Today marks the 3rd death anniversary of one of the finest songwriters of the contemporary country music. Although reports were unsure of the cause of his untimely death, let us remember Elbert Lee West with his legacy and talent of songwriting.
Elbert Lee West, His Legacy as a Songwriter
Born on July 15, 1967, Elbert Lee West was an American country music artist and songwriter. He spent his childhood and most of his career in Nashville, Tennessee. With his budding career, West witnessed his first chart success in the early 1990’s. He was then a co-writer on singles for Texan native and country singer Tracy Lawrence. In addition, he also co-wrote tracks for other artists, namely, Tim McGraw and John Michael Montgomery.
The most well-known songs that West wrote for Lawrence are “Sticks and Stones” and “Can’t Break It to My Heart.” These songs went on to become no. 1 hits and were considered West’s greatest songs as a songwriter.
At the beginning of the 2nd millennium, West then had a deal with a newly formed independent label, Broken Bow Records. Under the recording company, he released his debut album, Livin’ the Life, in the same year. In addition, West co-penned 10 of the album’s 13 singles.
With his debut album, West received good remarks as well as praises from music critics. Most of the songs on the album penetrated the Billboard charts. Erik Hage of AllMusic rated the album a four out of five stars. He said:
“West has a big, husky baritone, a keen songwriting ability, a defiant attitude, and is a major country talent.”
Unfortunately, on May 18, 2015, Elbert Lee West passed away for undisclosed reasons. He was 47.
Let’s have a look again and listen to Elbert West’s “Sticks and Stones” recorded and popularized by Tracy Lawrence:
Also, another no. 1 hit for Lawrence, listen to West’s “Can’t Break It to My Heart” below:
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