LAS VEGAS - APRIL 05: Song of the year award winners, musician James Otto, composer Lee Thomas Miller and Jamey Johnson speak onstage during the 44th annual Academy Of Country Music Awards held at the MGM Grand on April 5, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

We are now just a few days away from an exciting new show that is bringing some of Nashville’s biggest songwriters to Augusta! Don’t miss the first ever KICKS 99 Songwriter Series on March 8th at the Columbia County Performing Arts Center. Get details on the show HERE. And on the list of songwriters, we’ve got Lee Thomas Miller. He’s a songwriter behind some big country songs you know and love! You can hear his interview with the Kicks Wake Up Krew HERE.

Who Is Lee Thomas Miller?

Lee Thomas Miller is originally from Nicholasville, Kentucky.  He earned his Bachelors degree in Music Theory and Composition from Eastern Kentucky University in 1990.

In 2003, Miller was named the Breakthrough Songwriter of the Year for Music Row Magazine. Also in 2003, he earned his first GRAMMY nomination for Country Song Of The Year with “The Impossible” recorded by Joe Nichols. Years later in 2009, he’d earn a double GRAMMY nomination in the Country Song Of The Year category. The two songs were “You’re Gonna Miss This”, recorded by Trace Adkins, and “In Color”, recorded by Jamey Johnson.

Miller won Song Of The Year for “You’re Gonna Miss This” at the Nashville Songwriters Association (NSAI) Awards in 2008. The song was also nominated for a CMA that same year. In 2009, “You’re Gonna Miss This” and “In Color” both received nominations for Country Song Of The Year at the ACMs. “In Color” would go on to win both the CMA and ACM awards that year.

Lee Thomas Miller served as the President of the Nashville Songwriters Association previously, and was recently selected to serve as president again.

Songs Written By The Lee Thomas Miller

There are many songs you’ll know and love that were written by Lee Thomas Miller, aside from the previously mentioned hits. “You’re Gonna Miss This” was just one of Miller’s number one songs.  Other number ones include:

  • “I Just Wanna Be Mad”  – recorded by Terri Clark
  • “The World”, “I’m Still A Guy”, and “Perfect Storm” – recorded by Brad Paisley
  • “Southern Girl” – recorded by Tim McGraw

But these are just the tip of the iceberg. There are so many other songs you’ll see Miller’s name on. Let’s take a look.

Here are some other songs he’s written:

  • "It Matters To Her" - Scotty McCreery

    This song was co-written by Scotty McCreery, Rhett Akins, and Lee Thomas Miller. It wasn’t the first time the three had written together. They previously wrote “You Make That Look Good” in 2011. “It Matters To Her” was released in 2022 as the third single from McCreery’s fifth album, Same Truck. When talking about writing this song, Scotty said, “After four years of marriage to Gabi, I’ve learned a few things. This song sums up some of those lessons.”

  • "Something To Do With My Hands" - Thomas Rhett

    Thomas Rhett wrote this one alongside Chris Stapleton and Lee Thomas Miller. When talking about the songwriting session, Thomas said,  “We started the session looking for titles that we had on our phones. Lee brought out this title and we starting writing this song and it just came out and turned into this sort of quick, funny song about doing something with your hands.” The song would be Thomas Rhett’s debut single when he was just 22 years old.

  • "It Ain't My Fault" Brothers Osborne

    “It Ain’t My Fault” was on the Brothers Osborne’s debut album, Pawn Shop, in 2016. It was written by the brothers with Lee Thomas Miller. It was the first song Miller had written with them. And he didn’t even know that the song made the cut to be on the album until it was already out. Check out that story HERE.

  • "People Loving People" - Garth Brooks

    This song was a collaboration between busbee, Lee Thomas Miller, and Chris Wallin. Garth performed the song at the 2014 American Music Awards. The song would be his first single after “un-retiring”.

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