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Loyola professor writes new single released by Harry Connick Jr.

Loyola press release - October 22, 2015

Nashville songwriter, New Orleans native and Loyola University New Orleans associate professor of Music Industry Studies Jim McCormick adds another credit to his catalogue of major label recordings with a new song released by Harry Connick Jr. The song, “(I Do) Like We Do,” is the first single released by Connick from his forthcoming album, “That Would Be Me,” due to be released Oct. 23 by Columbia Records. Already the song has been released to radio stations and sales outlets worldwide.

Co-written with Nashville songwriter Jay Knowles, the single is a love song about marriage produced by acclaimed singer-songwriter Butch Walker, whose credit list includes collaborations with artists from Pink and Avril Lavigne to Pete Yorn. The song, performed with acoustic guitar, horns and an organ, marks a slight change for Connick, who is known for his versatility.

“It’s one of the favorite songs I’ve ever written because of the message in the song and because of how well we executed craftsmanship in writing it,” McCormick, said. “The song is a song of praise for a couple’s marriage―and the uniqueness of their marriage.”

For the last four years, McCormick has taught undergraduate courses on the craft and business of songwriting at Loyola University New Orleans. The course examines the business of songwriting and incorporates a creative writing workshop, in which students write and perform one song each week and receive feedback from their peers and from McCormick―who ensured his students were among the first to hear the new Connick single.

“The course always attracts a very bright group of students who over the semester form a bond with each other as co-writers and critics, the result of which is a very nurturing environment for aspiring songwriters,” McCormick said.

The rapidly growing Music Industry Studies program at Loyola is the most popular on campus and has a 93 percent student retention rate, said department chair, John Snyder, who aims to create an environment where students learn to be successful in creative professions. Snyder is a musician and independent producer who holds a degree in entertainment law and serves as the Conrad N. Hilton Eminent Scholar in Music Industry Studies and director of the Center for Arts and Music Entrepreneurship at Loyola. Of the 350 new recordings that Snyder has produced, 32 have been nominated for Grammys and five have won.

McCormick, a New Orleans native and resident who graduated in 1986 from Jesuit High School in New Orleans and received his undergraduate degree from Georgetown University in 1990, is a staff songwriter at BMG Chrysalis Music Group in Nashville, Tenn. Top-line country music stars regularly seek him out as a collaborator, due to his lyric-writing abilities and the high volume of successful work that he has produced.

McCormick has written top hits performed by Tim McGraw, Jason Aldean, Brantley Gilbert, Keith Urban, Trace Adkins, Luke Bryan, Trisha Yearwood, Randy Travis, Ronnie Milsap, Rodney Atkins, Jamey Johnson, Anders Osborne, Amanda Shaw and many others. He writes more than 150 songs per year, working from a notebook of thoughts, titles and ideas extending more than 600 pages, and cuts major publishing deals for his songs about six or seven times a year.

In 2012, his song ”You don’t Know Her Like I Do” co-written with Brantley Gilbert topped country music charts and appeared on Billboard’s Hot Country Singles chart, only to be followed by “Take a Little Ride,” written by McCormick, Dylan Altman, Rodney Clawson and recorded by Aldean. The song was later named the #1 country song in America, the second for McCormick in six months. Aldean's “Take A Little Ride” spent 3 weeks in the top position, and Gilbert’s “You Don’t Know Her Like I Do” was the second most-played song of 2012 on country radio, according to Billboard.

McCormick, a poet, singer, songwriter and producer who has released three albums of his own, serves on the board of governors for the Recording Academy, or the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences, a U.S. organization of musicians, producers, recording engineers and other recording professionals dedicated to improving the quality of life and cultural condition for music and its makers. He is a graduate of Leadership Music’s class of 2013 and is a board member of Nashville Songwriters Association International.

Loyola’s College of Music and Fine Arts is proud to have him as a member of its faculty.

Connick, McCormick, and the students at Loyola are all #JesuitEducated.

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