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Chart-topping Nashville songwriter teaching music industry class at Loyola

Loyola press release - September 28, 2012

This fall, country music songwriting sensation Jim McCormick is teaching the class, The Craft and Business of Songwriting, for the Department of Music Industry Studies at Loyola University New Orleans.

McCormick, who has spent more than 10 years working in the Nashville music scene, recently landed two songs on the country music charts. “Take a Little Ride,” Jason Aldean's current radio single, debuted at No. 19 on Billboard’s Hot Country Singles chart. The song was so successful that, at 189,000 copies sold, it broke the all time record for debut-week sales of a single by a male country artist. The song is currently at No. 3 on the chart. Another McCormick song, “You Don't Know Her Like I Do,” recorded by Brantley Gilbert, reached No. 1 on the Billboard chart in July 2012 and has already sold more than 500,000 copies as a single.

Country music superstars Tim McGraw, Randy Travis, Trisha Yearwood, Trace Adkins and Ronnie Milsap are among the other artists who have recorded McCormick's songs.

A New Orleans native, McCormick has performed at international clubs and festivals, including the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, the South By Southwest Music Conference, the Key West Songwriters Festival, Engelsholm Castle in Denmark and the Zihuatanejo Guitar Fest in Mexico.

He has a bachelor’s degree in English from Georgetown University and a master’s degree in poetry from the University of New Orleans. McCormick is a frequent guest lecturer at music schools and conferences around the world, and his poetry and scholarship have been published in multiple academic journals. He is also a current governor on the Recording Academy's Memphis chapter board and a member of Leadership Music's class of 2013.