Connie Bradley, a legendary figure in country music who spent more than 30 years working at ASCAP Nashville, passed away on Wednesday at the age of 75.
Bradley’s death on Wednesday in Fort Myers, Florida, was verified to Tennessee by the performing rights organization.
In a statement, ASCAP President and President Paul Williams noted that Connie Bradley “has been a mentor to many of country music’s best songwriters and has been an indelible part of ASCAP’s history.” She is a well-known country music performer with a big heart and a fiery enthusiasm for the songwriter she adores.
Our thoughts are with her family and the talented songwriters who care about her.
On November 3, 2014, Paul Williams and Connie Bradley presented the Alan Jackson Legacy Award at the 52nd Annual ASCAP Country Music Awards and Dinner.
Bradley is regarded as an influential figure on Music Row by many country musicians. She has worked closely with musicians as the executive director of ASCAP Nashville and assisted in the growth of some of Music City’s most prominent voices. The list of notable songwriters and pop performers signed by the organization during its existence is long and includes Garth Brooks, Reba McEntire, Rodney Crowell, George Strait, Alan Jackson, Dierks Bentley, Rascal Flatts, Brad Paisley, and many more.
She’s one of the best friends a dreamer can have, as Kenny Chesney remarked at the 2019 CMA ceremony honoring Bradley.
Bradley was born on October 1st, 1945, grew up in Shelbyville, Tennessee, went to Mid-Tennessee State University, worked for News Channel 5 and in the mortgage business, and then made a name for himself in the music business. influential professions. Before ascending to the top of ASCAP Nashville, she worked for RCA Records and Famous Music/Dot Records.
Bradley served on a number of boards in Nashville, including the Country Music Association Board of Directors from 1983 to 2012, where she also held the positions of Chair and Board Chair in 1989 and 1990. She has also served on boards for organizations including the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce and the St. Thomas Health Foundation.