ARTICLE: BMI holds #1 party for “It’s America”

Music Row executives, members of the music community, family and friends gathered on Tuesday May 26th at BMI to recognize those involved with the #1 song, “It’s America”. The single from the album of the same name was written by Brett James and Angelo Petraglia and recorded by Curb recording artist Rodney Atkins. Producer Tod Hewitt was also on hand to receive accolades for his participation on this project.

A signature guitar was given on behalf of BMI to writer Pertaglia, along with a silver engraved cup to the artist, writers and producer of the song. Awards and plaques were also graciously given by Tammy Genovese from the Country Music Association, Ed Salamon of the Country Radio Broadcasters and Country Weekly Magazine presented a special plaque for the story behind the song. Curb Records was on hand to present each of them each with a framed commemorative CD recognizing the #1 status.

“It’s America” is the fifth number one single for Atkins, and is the first release off his third album. The song comes at a perfect time when Americans are coming together to help fellow mankind during a time of need in so many families. The song tugs at emotions from the first verse referencing a lemonade stand and the iconic picture perfect postcard to the chorus filled with the things listeners hold dear as childhood memories and American traditions.

Petraglia is a valued song writer and producer in the music scene, both in the country genre and pop music. He’s scored cuts in recent years with a variety of mainstream artists such as Martina McBride, Tim McGraw, Trisha Yearwood, Sara Evans, Leann Womack, Brooks and Dunn and Jessica Andrews and is recognized as a valued part of the Kings of Leon.

James an artist and hit songwriter is well known for Carrie Underwood’s 2006 Number One hit “Jesus,Take The Wheel”, which received Grammy Awards for Best Female Country Vocal Performance and Best Country Song. He has also had great success with songs recorded by Kenny Chesney, Jessica Andrews and Martina McBride.

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