Meet The Board Jerry Salley

by | 18 Feb, 2023

Jerry Salley

Meet The IBMA Board of Directors – Jerry Salley, Nashville, Tennessee:

  • IBMA Board of Directors
  • Constituency: Recording, Distribution & Marketing

Jerry Salley is referred to by Billboard Magazine as One of Music Row’s greatest veteran tunesmiths. Jerry Salley has had an incredibly successful, multi award-winning songwriting career. Nominated in 2019 for the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, Salley is the 2018 & 2019 IBMA (International Bluegrass Music Association) Songwriter of the Year and was named the 2003 SESAC Country Music Songwriter of the Year.

Jerry Salley

Jerry Salley

Although Salley focuses on songwriting, Jerry is a 2020 Grammy nominated producer in the Gospel Roots category, having produced the award winning, multi-artist Bluegrass Gospel project Gonna Sing, Gonna Shout on Billy Blue Records. He is in high demand as a producer for classic country, bluegrass, Americana, and gospel artists. He also loves sharing his music with his fans, performing approximately 80 shows a year throughout the country. In addition, in 2018 he co-founded and currently heads the highly successful Billy Blue Records record label out of Nashville, Tennessee.

What is your first bluegrass memory?

My earliest bluegrass memory is when my banjo-playing Dad brought home the classic ‘Flatt & Scruggs At Carnegie Hall’ album. He played it over and over and over. Neither he nor I could get enough of it and I fell in love with bluegrass music.