Referred to by Billboard Magazine as "One of Music
Row's greatest veteran tunesmiths," Jerry Salley, the "2003 SESAC Country Music Songwriter of the Year" has had over 400 songs recorded in his
multi-award winning career.
From Sir Elton John's only chart single to appear on the Billboard Country Chart ("Where We Both Say Goodbye" - duet with Australian artist Catherine
Britt) to a Gospel song so popular it has been included in Church Hymnals ("His Strength Is Perfect"); from songs recorded by country music legends
Loretta Lynn and The Oak Ridge Boys to some of today's biggest country stars like Chris Stapleton, Reba McEntire, Toby Keith and Brad Paisley,
Jerry's long list of accomplishments speaks for itself.
Born in the small southern Ohio town of Chillicothe, he signed with Performing Rights Organization SESAC at eighteen years old. Writing and singing
in Nashville since 1982, he has written multiple hits in Country, Bluegrass and Gospel Music and may well be the most successful songwriter to
have earned equal recognition from all three genres of music - not to mention his recent activity of songs/awards recorded by some of the best/current
artists in the "Americana" music genre.
His country hits include the Reba McEntire smash "I'm Gonna Take That Mountain", "Breakin' New Ground" (Wild Rose/Universal Records), "I Fell In The
Water" (John Anderson/BNA Records), "How Do You Sleep At Night" (Wade Hayes/DCK/Columbia Records), and four other Billboard chart records. His
has written Eight (8) #1 Gospel hits, several #2 Gospel hits and over a dozen other top ten/top twenty gospel songs. In addition to songs recorded
by the previously mentioned artists, he has had songs recorded by Patty Loveless, Joe Nichols, Darryl Worley, Travis Tritt, Tracy Lawrence, Neal
McCoy, Mark Chesnutt, Cece Winans, The Whites, and many others. He is a seven-time Dove Award nominee, having won a prestigious Dove for the 1990
Inspirational Song of the Year "His Strength Is Perfect", recorded by and co-written with Steven Curtis Chapman.
Internationally he has penned no less than seven (7) #1 Country hits in Australia. To date Jerry's songs have sold in excess of fifteen (15) million
As an artist, Jerry has performed on numerous stage shows, including the honor of performing as a soloist many times on the world famous GRAND OLE
OPRY. His television appearances include LATE NIGHT WITH DAVID LETTERMAN, REGIS AND KATHY LEE, NBC'S TODAY SHOW and several different TNN (THE
NASHVILLE NETWORK) shows.
In addition to his Dove recognition from the Gospel Music Association, Jerry has received countless awards from different associations for his songwriting
accomplishments (IBMA, NSAI, SESAC, GOSPEL VOICE MAGAZINE, etc.). In 2006, Jerry received his second IBMA Award for his contribution (as an artist)
to the 2006 IBMA "Album of the Year" - "Celebration of Life" (Skaggs Family Records).
Along with friends Carl Jackson and Larry Cordle, the trio (Cordle, Jackson & Salley) recorded the song "You're Running Wild" on the Louvin Brothers
Tribute on Universal South Records, which features numerous country music stars singing songs made famous by the legendary duo. Entitled "Livin',
Lovin', Losin' - Songs Of the Louvin Brothers", this project won the 2003 Grammy for Country Album Of The Year.
In 2007, Jerry released his first solo project, "New Songs, Old Friends" on the Mountain Home Records Label. A Bluegrass CD which includes all new
songs written by Jerry and performed by him along with some of his favorite singers - all of whom have recorded his songs. Guests like The Oak
Ridge Boys, Rhonda Vincent, Vince Gill, Ricky Skaggs & Sharon White, Darryl Worley, Del McCoury, Doyle Lawson, Sonya Isaacs, Alecia Nugent,
Jamie Johnson, Lisa Shaffer and buddies Carl Jackson and Larry Cordle. The project was one of the final nominees for the 2007 IBMA "Recorded Event
of the Year".
Jerry Salley followed up his debut, New Songs, Old Friends , with yet another outstanding lineup of original tunes, entitled "Showing My Age". This
project was released in August of 2012, with tracks that appeal to lovers of Americana, gospel, bluegrass, and country . It contains never before
recorded songs and others with his own take on hits he has penned for chart-topping artists such as Reba, Brad Paisley, The Isaacs, The Lonesome
River Band, and more!
In 2015 Jerry released his third solo project, “Jerry Salley – Gospel From My Grassroots”, an all bluegrass gospel project. This highly anticipated
13 track CD has guest vocalist Steven Curtis Chapman, Dale Ann Bradley, Carl Jackson, Larry Cordle, Val Storey, Bradley Walker, and Maggie Salley
singing with Jerry. All penned by Jerry, the CD is comprised of 10 previously recorded songs by other artists and 3 brand new, never released songs.
Multi-Grammy winning producer, musican and songwriter, Carl Jackson says:
"Jerry is not only a friend, in the truest sense of the word, he is also a songwriter's songwriter... an artist that completely understands the idea
of "painting a picture" using the marriage of lyric and rhyme; someone that fully grasps the art of crafting a song, rather than throwing words
against the page. His paintbrush is a pen, his canvas a legal pad and his goal always another masterpiece."
Country Songs Written (partial list)
•Chris Stapleton - ”Outlaw State Of Mind”
•Reba McEntire – “I’m Gonna Take That Mountain“ & “Close To Crazy”
•Elton John & Catherine Britt – “Where We Both Say Good-bye”
•John Anderson – “I Fell In The Water”
•Wade Hayes – “How Do You Sleep At Night”
•Toby Keith – “I Know A Wall When I See One”
•Joe Nichols – “You Can’t Break The Fall”
•Brad Paisley – “The Best Thing I Had Goin”
•Travis Tritt – “Small Doses”
•Mark Chestnutt – “A Hard Secret To Keep”
•Patty Loveless – “Love Builds The Bridges”
•The Oak Ridge Boys – “You Don’t Have To Go Home”, “Saving Grace”, ”Hay Baby”, ”Getting Ready For A Baby”
•Darryl Worley – “Is It Just Us”, “I Built This Wall”, “If I Could Tell The Truth”, & Just Around The Corner”
Bluegrass Songs Written (partial list)
•The SteelDrivers – “A Long Way Down”, “The River Runs Red”, “6 Feet Away”
•Balsam Range - “Any Old Road” (and others)
•Seldom Scene - “Breaking New Ground” (and others)
•Alecia Nugent - “Paper & Pen” (and others)
•Dave Petersen & 1946 - “1946”
•Del McCoury Band - “The Butler Brothers” (and others)
•The Osborne Brothers - “You Don’t Have To Go Home”
•IIIrd Tyme Out - “It’s Not What You Know”
• Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver - “Mountain View Missionary Baptist Church”, “Saving Grace” (and others)
•Lonesome River Band - “Lonesome Won’t Get The Best of Me”, “Coming Home To You” (and others)
• Rhonda Vincent - “I Gotta Start Somewhere”, “An Old Memory Found It’s Way Back Home Again” (and others)
Gospel Songs Written (partial list)
•Tribute Quartet - “Good News From Jerusalem”
•Karen Peck & New River - “I Want To Thank You”
•The Talleys - “The Broken Ones
•The McKameys - “Between 12 & 33”
•Lordsong - “Day Three”
•Ernie Haase & Signature Sound - “John In The Jordan”
• Steven Curtis Chapman, CeCe Winans, and over 200 others (added To the Baptist Hymnal in 2009) - “His Strength Is Perfect”