clay Walker||She Won't Be Lonely Long||"People In Planes"||Barry Dean|
|Trace Adkins||Cowboy's Back In Town||"Don't Mind If I Don't"||Ashley Gorley|
|Little Big Town||The Reason Why||"Shut Up Train"||Hillary Lindsey, Chris Tompkins|
|Charlotte Church||Back to Scratch||"Unravelling"||Charlotte Church, Barry Dean|
|"Suitcase"||Charlotte Church, Barry Dean|
|"The Story of Us"||Charlotte Church, Barry Dean|
|2011||Francesca Battistelli||Hundred More Years||"So Long"||Francesca Battistelli|
|Sara Evans||Stronger||"A Little Bit Stronger"||Hillary Lindsey, Hillary Scott|
|"Life Without Losing"||Sara Evans, Barry Dean, Andrew Dorff|
|Chris Young||Neon||"You"||Chris Young|
|Jason Michael Carroll||Numbers||"Hell or Hallelujah"||Jason Michael Carroll, Jeremy Spillman|
|Steven Moakler||Watching Time Run||"Best Thing"||Steven Moakler|
|Eric Church||Chief||"Drink in My Hand"||Eric Church, Michael P. Heeney|
|"Hungover & Hard Up"||Eric Church|
|"Over When It's Over"||Eric Church|
|Rodney Atkins||Take a Back Road||"Take a Back Road"||Rhett Akins|
|Lauren Alaina||Wildflower||"Funny Thing About Love"||Lauren Alaina, Brett James|
|Hunter Hayes||Hunter Hayes||"Somebody's Heartbreak"||Hunter Hayes, Andrew Dorff|
|Miranda Lambert||Four the Record||"Fine Tune"||Natalie Hemby|
|"Baggage Claim"||Miranda Lambert, Natalie Hemby|
|2012||Jason Aldean||Night Train||"1994"||Thomas Rhett, Barry Dean|
|Neal McCoy||XII||"A-OK"||Barry Dean, Brett Eldredge|
|Tim McGraw||Emotional Traffic||"Halo"||Jedd Hughes|
|Lee Brice||Hard 2 Love||"Parking Lot Party"||Lee Brice, Thomas Rhett. Rhett Akins|
|Carrie Underwood||Blown Away||"Nobody Ever Told You"||Carrie Underwood, Hillary Lindsey|
|"Thank God for Hometowns"||Ashley Gorley, Hillary Lindsey|
|"One Way Ticket"||Carrie Underwood, Josh Kear|
|Jennette McCurdy||Jennette McCurdy||"Put Your Arms Around Someone"||Jennette McCurdy, Jessi Alexander|
|"Have To Say Goodbye"||Jennette McCurdy, Jessi Alexander|
|Luke Bryan||Spring BreakHere to Party||"Little Bit Later On"||Luke Bryan, Ashley Gorley|
|Jay Sean, Jewel, Owl City||Child Hunger Ends Here (ConAgra Foods)||"Here's Hope"||Hunter Hayes, Barry Dean|
|Little Big Town||Tornado||"Pontoon"||Barry Dean, Natalie Hemby|
|"On Fire Tonight"||Little Big Town|
|Boys Like Girls||Crazy World||"Life of the Party"||Martin Johnson|
|2013||Jake Owen||Days of Gold||"Tall Glass of Something"||Barry Dean, Jaren Johnston|
|Toby Keith||Drinks After Work||"Drinks After Work"||Natalie Hemby, Barry Dean|
|Sheryl Crow||Feels Like Home||"We Oughta Be Drinkin"||Sheryl Crow, Chris DuBois|
|"Homecoming Queen"||Brandy Clark, Shane McAnally|
|Thomas Rhett||It Goes Like This||"Call Me Up"||Rhett Akins, Shane McAnally|
|Luke Bryan||Crash My Party||"I See You"||Luke Bryan, Ashley Gorley|
|"Your Mama Should've Named You Whiskey"||Thomas Rhett, Jeremy Spillman|
|Darius Rucker||True Believers||"Radio"||Darius Rucker, Ashley Gorley|
|Brett Eldredge||Bring You Back||"On and On"||Brett Eldredge, Shane McAnally|
|"Gotta Get There"||Brett Eldredge, Barry Dean|
|Kacey Musgraves||Same Trailer Different Park||"Blowin' Smoke"||Kacey Musgraves, Shane McAnally|
|"I Miss You"||Kacey Musgraves, Josh Osbourne|
|"Back On The Map"||Kacey Musgraves|
|"Keep It to Yourself"||Kacey Musgraves, Shane McAnally|
|"It Is What It Is"||Kacey Musgraves, Brandy Clark|
|"Step Off"||Kacey Musgraves, Shane McAnally|
|Thompson Square||Just Feels Good||"Testing The Water"||Shane McAnally, Hillary Lindsey|
|Joel Crouse||TBD||"If You Want Some"||Joel Crouse, Jamie Houston|
|Brad Paisley||Wheelhouse||"Beat This Summer"||Brad Paisley, Chris DuBois,|
|Lady Antebellum||Golden||"Downtown"||Shane McAnally, Natalie Hemby|
|Tim McGraw||Two Lanes of Freedom||"One of Those Nights"||Rodney Clawson, Chris Tompkins|
|2014||Eric Church||The Outsiders||"Give Me Back My Hometown"||Eric Church|
|Hunter Hayes||Storyline||"Wild Card"||Hunter Hayes, Barry Dean|
Select Production Discography
|2013||Kacey Musgraves||Same Trailer Different Park||Producer|
|Thomas Rhett||It Goes Like This||Producer|
- Chiodo, Pete (June 1, 2010). Hit-song writer and former local Laird enjoys Nashville music scene. The Meadville Tribune.
- Parker, Eric (September 4, 2012). Little Big Town Earns First No. 1 Single. MusicRow.
- Wyland, Sarah (April 3, 2013). Hunter Hayes to Premiere New Song on ACM Awards. Great American Country.
- 4.0 4.1 Allen, Eric (July 6, 2011). Luke Laird: One of Music Citys Top Songwriters is also an MTSU Alum. The Murfreesboro Pulse. Retrieved on November 6, 2011.
- Luke Laird - Credits. AllMusic.
- Luke Laird. Universal Music Publishing Group. Retrieved on November 6, 2011.
- Landauer, Janelle (March 23, 2008). Luke Laird Chases His Dream of Becoming A Songwriter And Scores BIG With 'So Small'. Country Music Online. Retrieved on November 6, 2011.
- 2012 BMI Country Awards. Broadcast Music, Inc..
- Paulson, Dave (October 30, 2012). 2012 BMI Country Awards honor Tom T. Hall, Dallas Davidson, Luke Laird. The Tennessean.
- Academy of Country Music :: News. Academy of Country Music (January 6, 2012). Retrieved on January 29, 2014.
- Rogers, Christopher (February 13, 2013). 2013 Academy Of Country Music Award Nominees: Taylor Swift & More Full List. Hollywood Life. Retrieved on January 29, 2014.
- Lewis, Randy (January 26, 2013). Grammys 2014: Kacey Musgraves wins award for best country album. Los Angeles Times. Retrieved on January 29, 2014.
- POWER PLAYERS: 30 UNDER 30: Beth Mason Laird, Director of writer/publisher relations, BMI Nashville. Billboard (August 18, 2010).
- Universal Music Publishing Group (March 6, 2012). Universal Music Publishing Group Re-Signs Nashville Hit-Maker Luke Laird To New, World-Wide Publishing Agreement. Press release.
- About. Creative Nation.