Performing solo, Custom House Stage, New Bedford Summerfest, 2006
Photo: Thom C.
December 22, 1968|
Stoughton, Massachusetts, United States
|Genres||Country Folk, Americana|
|Labels||Warner Bros., Signature Sounds, Universal|
In 2016 she was nominated for the Grammy Award for Song of the Year and won Best Country Song for co-writing the hit song "Girl Crush" performed by Little Big Town. In 2017 she again won Best Country Song at the 59th Annual Grammy Awards for "Humble and Kind" performed by Tim McGraw.
McKenna started writing songs as a teenager, and became a professional songwriter at the age of 27, when she was already married and had three children. She began singing at open mic nights in Boston, notably at the Blackthorn Tavern in nearby Easton, and eventually at her own shows. McKenna released four independent CDs: Paper Wings and Halo,Pieces of Me, The Kitchen Tapes, and Bittertown.
In 2004 McKenna signed a publishing deal with Nashville's Harlan Howard Music after Mary Gauthier shared McKenna's Bittertown with Melanie Howard. McKenna gained more attention in 2005, when Faith Hill recorded covers of four of McKenna's songs - three of which (including the title track) appeared on Hill's 2005 release Fireflies.
McKenna parlayed her contribution to Hill's Fireflies into both an appearance on The Oprah Winfrey Show along with Hill, and a record deal with Warner Brothers Nashville. WB soon re-released McKenna's Bittertown on its label. In 2007, McKenna toured with Hill and Tim McGraw on the Soul2Soul Tour, accompanied by singer-songwriter/instrumentalist Mark Erelli and guitarist Russell Chudnofsky.
In addition to her own albums, McKenna has contributed a cover of Peter Gabriel's "In Your Eyes" to the 2005 "High School Reunion" compilation. In 2007, McKenna recorded a cover of Neil Young's "The Needle and the Damage Done" for the American Laundromat Records benefit CD Cinnamon Girl - Women Artists Cover Neil Young For Charity. Also, McKenna helped write "Most of Me", "Latest Mistake" and "Can't You Just Adore Her?" on Mandy Moore's album Wild Hope (2007), and "Everblue" on Amanda Leigh (2009). Lori McKenna's song "Bible Song" from Bittertown was recorded by country artist Sara Evans on her 'Real Fine Place' album released in 2005. Lori also contributed a song titled "I'm Workin'", recorded by Tim McGraw on his Let It Go album, released in 2007, as well as a song titled "True Believer", recorded by Jimmy Wayne on his 2008 album, Do You Believe Me Now.
Unglamorous, was released on August 14, 2007, on Warner Bros. Nashville and McGraw and Nashville producer Byron Gallimore's label, Stylesonic Records. The album yielded two non-charting singles. McKenna parted ways with Warner Bros. in 2008.
Her album, Massachusetts, was released on April 23, 2013.
In 2016, she became one of only five solo women (the others being Jennifer Nettles, Kimberly Perry, Gretchen Peters and K.T. Oslin) to win the CMA award for "Song of the Year" and the first woman to win two years in a row. In 2017, she became the first woman in the 52 year history of the ACM Awards to win "Songwriter of the Year".
|Title||Album details||Peak chart positions||Sales|
|Paper Wings and Halo||
|Pieces of Me||
|The Kitchen Tapes||
|The Bird and the Rifle||
|"--" denotes releases that did not chart|
|2015||Country Music Association Awards||Song of the Year||"Girl Crush" (shared with Liz Rose and Hillary Lindsey)||Won|
|2016||Grammy Awards||Song of the Year||Nominated|
|Best Country Song||Won|
|Academy of Country Music Awards||Song of the Year||Nominated|
|Country Music Association Awards||Song of the Year||"Humble and Kind"||Won|
|2017||Grammy Awards||Best Country Song||Won|
|Best American Roots Performance||"Wreck You"||Nominated|
|Best American Roots Song||Nominated|
|Best Americana Album||The Bird and the Rifle||Nominated|
|Academy of Country Music Awards||Songwriter of the Year||Lori McKenna||Won|
|Song of the Year||"Humble and Kind"||Nominated|
|Americana Music Honors & Awards||Artist of the Year||Lori McKenna||Nominated|
|Song of the Year||"Wreck You"||Nominated|