With over 400 songs recorded, Kim McLean has also garnered a Dove Award for Gospel Song of the year, ASCAP and NSAI awards, Grammy and Juno nominations, and as an indie artist won Song of the Year honors for best Americana/Folk song for the Just Plain Folk organization out of 800,000 entries.
Faith Hope & Love – this Brokop co-write was recorded by Lisa Brokop, gospel favorite Misty Freeman, and contemporary Christian’s Nicole Nordeman/Jim Wittier duet.
No Stone to Throw (The Maggie Song) – recorded by Sierra, this Contemporary Christian classic was performed on two consecutive Dove Awards as one of the most impactful songs of the year. It is still one of the top radio re-current plays in the genre.
Other Kim McLean songwriter highlights include songs on Cathie Lee Gifford’s Lullaby Collection, Mamie Van Doren’s music anthology, a Christmas copyright, Go Tell, that’s been recorded by everyone from Gaither Homecoming to the Air Force Marching Band, and some of the most used songs for tribute videos at life events for the Making Everlasting Memories Corporation.
Kim McLean Songs are a natural for film/TV with credits on As The World Turns, ABC’s Hope & Faith (including a cameo with Kim singing), NBC’s West Wing, CBS’ Cold Case and Early Edition and several indie films.
As an artist, Kim McLean has had a #1 Inspirational Country Hit (ICMA), a duet with Dolly Parton (Angels and Eagles), and a national release with a Thomas Nelson Gift Book featuring songs for which she has retained publishing. She was also an artist asked to join the Gene Autry Tribute Album: Boots Too Big To Fill with artists like Vince Gill, Marty Stewart, Restless Heart, T. Graham Brown, and Connie Smith. She sang Gene’s gospel standard Somebody Bigger Than You and I. Her own country releases have gathered audiences in secondary American radio and hits in Europe, Asia, and Australia.
Publishing Company History
Kim McLean was signed as a staff songwriter one month after coming to Nashville with a new upstart called Little Big Town in 1986 and has been a staff songwriter until the present with an impressive array of companies. She has catalog retained at many of the major publishing houses and has a collection she has honed for her own publishing company that contains several gospel copyrights.
Here is a list of companies for which she has been a staff songwriter:
Little Big Town
E.M.I. Music Publishing
Jody Williams Music
Nick N Ash Music/Paul Worley
Kim McLean Music
Catalog has been retained at Sony, E.M.I. (now Sony), and Ole’ Music where Kim is listed as a Legacy Songwriter. For the past five years Kim McLean has been bolstering her own publishing catalog Kim McLean Music with her solo writes and developing writers.
Song Credit Highlights
Beautiful Goodbye – Jennifer Hanson – A co-write that was the number one video on CMT and the number one selling single upon release. Also recorded by U.K.’s talk show icon Cilla Black as a comeback single.
Count Your Blessing – A Kim McLean copyright recorded well over a hundred times including the most recent Cracker Barrel Gaither Collection title cut for this gospel song of the year. NSAI winner and Grammy nominee.
All We Ever Find – recorded by Tim McGraw on the Dancehall Doctors CD selling over 6 million units, touted on his website as Faith’s favorite song and used in entirety in the film Black Cloud as the love scene soundtrack.
Guess We Shouldn’t Talk About That Now – recorded by soul diva Bettye Lavette, becoming part of another of McLean’s inclusions on Grammy nominated albums. That began a relationship that has a Kim McLean song on Bettye’s newest album.
Elisabeth – Billy Gilman’s follow-up single to One Voice, the video was a chart topper on CMT.
Forever Everyday – Lee Ann Womack’s single following Something Worth Leaving Behind became the most added song in country upon release.
Harmless Heart – Trisha Yearwood’s recording on her Inside Out Album of the Kim McLean/Liz Rose song became a critic’s fav. Kim McLean has retained her publishing share on this song.
Hey Do You Know Me – co-written with Lisa Brokop, Kim McLean produced this song and album nominated for Album and Song of the Year Juno Awards. McLean also produced this song on indie artist Eve Selis which won top Americana Song at the Just Plain Folk Awards and a San Diego Music Award for best song.
Kim McLean has produced award winning projects for indie artists, gospel artists, and major labels. Her real strength is working with developing young artists, finding their voice, their identity in the studio, and writing their signature hits. She’s been the wind beneath the wings of acts for Capitol, Warner Brothers, Sony, and Curb.
Some artists she’s produced include:
Robin English (Sony), Lisa Brokop (Curb), Jennifer Hanson (Capitol), Misty Freeman (Daywind), Shana Morrison (Vanguard/Belfast Violet), Eve Selis (Proper/U.K.), Mamie Van Doren (indie) along with her own label projects.
Kim McLean is a studio acoustic guitar player and background vocalist. Her studio chops have been used by Vanguard, MCA/Universal, Curb, Sony, Daywind, and a host of indie projects.