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KENT BLAZY

Songwriter of “Ain't Going Down 'Til the Sun Comes Up,” "Cold Shoulder," "If Tomorrow Never Comes," and "Papa Loved Mama"

Kent Blazy is originally from Lexington, Kentucky, and was first inspired to play music when he heard Roger McGuinn playing guitar on the song “Mr. Tambourine Man.”  For several years, he played and toured with various bands and, in the mid-1970s traveled as the band leader and guitarist for Ian Tyson.

After winning a national songwriting contest, Blazy moved to Nashville in 1980 and decided to focus on his writing career. Just two years later, he got his first top-five hit with Gary Morris’s recording of “Headed for a Heartache.”  In 1987, he met Bob Doyle, who would soon become the manager for Garth Brooks. Doyle connected Blazy and Brooks, which began a songwriting collaboration that continues to this day. Blazy and Brooks first co-write was “If Tomorrow Never Comes,” which became the first number one hit for both of them. They went on to collaborate on many other songs, four of which also became number one hits. And now Blazy’s got a couple of cuts on Brooks recent release, including the lead single “Baby, Let’s Lay Down and Dance.” Beyond the cuts he’s had with Brooks, Blazy also co-wrote the title track to the Reba album “All the Women I Am,” Chris Young took Blazy’s “Gettin’ You Home (The Black Dress Song)” to number one, and his songs have also been recorded by T. Graham Brown, Donna Fargo, Moe Bandy, Diamond Rio, Kenny Chesney, Terri Clark, Clay Walker, Randy Houser, Patty Loveless, Julie Roberts, Andy Griggs, Jon Pardi, Blaine Larsen and Abby Anderson.