Brett Beavers

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Brett Beavers
OriginWaco, Texas
Occupation(s)Songwriter, producer

Brett Beavers (born in Waco, Texas) is an American country music songwriter and producer and the co-author of the book Something Worth Leaving Behind.

Education and early career[edit]

Beavers attended Baylor University, where he earned a bachelor of science degree in secondary education[1] in 1985.[2] He spent the next four years playing bass guitar with Mack Abernathy throughout the United States, honing his skill as a songwriter.[2] After a year away from the music business, when he married and taught high school science in Tyler, Texas,[2] he moved to Nashville, Tennessee, to join a band with Deryl Dodd.[3] Shortly after arriving in Nashville, Beavers began touring with Martina McBride as bass player and bandleader, from 1992–1996, and then with Lee Ann Womack from 1997–2005 in the same capacity.[2] During this time, he started a publishing company and began getting his songs recorded by such artists as Tim McGraw and Billy Ray Cyrus.[3] In 2005, he stopped performing and touring to pursue songwriting and producing on a full-time basis.[2] His brother, Jim, is also a Nashville songwriter.[4]

With Dierks Bentley[edit]

Much of Beavers' success has been with Dierks Bentley, for whom he produces and co-writes several of his songs, a collaboration that began in 2001.[5] The partnership has produced several number-one Hot Country Songs, including "Sideways",[6] "Come a Little Closer",[7] "Feel That Fire",[8] and "Every Mile a Memory".[9] In addition to chart-topping success, the pairing has led to a SOCAN[10] and NSAI Achievement Award for "What Was I Thinkin'",[11] a BMI Award Most Performed Song for "Trying to Stop Your Leaving",[12] and Grammy Award nominations for Best Country Song, "Long Trip Alone"[13] and Country Song of the Year, "Every Mile a Memory".[14] The songs that he has written and produced for Bentley have also led to Beavers being honored at the BMI Country Awards every year from 2006–2009.[15][16][17][18]


Along with Tom Douglas, Beavers wrote the inspirational book Something Worth Leaving Behind, based on the song of the same name that they co-wrote for Lee Ann Womack.[19]


  1. ^ Crossan, Jeff. "Bret Beavers Co-Writes & Produces Top Hits For Country Star Dierks Bentley And Other Artists". Songwriter Universe. Retrieved 21 September 2010.
  2. ^ a b c d e Rea, James (October 2009). "Producer News From The Row Spotlight on Brett Beavers". Nashville Music Guide. Retrieved 21 September 2010.[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ a b Tucker, Susan (1 July 2003). The secrets of songwriting: leading songwriters reveal how to find inspiration & success. Allworth Communications, Inc. p. 2. ISBN 978-1-58115-278-4. Retrieved 21 September 2010.
  4. ^ Evans Price, Deborah (1 October 2011). "He's a Business, Man". Billboard. Vol. 123, no. 35. p. 37. ISSN 0006-2510. Retrieved 6 May 2016.
  5. ^ "Dierks Bentley "Sideways" Over Partnership". Great American Country. 2 March 2009. Archived from the original on 19 February 2012. Retrieved 23 September 2010.
  6. ^ Morris, Edward (11 August 2009). "Dierks Bentley, Jim Beavers Take Their Bows for "Sideways"". CMT. Retrieved 23 September 2010.
  7. ^ Morris, Edward (31 January 2006). "Bentley and Beavers Revel in "Come a Little Closer"". CMT. Retrieved 23 September 2010.
  8. ^ Morris, Edward (9 March 2009). "Dierks Bentley Savors Sixth No. 1 Single, "Feel That Fire"". CMT. Retrieved 23 September 2010.
  9. ^ Shelburne, Craig (15 November 2006). "Dierks Bentley Toasts No. 1 at Neighborhood Bar". CMT. Retrieved 23 September 2010.
  10. ^ "Music Industry Celebrates Canadian Talent at SOCAN Awards". BMI. 22 November 2004. Retrieved 21 September 2010.
  11. ^ Stark, Phyllis (20 November 2004). "Songwriters Hall Welcomes New Members". Billboard. p. 64. Retrieved 23 September 2010.
  12. ^ "ole, One of the World's Fastest Growing Independent Music Publishers Launches "adminow," a Leading Edge Transparent, Music Publishing Administration e-Tool". Marketwire. 3 May 2010. Retrieved 21 September 2010.
  13. ^ Leeds, Jeff (7 December 2007). "Kanye West and Amy Winehouse lead Grammy nominees". Cape Cod Times. Archived from the original on 17 June 2011. Retrieved 21 September 2010.
  14. ^ "Lindsey and "Jesus Take the Wheel" nominated for two GRAMMY Awards". The News-Reporter. Washington, Georgia. 14 December 2006. Archived from the original on 14 July 2011. Retrieved 21 September 2010.
  15. ^ "Top BMI Writers, Publishers Honored at 54th Annual Country Awards; Merle Haggard Saluted as BMI Icon". BMI. 3 November 2006. Retrieved 21 September 2010.
  16. ^ "Willie Nelson, Jeffrey Steele, Sony/ATV Earn Top Honors at BMI Country Awards". BMI. 7 November 2007. Retrieved 21 September 2010.
  17. ^ "Hank Williams, Jr., Taylor Swift, Casey Beathard, Sony/ATV Earn Top BMI Country Honors". BMI. 11 November 2008. Retrieved 21 September 2010.
  18. ^ "Kris Kristofferson, Taylor Swift, Bobby Pinson, and More Honored at 2009 BMI Country Awards". BMI. 10 November 2009. Retrieved 21 September 2010.
  19. ^ "Something Worth Leaving Behind". Thomas Nelson. Archived from the original on 16 July 2011. Retrieved 21 September 2010.