Behind a great song is a great songwriter. And Toby Keith has got one! But this does not mean Toby doesn’t write songs. Of course, he does. However, he has this songwriting partner who has crafted several of his songs that hit and stormed the charts. Well, this would not be possible if it were not because of Scotty Emerick. Interestingly, Emerick celebrates his 45th birthday today. Let’s wish him a happy birthday as we know more about him.

Toby Keith and Scotty Emerick |Photo Credits: zimbio.com

Scotty Emerick: A Performer, A Songwriter

A native of Hollywood, Florida, Walter Scott Emerick or just simply Scotty Emerick was born on July 11, 1973. He is a country music artist best known for his collaboration and work with friend and fellow country music star Toby Keith. As a matter of fact, he penned several of Keith’s chart-topping hits that include “I’m Just Talkin’ About Tonight” (a duet with Willie Nelson), “Beer for My Horses“, “I Love This Bar“, “Whiskey Girl“, and “As Good as I Once Was“. In addition, he also contributed to giving Keith some Top Five hits namely, “Get Drunk and Be Somebody” and “A Little Too Late“. Moreover, Emerick also plays the acoustic guitar and sings backing vocals. To date (April 2018), he is mainly credited for a total of 23 releases of Toby Keith.

Scotty Emerick |Photo Credits: genius.com

Aside from writing top hits for Toby Keith, Scotty Emerick has also helped artists such as Sawyer Brown, George Strait, and other singers alike writing their songs. He began his songwriting career in the mid-’90s. Actually, he was one of the writers of the Top 5 hit, “I Don’t Believe in Goodbye“, which was co-written by Bryan White. As the 2000s approached, he met Toby Keith and their awesome and successful collaboration blossomed. He released several singles, including his collaboration duet with Keith, “I Can’t Take You Anywhere”. Furthermore, he also recorded an album with Keith, his debut album called The Coast Is Clear for DreamWorks Records in 2003. The closure of DreamWorks recording division led Emerick to sign to Keith’s label, Show Dog Nashville. This move created more collaborative works with the country music star.

In 2004, Emerick earned the “Songwriter of the Year” award from the Nashville Songwriters Association.

As a tribute to Scotty Emerick, watch and listen to “I Can’t Take You Anywhere,” his collaborative duet with Toby Keith:

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