ARTICLE: "Consider Me Gone" #1 Party

The beautiful Starstruck building on Nashville’s Music Row was aflutter with excitement on Monday evening during a big party celebrating the 34th #1 for Reba McIntire which was written by Steve Diamond and Marv Green.

During McIntire’s career she has had number one songs on the music charts during each of the last four decades; “Consider Me Gone” being her longest running single to date and staying on the charts for four weeks.

ASCAP kicked off the awards presentation recognizing Steve Diamond for his contribution to the project and amazing songwriting talents. Plaques commemorating the achievement were presented Steve and his wife, Teri, as publishers and also to Reba and Scott Borchetta, President/CEO The Valory Music Co. A plaque was also presented to Mark Wright who co-produced “Consider Me Gone” with McIntire; noting this was the twentieth #1 song produced by Wright.

Jody Williams, BMI Vice President, Writer/Publisher Relations, Nashville acknowledged Ms. McIntire for her consistency in the music industry, as well as all of her entertainment endeavors since 1983 when she achieved her 1st number one song. Marv Green was recognized for his talent as a songwriter and collaboration on the number one song. Mark Wright as producer, Warner Chappell’s Tracy Gershon for music publisher, Scott Borchetta and Reba McIntire were all presented with BMI Awards.

Tracy Gershon, Sr. Vice President for Warner Chappell kicked off her presentation with the announcement than in lieu of fancier awards, a donation was being made in honor of Marv Green’s new son, Gibson, towards relief efforts in Haiti, stating this was the first of many donations to be made. Tracy applauded Reba for her continued leadership as a class act and representation of country music. Awards were given to each of the songwriters, producer, music label and artist by Warner Chappell Music.

Accolades and honors were also handed out by Wade Jessen, Chart Manager of Billboard Magazine; Hank Adam Locklin, Senior Manager of Membership and Industry Relations for the Country Music Association; Charlie Monk [Honorary Mayor of Music Row] for the Country Radio Broadcasters; David Ross, Vice President and John Freeman, Chart Director for Music Row Magazine and David Scarlett, Managing Editor for Country Weekly Magazine.

Scott Borchetta spoke warmly of Reba, who he touted as the queen of country music. During his words of appreciation he encouraged everyone to see the new tour before handing out plaques to everyone on behalf of The Valory Music Co.

Country music is a love of Reba’s and all of those who make the music tick, and she thanked everyone in the room for being a part of the team. She spoke of her motivation from the 1st award to now and how it continues to drive her to continue reaching for higher goals and lovingly gave kudos to Narvel Blackstock for always being there as both her manager and husband, stating this number one would never be forgotten.

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