Natalie Hemby

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Natalie Hemby
Background information
Birth nameNatalie Nicole Hemby
Born (1977-03-24) March 24, 1977 (age 47)
Bloomington, Illinois, U.S.[1]
OriginNashville, Tennessee, U.S.
  • Singer
  • songwriter
Years active2006-present
Member ofThe Highwomen

Natalie Nicole Hemby Wrucke (born March 24, 1977) is an American country music songwriter and singer. She has written songs for Lee Ann Womack, Eli Young Band, Toby Keith, Miranda Lambert, Sunny Sweeney, Little Big Town, Jon Pardi, Kacey Musgraves, Lauren Daigle, and Lady Gaga. In 2019, she joined the quartet The Highwomen alongside Brandi Carlile, Amanda Shires and Maren Morris.

Early life[edit]

Hemby was born in Bloomington, Illinois.[1] She is the daughter of Nashville studio guitarist Tom Hemby and Deanna Hemby.[3]



Hemby has accumulated eight No. 1 Billboard singles during her career. Hemby's cuts include "White Liar" and "Only Prettier" by Miranda Lambert,[4] "Pontoon" and "Tornado" by Little Big Town,[5] "Drinks After Work" by Toby Keith and "Automatic" by Miranda Lambert. She is currently a writer at Universal Music Group Nashville (UMPG), and has formerly been affiliated with EMI Publishing and Carnival Music.[6]

Solo albums[edit]

On January 13, 2017, Hemby released her first studio album, Puxico, named after the Missouri town where her grandfather lived, via the label GetWrucke Productions which she runs with her husband, music producer Mike Wrucke.[7]

In February 2021, Hemby signed with Fantasy Records. Produced by Mike Wrucke, her first album on Fantasy, Pins and Needles, was released on October 8, 2021.[8]

The Highwomen[edit]

Hemby was revealed as the final member of The Highwomen, a country music group that already featured Brandi Carlile, Maren Morris and Amanda Shires, on April 1, 2019, when the group performed live for the first time at the Bridgestone Arena as part of an 87th birthday tribute concert for Loretta Lynn.[9] "Redesigning Women" was released on July 19, 2019, as the first single from their self-titled debut album set for release on September 6, 2019.[10]

Personal life[edit]

Hemby is married to record producer Mike Wrucke.[5]


Studio albums[edit]

Solo albums[edit]

  • Puxico (2017)
  • Pins and Needles (2021)

With The Highwomen[edit]


Year Artist Album Song Co-written with
2006 Lee Ann Womack Call Me Crazy "The Bees" Daniel Tashian
2008 Eli Young Band Jet Black & Jealous "Mystery in the Making" Mike Eli
James Young
2009 Miranda Lambert Revolution "White Liar" Miranda Lambert
"Only Prettier"
"Airstream Song"
"Virginia Bluebell" Miranda Lambert
Jennifer Kennard
Carrie Underwood Play On "Play On" Carrie Underwood
Luke Laird
2010 Amy Grant Somewhere Down the Road "Overnight" Amy Grant
Luke Laird
Audrey Spillman
2011 Miranda Lambert Four the Record "Fine Tune" Luke Laird
"Baggage Claim" Miranda Lambert
Luke Laird
Eli Young Band Life at Best "The Fight" Tim Putnam
"How Quickly You Forget" Mike Eli
Daniel Tashian
2012 Kelly Clarkson Greatest Hits – Chapter One "Don't Rush" Blu Sanders
Lindsay Chapman
Little Big Town Tornado "Pontoon" Barry Dean
Luke Laird
"Tornado" Delta Maid
"Self Made" Jedd Hughes
Karen Fairchild
Jimi Westbrook
"Night Owl" Karen Fairchild
Kimberly Schlapman
Phillip Sweet
Jimi Westbrook
Nashville Cast The Music of Nashville: Season 1 Volume 1 "Buried Under" Chris DeStefano
2013 Sheryl Crow Feels Like Home "Stay at Home Mother" Sheryl Crow
Brett Eldredge Bring You Back "Go On Without Me" Ross Copperman
Brett Eldredge
Toby Keith Drinks After Work "Drinks After Work" Luke Laird
Barry Dean
Lady Antebellum Golden "Downtown" Shane McAnally
Luke Laird
Keith Urban Fuse "Good Thing" Keith Urban
Mike Elizondo
2014 Miranda Lambert Platinum "Automatic" Miranda Lambert
Nicolle Galyon
"Girls" Nicolle Galyon
Jimmy Robbins
"Babies Makin' Babies"
"Smokin' & Drinkin'"
feat. Little Big Town
Luke Laird
Shane McAnally
"Hard Staying Sober" Miranda Lambert
Luke Laird
Sunny Sweeney Provoked "Second Guessing" Sunny Sweeney
"Used Cars"
"Backhanded Compliment"
Blake Shelton Bringing Back the Sunshine "Anyone Else" Luke Laird
Barry Dean
Little Big Town Pain Killer "Quit Breaking Up With Me" Shane McAnally
"Good People" Jay Joyce
Jeremy Spillman
"Things You Don't Think About" Ross Copperman
Shane McAnally
"Turn The Lights On" Jay Joyce
Jeremy Spillman
Jimi Westbrook
Karen Fairchild
Kimberly Schlapman
Phillip Sweet
Labrinth Non-album Single "Jealous" Timothy McKenzie
Josh Kear
2015 Halestorm Into the Wild Life "What Sober Couldn't Say" Lzzy Hale
Scott Stevens
Joe Hottinger
Kelly Clarkson Piece by Piece "Good Goes the Bye" Shane McAnally
Jimmy Robbins
Jana Kramer Thirty One "Said No One Ever" Nicolle Galyon
Miranda Lambert "Hot Pursuit" Soundtrack "Two Of A Crime" Nicolle Galyon
Miranda Lambert
Kacey Musgraves Pageant Material "Good Ol' Boys Club" Kacey Musgraves
Luke Laird
2016 Miranda Lambert The Weight of These Wings
"Highway Vagabond" Luke Dick
Shane McAnally
"Ugly Lights" Miranda Lambert
Liz Rose
"Pink Sunglasses" Rodney Clawson
Luke Dick
"Getaway Driver" Miranda Lambert
Anderson East
"Smoking Jacket" Miranda Lambert
Lucie Silvas
"Pushin' Time" Miranda Lambert
Foy Vance
"Things That Break" Miranda Lambert
Jessi Alexander Stewart
"Tomboy" Miranda Lambert
Aaron Raitiere
"Keeper of the Flame" Miranda Lambert
Liz Rose
"Six Degrees of Separation" Miranda Lambert
Nicolle Galyon
2017 Nelly Furtado The Ride "Tap Dancing" Nelly Furtado
Liz Rose
2018 Kacey Musgraves Golden Hour "Butterflies" Kacey Musgraves
Luke Laird
"Velvet Elvis" Kacey Musgraves
Luke Dick
"Rainbow" Kacey Musgraves
Shane McAnally
Lucie Silvas E. G. O. "Kite" Lucie Silvas

Gabe Simon

Lady Gaga A Star Is Born (2018 soundtrack) "Always Remember Us This Way" Lady Gaga
Hillary Lindsey
Lori McKenna
"I'll Never Love Again" Lady Gaga
Hillary Lindsey
Aaron Raitiere
2019 Jon Pardi Heartache Medication "Heartache Medication" Jon Pardi
Barry Dean
2020 Kelly Clarkson "I Dare You" Jesse Shatkin
Jeff Gitelman
Laura Veltz
Ben West

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Association Category Nominated Work Result
2010 Academy of Country Music Song of the Year "White Liar" Nominated
Country Music Association Nominated
2013 Country Music Association Song of the Year "Pontoon" Nominated
2014 Country Music Association Song of the Year "Automatic" Nominated
Nashville Songwriters Association International Awards Song of the Year Won
2015 Academy of Country Music Won
Grammy Awards Best Country Song Nominated
2019 Country Music Association Song of the Year "Rainbow" Nominated
2020 Grammy Awards Song of the Year "Always Remember Us This Way" Nominated
Best Song Written for Visual Media "I'll Never Love Again" (Film Version) Won
Academy of Country Music Group of the Year The Highwomen Nominated
CMT Awards Group Video of the Year "Crowded Table" Nominated
Country Music Association Song of the Year "Bluebird" Nominated
2021 Grammy Awards Best Country Song "Bluebird" Nominated
"Crowded Table" Won


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  8. ^ Quinn, Rick (October 18, 2021). "Natalie Hemby Celebrates 'Pins and Needles' Drop At Nashville's Basement East". Retrieved January 11, 2022.
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  10. ^ Houghton, Cillea (July 19, 2019). "The Highwomen Light the Ultimate Bonfire in 'Redesigning Women' Video". Taste of Country. Retrieved March 31, 2020.