Induction Year: 2009
Birth Name: Kye Fleming
Place of Birth: Arkansas
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Women songwriters in country music have come a long way in the last 30 year's. One of the first and most awarded is Kye Fleming.
Kye Fleming moved to Nashville in 1977, and within a few month's she had begun what would be an amazing 6 year presence at the top of the country charts. That was extraordinary for any songwriter, but for women songwriters in country music it marked a beginning. Kye has been awarded over 42 BMI award's, BMI songwriter of the year in 1981,1982 and 1983, NSAI songwriter of the year 1981 and 1982, BMI song of the year, CMA Triple Play Award as well as multiple CMA, ACM, DOVE and GRAMMY nomination's for various songs.
As a publisher, Kye has mentored and developed young songwriters. She has been thrilled to help many of them realize their own dream's, with a number of ASCAP and BMI awarded songs including Michael Dulaney's ASCAP song of the year by Faith Hill. Publishing songwriters the old way and knowing that success grow's out of close relationship's, mentoring and inspiring writers to listen to their own guidance.
And now, after 30 year's of experience in the business, there is something new to add to her collection of musical hat's. In 2007 Kye was judging a song contest for NSAI, when she heard a talented band from her home state of Arkansas who caught her attention. She coaxed the young trio to move to Nashville, and together they began an exciting adventure. Kye say's her decision to develop and now manage Eden's Edge, is another journey for the absolute joy of it.
So, when asked about her achievements, Kye say's "It's clear to me that life is not about where we've been, it's about where we're going!"
Discography / Career Highlights
Kye has been awarded over 42 BMI award's, BMI songwriter of the year in 1981, 1982, 1983, NSAI songwriter of the year 1981, 1982, BMI song of the year, CMA Triple Play Award, as well as multiple CMA, ACM, DOVE and GRAMMY nominations for various songs:
Smoky Mountain Rain, I Wouldn't Have Missed it for the World, Sleeping Single in a Double Bed, I Was Country When Country Wasn't Cool, Nobody, Kansas City Light's, Give Me Wings.
Some of the artist's who have recorded Kyes songs are:
Barbara Mandrell, Sylvia, The Judds, Kathy Mattea, Suzy Boguss, Wynonna, Crystal Gayle, Amy Grant, Tina Turner, Bette Midler, Janis Ian, Ronnie Milsap, Vince Gill, Willie Nelson, Charley Pride, Steve Wariner, Michael Johnson, and Joe Cocker.