Producer, writer busbee dies at 43
Tuesday, October 1, 2019
– Songwriter and producer busbee, who produced such artists as Maren Morris, died on Sunday at 43 of brain cancer.
busbee also co-wrote Florida Georgia Line's "H.O.L.Y" and co-wrote Morris' first two singles, "My Church" and "80s Mercedes" plus Keith Urban's "The Fighter" featuring Carrie Underwood. busbee produced Lady Antebellum's 2017 release, "Heart Break," co-writing six songs including the hit single "You Look Good."
He produced and wrote songs for Lauren Alaina ("Road Less Traveled") and Carly Pearce ("Every Little Thing") and wrote Pearce's hit single of the same name.
busbee enjoyed hits "Try" by P!nk, "Dark Side" by Kelly Clarkson and other top ten singles.
Busbee was born Michael James Ryan on June 18, 19876 in Walnut Creek, Cal. and began playing music when he was seven years old.
Morris sent out a tweet, "This just doesn't seem fair. I will always love you and the songs and albums I was lucky to make with you, Busbee. Rest well, my sweet friend."
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