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.
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.