Brooks, Jackson top Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame nominees
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Brooks, Jackson top Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame nominees

Monday, August 22, 2011 – The Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame will induct Garth Brooks and Alan Jackson, it was announced today.

Also to be inducted are John Bettis, Thom Schuyler and Allen Shamblin in the songwriter category. Jackson and Brooks make it in the songwriter/artist category.

The five new inductees will be welcomed at the 41st Anniversary Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame Dinner & Induction Ceremony, presented by AT&T, on Sunday, Oct. 16.

"These five very talented individuals are among an era of powerhouse writers and artists who propelled country music to unparalleled heights beginning in the late 1980s and early 1990s, and also made substantial contributions to popular and rock music," said John Van Mol, chairman of the hall of fame. "We look forward to a fantastic evening of recognition for our inductees, and great entertainment for all who attend."

Van Mol said the NaSHOF board of directors decided to increase the number of inductees this year to five from the traditional three, as has been done in some years in the past. "Songwriters and songwriter/artists with ties to Nashville have made our city the songwriting capital of the world," Van Mol said. "This year's inductees have greatly enhanced that reputation and are richly deserving of Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame honors."

Bettis' songwriter credits include Pop/Country crossover hits such as Top Of The World (The Carpenters, Lynn Anderson) and Slow Hand (The Pointer Sisters, Conway Twitty). Schuyler's resume is known for hits such as Love Will Turn You Around (Kenny Rogers) and A Long Line Of Love (Michael Martin Murphey). Shamblin is the tunesmith behind I Can't Make You Love Me (Bonnie Raitt) and The House That Built Me" (Miranda Lambert). Brooks popularized many of his own compositions such as The Thunder Rolls and The River. Jackson created hits from many of his self-penned songs such as Chattahoochee and Where Were You (When The World Stopped Turning).

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