After taking a run at a career as a neo-traditional country singer in the 1990s, Brett James moved behind the scenes in the 2000s, building up a reputation as a hitmaker. His signature tune as a writer was "Jesus Take the Wheel," the post-American Idol smash from Carrie Underwood. "Jesus Take the Wheel" spent six weeks at the top of Billboard's Country charts, its success not only establishing Underwood's career but James', too. Over the next decade and a half, Brett James worked steadily, writing songs for not just country acts -- so many hits, he wound up taking home ASCAP's Country Songwriter of the Year in both 2006 and 2010 -- but pop stars and rockers. Once he racked up a number of number one country hits as a writer, including Brantley Gilbert's "Bottoms Up" and Kenny Chesney's "When the Sun Goes Down," James revived his ...
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