Inspired Interview: Josh Kear

Josh Kear

Versatile singer-songwriter Josh Kear wields a sympathetic eye and keen awareness that color his compositions. Whether tapping in to the misgivings of a devoted suitor or inhabiting the fury of a scorned lover, Kear reveals candid moments of hilarity, pain and longing.

In 2010, Kear scored phenomenal success with Lady Antebellum's hit single, "Need You Now," the title track of the trio's sophomore album. After spending 5 weeks at #1 on the Billboard Country charts, the hit crossed over to pop radio, where it peaked at #2 on Billboard's Top 40 chart. Cumulatively, "Need You Now" has garnered 16 weeks atop the Country, Adult Contemporary, and Hot Adult Contemporary charts. The single has currently achieved triple-platinum status; selling over 3 million digital downloads. Most recently, "Need You Now" earned 2 ACM awards for Song and Single of the Year. The song was also named the 2010 ASCAP Country Song Of The Year.

Kear garnered a Grammy Award for Carrie Underwood's rendition of his scathing anthem, "Before He Cheats." The hit roosted atop the Billboard Country chart for five weeks, and went on to earn 2007 ASCAP Country Song of the Year honors, along with nominations for Single and Song of the Year at both the 2006 ACM and CMA Awards. Co-written with friend Chris Tompkins, "Before He Cheats" crossed over onto MTV and VH1, snagged top 5 slots in both the Adult Contemporary and Top 40 charts, and secured the People's Choice Award for Best Country Song of the Year.

The list of stars who have recorded tunes penned by Kear includes Garth Brooks, Jimmy Buffett, Tim McGraw, Gary Allan, Martina McBride and up-and-comers Gloriana. The songwriter's soothing voice, melodic knack and uncanny instinct leave no doubt that the list will only grow longer. 

Songwriting Credits (Partial List)
  • Before He Cheats - Carrie Underwood
  • Change - Carrie Underwood
  • Need You Now - Lady Antebellum
  • I'll Be The Wind - Garth Brooks
  • Set This Circus Down - Tim McGraw
  • Forever Seventeen - Tim McGraw
  • Bama Breeze - Jimmy Buffett
  • That's How They Do It In Dixie - Hank Williams Jr.
  • Wild Rebel Rose - Martina McBride
  • Don't Cost A Dime - Martina McBride
  • Wild At Heart - Gloriana
  • Cry On Command - Gloriana
  • Kiss Me When I'm Down - Gary Allan
  • Guilty - Jessie James
  • Shake That Thang - Gwyneth Paltrow
  • Rocks Instead Of Rice - Kellie Pickler
  • I'm Your Woman - Kellie Pickler
  • Happy - Kellie Pickler
  • 19 And Crazy - Bomshel
  • Jimmy Ray McGee - Julianne Hough
  • Love Yourself - Julianne Hough
  • It Takes A Man - Chris Young
  • Someone Is Me - Kenny Rogers
  • Mister Officer - Jypsi
  • Waste Good Lipstick - Jypsi
  • Hometown - Bucky Covington
  • You Knock Me Out - Carter's Chord
  • Luna's Song - Solal
  • The Last Words - Kevin Borg
  • This World Will Turn Your Way - Tyler Hilton
  • Sand - Aaron Lines
  • Spoken Like A Man - Blaine Larsen
  • Naked - Walker Hayes


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