After a sad couple of days in the music industry, we have learned of yet another difficult bit of news. The country music community is mourning the passing of hit songwriter Kenny Beard.
As a writer, Kenny helped define the sound that would become one of country’s most important decades—the 1990s. His pen was extremely vital in establishing the career of Tracy Lawrence. Kenny co-wrote hits for Tracy such as “Today’s Lonely Fool,” “As Any Fool Can See,” “Is That a Tear” and “If the World Had a Front Porch.” He also co-wrote the chest-pounding anthem “Where the Stars and Stripes and the Eagle Fly” with Casey Beathard and the song’s performer, Aaron Tippin, as well as the poignant wedding ballad “Rest of Mine” with Trace Adkins.
In addition to his role as an accomplished and respected songwriter, Kenny was also pivotal in launching the career of Jeff Bates. He co-produced Jeff’s debut album, “Rainbow Man,” and co-wrote the album’s debut single, “The Love Song.”
Kenny’s publishing company biography says that the hit writer hailed from Ringgold, Louisiana. He served in the United States Air Force and was the lead vocalist for the Air Force’s Wild Blue Country band. In his career, he earned seven No. 1 singles and multiple Top 20s.
This beloved member of Nashville’s music industry is survived by his wife and three daughters.