Songwriter Liz Rose, whose compositions include Grammy-winning songs “White Horse” and “Girl Crush,” will be the next interview subject in the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum’s ongoing series, Poets and Prophets, which explores the careers of notable songwriters. Set for 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, in the museum’s Ford Theater, the program will feature an in-depth interview with Rose incorporating photos, film, and recordings from the museum’s collection. Rose will also perform briefly. Following the program, she will sign commemorative posters from Hatch Show Print, available for purchase in the Museum Store.
A native of Irving, Texas, Rose moved to Nashville when she was in her mid-thirties and a mother of three. Working in Nashville as a song publisher in the late 1990s, she realized she had a knack for crafting lyrics, and she began getting her songs recorded. Rose wrote hits for Gary Allan (“Songs About Rain”) and Lee Ann Womack (“The Wrong Girl”) before becoming a writing partner to Taylor Swift; the two collaborated frequently during Swift’s rise to stardom. Rose was SESAC Songwriter of the Year in 2007 after co-writing seven songs on Swift’s self-titled debut album, including “Tim McGraw,” “Teardrops on My Guitar,” and “Picture to Burn.” Rose’s profile as a songwriter soared when she won the Academy of Country Music’s 2012 Song of the Year award for “Crazy Girl,” recorded by the Eli Young Band. She also co-wrote Little Big Town’s “Girl Crush,” which spent 13 weeks at #1 on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart in 2015, and captured a Grammy for Best Country Song. In 2018, Rose’s writing success continued, as she supplied Carrie Underwood with “Cry Pretty” and Kenny Chesney with “Better Boat.”
Admission to Poets and Prophets is included with museum admission and free to museum members. Seating is limited and program passes are required for admittance. The program will be streamed live at countrymusichalloffame.org/streaming.
For 12 years, Poets and Prophets has honored songwriters who have made significant contributions to country music. Previous subjects include Al Anderson, Bill Anderson, Matraca Berg, Bobby Braddock, Gary Burr, Wayne Carson, Buzz Cason, Jerry Chesnut, Hank Cochran, Roger Cook, Sonny Curtis, Dean Dillon, Bob DiPiero, Tom Douglas, Kye Fleming, Jerry Foster, Dallas Frazier, Red Lane, Dickey Lee, John D. Loudermilk, Shane McAnally, Bob McDill, Lori McKenna, Roger Murrah, Paul Overstreet, Dan Penn, Gretchen Peters, Curly Putman, Mike Reid, Allen Reynolds, Mark D. Sanders, Don Schlitz, Whitey Shafer, Allen Shamblin, Billy Joe Shaver, Red Simpson, Jeffrey Steele, Sonny Throckmorton, Sharon Vaughn, Jimmy Webb, Billy Edd Wheeler, Norro Wilson and Craig Wiseman. Additional information about Poets and Prophets and videos of previous interviews can be found by visiting countrymusichalloffame.org.
Poets and Prophets is presented by SunTrust.
The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum collects, preserves, and interprets country music and its history for the education and entertainment of diverse audiences. In exhibits, publications, and educational programs, the museum explores the cultural importance and enduring beauty of the art form. The museum is operated by the Country Music Foundation, a not-for-profit 501 (c)(3) educational organization chartered by the state of Tennessee in 1964. The museum is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, and welcomes over one million patrons each year, placing it among the most visited history museums in the U.S. The Country Music Foundation operates Historic RCA Studio B®, Hatch Show Print®, CMF Records, the Frist Library and Archive, and CMF Press. Museum programs are funded in part by the Metropolitan Nashville Arts Commission and the Tennessee Arts Commission.