Top Songs Written By Nicolle Galyon

Songwriting heroine Nicolle Galyon was born and raised in Sterling, Kansas. The songstress originally moved to Nashville to become an artist manager but then decided to put all of her focus into songwriting. Warner/Chappell Music welcomed Galyon in 2006 and since then has co-written some of the biggest songs in country music. Galyon is also now a label executive for the female-bred record label Songs & Daughters. Here are some of the songs she has written.

1. “Girls In My Hometown” - Danielle Bradbery

Galyon wrote, “Girls In My Hometown” with fellow songwriters Josh Osborne and Emily Weisband. The song depicts all of the things that bring back memories of her hometown and all of the girls from there. Bradbery sings, “Are they getting married? / Are they getting jaded? / When they think 17 do they think of me and wonder if I made it? / Are they really happy? / Are they making daddy proud? / What makes ‘em cry? / What gets ‘em high? / I think about the girls in my hometown. /

2. “We Were Rich” - Runaway June

Runaway June’s “We Were Rich” debuted on the trio’s record Blue Roses. Written by Galyon, Ashley Gorley, and Ross Copperman, “We Were Rich” encompasses that childhood home feeling wrapped up in nostalgia. The single was first released when Hannah Mulholland was still in the band but then re-released when she left and Natalie Stovall took her slot. The trio makes it clear that life is rich because of memories and the people in it, not because of money.

3. “Tequila” - Dan + Shay

Galyon had a hand in writing American country music’s Dan + Shay. Galyon wrote the song alongside Dan and Jordan Reynolds. Warner Brothers Nashville released the song as the album’s lead single and it reached the Number One slot on Hot Country Songs and Billboard Country Airplay charts. Galyon says, “‘Tequila’ is the biggest for me. We use this metric as writers: What’s the song that you’re going to end a writer’s round with, that really is the zinger” And ‘Tequila’ is that for me. The cool thing about ‘Tequila” is like, if I’m in an airport or no matter where I am, even if people don’t listen to country music, they know about that song. That’s pretty fun, to know that if you had the radio on at some point in the last couple of years, you may have heard that song.”

4. “Consequences” - Camila Cabello

The songstress doesn’t just write country music. Galyon penned “Consequences” for Camila Cabello’s Camila with Cabello, Amy Wadge, Emily Weisband, and produced by Bart Schoudel and Emile Haynie. Recorded at Windmark in Santa Monica, California, the third single off of the record holds poignant lyricism as it won the Best Lyrics Award at iHeartRadio Music Awards in 2019.

5. “Automatic” - Miranda Lambert

Miranda Lambert’s “Automatic” became Galyon’s first Number One single. Written by Galyon, Natalie Hemby, and Lambert, the song boasts a mid-tempo groove with nostalgic guitar, depicts tangible items such as payphones, radios, laundry lines, letters, and sings about everything before it became so automatic. Lambert sings, “Hey whatever happened to / Waitin' your turn / Doing it all by hand / 'Cause when everything is handed to you / It's all only worth as much as the time you put in / In all just seems so good the way we had it / Back before everything became, automatic. /"

6. “Boy” - Lee Brice

Written by Galyon and Jon Nite, Brice released “Boy” on his fourth studio record Lee Brice released in 2017. The song depicts the love that a father has for his son and its lyricism is painted by love, fear, hopes, and everything in between.

7. “anything 4 you” - LANY

Adding to Galyon’s pop catalog is LANY’s “anything 4 you.” The song was written by Galyon, Paul Klein, Jake Goss, and Les Priest, and is featured on LANY’s mama’s boy. The song sings of one’s love for another. Country music isn’t Galyon’s only writing talent. They sing, “I’ll catch a flight, go to the moon / Lay on the floor of your living room / And talk about the things that make you cry / I’ll sell my soul, sell my guitar / Sleep in the back of a beat-up car / Girl, just tell me what I have to do / I’ll do anything for you.”

8. “Half of My Hometown?” - Kelsea Ballerini featuring Kenny Chesney

Kelsea Ballerini’s “Half of My Hometown” sustains a nostalgic simplicity. Galyon joined Shane McAnally, Ross Copperman, Jimmy Robbins, and Ballerini, and the song found a home on Ballerini’s third studio album Kelsea and again on the singer + songwriter’s acoustic collection Ballerini. The song pays homage to Knoxville, Tennessee which is the birthplace of both Ballerini and Chesney. It combats the struggle of not knowing whether to stay in their hometown or leave for something bigger.

Galyon shares, “That song has been a gift to me this year because I’m truly living that life right now, living in my hometown and working in Nashville, and going back and forth. I’ve been putting my kids back in my hometown grade school this year, having the same grade teachers I had, and walking the same streets and all that stuff. I didn’t realize what that song would mean to me a couple of years after we wrote it. And so the fact that it’s a single, I feel like every time I get in my car here in Kansas, which is not very often, because we walk and bike everywhere. But every time I get in my car to drive to the airport to go to work in Nashville, I hear that song on the radio. So ‘Half of My Hometown’ is probably the most on-brand for where I am in my personal life right now.”

Cover Photo Image Credit: Jessica Amerson Photography

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