Arts & Entertainment Industry Forum: Jim McCormick and Dale Bobo

Hit country songwriter Jim McCormick speaks with Professor George Howard (11/14/2011).

About Jim McCormick

Professor Jim McCormick recently celebrated two #1 songs on the Billboard® country charts: Jason Aldean's “Take A Little Ride,” which spent 3 weeks in the top position, and Brantley Gilbert's "You Don’t Know Her Like I Do," the second most-played song of 2012 at country radio, according to Billboard®.

McCormick’s songs have also been recorded by Luke Bryan, Tim McGraw, Jamey Johnson, Randy Travis, Ronnie Milsap, Trace Adkins, Trisha Yearwood, Rodney Atkins, Julianne Hough, and many others. His 2013 album, The Middle of the River, is available on iTunes or at his website.

Jim is a staff songwriter at BMG Chrysalis, Nashville and a sought-after lyricist for many projects. Previously, he worked as a staff writer at Warner Chappell Music and James Stroud’s Generator Music. He frequently travels to Los Angeles, London, and Scandinavia to collaborate.

In addition to his writing career, Jim has performed his songs at clubs and festivals throughout the world, including the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, South By Southwest Music Conference, the Key West Songwriters Festival, Tin Pan South in Nashville, and the Zihuatanejo International Guitar Festival in Mexico. His songs have been used in film, television, and video games, including Tim McGraw’s NBC Special, EA Sports’ NHL, and the USA Network’s The Big Easy.

McCormick currently serves as an Instructor of Music Industry Studies at Loyola University New Orleans, and has taught classes on songwriting and the music business at Belmont University, Berklee College of Music, Tulane University, University of New Orleans, and Denmark’s Englesholm Jazz Conservatory. He founded the New Orleans chapter of Nashville Songwriters Association International and frequently visits schools to encourage young people in their writing. With his band in the early ‘90s, The Bingemen, he was one of the first musicians in Louisiana on the Internet.

Jim is also a partner in McConnell and Associates Consulting, which offers customized business and economic development services with a focus in the entertainment and creative industries, and has served as a consultant to the State of Louisiana’s Office of Entertainment Industry Development. He currently sits on the board of governors for the Recording Academy and is a member of Leadership Music's class of 2013.

A graduate of Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., Jim also holds an M.F.A. in poetry from the University of New Orleans. His poetry and scholarship have been published in journals around the United States, and he is a recipient of the Academy of American Poets Prize.