Singer-songwriter Dave Berg has signed a worldwide co-publishing agreement with Los Angeles and New York-based Downtown Music Publishing, and his upcoming full length album Not Quite So Alone will be released by Downtown imprint Mercer Street Records.
Berg’s credits as a country songwriter include the No. 1 hits “Somebody” by Reba McEntire, “If You’re Going Through Hell (Before the Devil Even Knows)” and “These Are My People” by Rodney Atkins, and “Moments” by Emerson Drive. He has received Songwriter of the Year honors from ASCAP, Billboard, and NSAI. In 2007, his co-written song “Stupid Boy” recorded by Keith Urban, earned a Grammy for Best Country Vocal Performance. Recent activity includes “Wine After Whiskey” which appears on Carrie Underwood’s latest album Blown Away, and “While He Still Knows Who I Am,” which Kenny Chesney cut for Welcome to the Fishbowl.
“Dave is simply an extraordinary talent,” said Justin Kalifowitz, President of Downtown Music Publishing. “In addition to writing some of the biggest Country hits of the past five years, Dave’s latest album is a testament to his craft as a true singer/songwriter. We are excited to be working with Dave and his management team of Martha Earls and Mike Molinar at Big Machine.”
Earls and Molinar will continue to represent Berg locally in Nashville.
Feeling very blessed to be a co-writer with Georgia Middleman and Tom Douglas on the song “While He Still Knows Who I Am,” just released on Kenny Chesney’s new album Welcome to the Fishbowl.
They really cut a beautiful record… check it out here:
Hey guys, just wanted to let you know that a song I’m really proud of, co-written with Carrie Underwood and Tom Shapiro, has been cut on Carrie’s new record Blown Away.
Check it out: Carrie Underwood – Wine After Whiskey
By Erik Philbrook with Alison Toczylowski
You might think being a stunningly successful Country songwriter at the peak of his career would be enough to keep a guy satisfied, but you haven’t met Dave Berg. His songwriting credits include the No. 1 Country hits “Somebody” by Reba McEntire, “If You’re Going Through Hell (Before the Devil Even Knows)” and “These Are My People” by Rodney Atkins, and “Moments” by Emerson Drive. He was named the ASCAP Country Songwriter of the Year in 2008, the Billboard and NSAI Country Songwriter of the Year in 2007, and wrote the 2007 Billboard and ASCAP Country Song of the Year. Another of Berg’s hits, “Stupid Boy,” was recorded by Keith Urban and earned a Grammy Award for Best Male Country Vocal Performance. In addition to writing for others, Berg has recorded and released three solo albums, Three Perfect Days (1999), Surface (2003) and Not Quite So Alone (2011).
In 2010, with enough laurels to last a lifetime, Dave Berg disappeared into his home to write the album he always wanted to — something no career planner would have advised him to do.
Now, with the release of his third and most fully-formed solo album, Not Quite So Alone, Dave has carved out an independent — yet parallel — space away from the Nashville world he has called home for more than a decade. And the results, while stunning, are unlikely to surprise anyone that’s familiar with the honest and earthy work he’s done with artists ranging from Reba McEntire to Darius Rucker, and Jewel to Keith Urban. “I just like music that’s real”, he says “whether it’s delivered in the form of pop, rock, country or hip hop makes no difference to me.”
New York, NY, October 17, 2011: ASCAP (the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) and America SCORES are pleased to announce that Country music songwriter Dave Berg will participate in the ASCAP Songwriter Residency @ America SCORES, a mentorship program that provides a platform for songwriters to engage and inspire elementary and middle school students in under-resourced neighborhoods.
Berg will lead songwriting classes with America SCORES students at Jefferson Elementary (4315 Cardwell Drive, St. Louis, MO 63121) on October 24 and 25, 2011. Berg and the students will then go to Shock City Studios (2200 Gravois Ave., Suite 100, St. Louis, MO 63104) on October 26, 2011 to record the song. The finished song will be included on a special compilation CD that ASCAP produces and distributes to each of the schools involved with the program, as well as to music industry influencers.
Commenting on the program, Berg said: “I’m really looking forward to the ASCAP @ America SCORES program in St. Louis. I feel honored to be a part of it. Music is such a powerful thing and I truly believe it can be a life changer. It was for me. I can’t imagine how tough it is for some of these kids, and this program gives them a voice that can provide a spark for their spirit that will inspire far beyond the music itself.”
EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: You can’t throw a rock in Nashville with out hitting a songwriter, but there’s only a handful on the level of Dave Berg. The Oregon native has been a consistent hit-maker with cuts like “Somebody”, Reba McEntire, “If You’re Going Through Hell (Before the Devil Even Knows)” and “These Are My People”, Rodney Atkins, and “Moments”, Emerson Drive. But about a year ago he decided to recharge so to speak, and get back to the things that got him into this business in the first place. The result is his smart, new roots rock album “Not Quite Alone”. Delivered with a Tom Petty meets Al Stewart feel, Berg exposes himself in songs like “Wide Open” and “Believed In” and there’s not a bad song on the album. Nashville.com recently caught up with Berg to find out how that last year has been.
Nash: You’re a very successful songwriter and it would be pretty easy to just kick back and reap the rewards of that and not have to support an album. Why did you decide to do this?
Berg: I don’t know if this is something that I wanted to do more than something I just kind of needed to do. I’ve been fortunate enough to have a little success so it’s nice to be able to crawl off into a place that was driving you to get into this business in the first place.