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Josh Kear

Born: Oct 11, 1974

Birthplace: Jonesborough

Profession: Songwriter

Nationality: United States

Josh Kear

Date of Birth : Oct 11, 1974
Birth Place : Jonesborough

"Josh Kear" is a Nashville-based songwriter who has become known as one of the country genre’s most consistent hit makers. He has spent nearly thirteen years writing for independent powerhouse Big Yellow Dog Music. In 2007, he had his breakthrough number one song with Carrie Underwood’s massive hit “Before He Cheats” which spent five weeks at the top of the charts. In April 2015, Josh celebrated his 11th number one song "Drinking Class” by country star Lee Brice. Other number one songs include “Highway Don't Care” by Tim McGraw, "Drunk on a Plane” by Dierks Bentley, "Neon Light” by Blake Shelton, both “Blown Away” and "Two Black Cadillacs” by Carrie Underwood, “Helluva Life” by Frankie Ballard and “Drunk On You” by Luke Bryan. “Need You Now” by Lady Antebellum might be considered the signature song of Josh’s career so far. “Need You Now” spent five weeks at number one on the country chart and 14 weeks at number one on the adult contemporary chart. The song went on to earn Josh two of his four Grammy Awards, winning for both Country Song of the Year and Overall Song of the Year in 2011. Josh also won Grammy Awards for Country Song Of The Year for “Before He Cheats” and “Blown Away”.


  • Songwriter

Also known as

  • Joshua Peter "Josh" Kear

Awards Won

  • Grammy Awards for Song of the Year
  • Grammy Award for Best Country Song
  • Academy of Country Music Award for Song of the Year
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