Producer Scott Hendricks celebrates 50th No. 1 country hit
Renowned Nashville producer and Oklahoma native Scott Hendricks, who is Warner Music Nashville senior vice president of A&R, celebrated his 50th No. 1 with Blake Shelton’s most recent hit single, “Over.” Friends, family and artists gathered to mark the remarkable milestone Thursday at a surprise party at Warner Music Nashville’s offices on Music Row, according to a news release.
Fellow Oklahoman Shelton is only one of the many artists Hendricks has worked with over his prestigious career. Since taking the helm of Warner Music Nashville’s A&R office, the Clinton native has produced the Tishomingo resident’s last three studio records, including Shelton’s Grammy-nominated album, “Red River Blue,” and his seven consecutive No. 1’s
Among guests in attendance to congratulate Hendricks, who attended Oklahoma State University before moving to Nashville, were Shelton, former Tulsan Ronnie Dunn and Naomi Judd. Nashville Mayor Karl Dean presented Hendricks with a Certificate of Recognition Award honoring his many years of service to Nashville, according to the release.
Several friends and colleagues also took the Warner Music Nashville patio stage to present plaques to Hendricks in honor of his astounding accomplishments, including Butch Waugh on behalf of the Academy of Country Music, Steve Moore on behalf of the Country Music Association, Bill Mayne on behalf of the Country Radio Broadcasters and Lon Helton on behalf of Country Aircheck.
Susan Stewart on behalf of The Recording Academy, Jody Williams on behalf of BMI, Tom Luteran on behalf of EMI Publishing and Marv Green on behalf of This Music all spoke about Hendricks’ kind and supportive nature, sense of humor and humble gratitude for those that he’s worked with over the years. Hendricks also received special video messages from multi-platinum country recording artist Deana Carter and VP and Managing Executive at ASCAP Tim Dubois, a Grove native.
When asked to describe what the night meant to him, Hendricks said in the release, “It was an overwhelming and humbling night to say the least. This was not possible without a lot of help from so many people starting with my family, the songwriters, publishers, musicians, engineers and the efforts of the labels to promote it. I have truly been blessed far more than what I deserve.”
It’s interesting that Hendricks last seven chart-toppers have been scored by an Oklahoma native – Shelton – since his first seven No. 1′s came courtesy country band Restless Heart, which included Oklahoma natives Paul Gregg, Dave Innis and Greg Jennings. He also produced several hits for Brooks & Dunn, Dunn’s former duo with Kix Brooks.
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