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Famed Songwriter, Producer Dead at 43

Busbee was nominated for a Grammy for his work with Maren Morris
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Sep 30, 2019 4:32 PM CDT
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This Feb. 12, 2017 file photo shows songwriter and producer busbee at the 59th annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles.   (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)

(Newser) – Warner Records says Grammy-nominated songwriter-producer busbee, who co-wrote Maren Morris' breakout hit "My Church" and also crafted songs for Keith Urban, Lady Antebellum, Pink, Shakira, and Florida Georgia Line, has died. He was 43. The record label confirmed his death in a statement released Sunday, but offered no details on the cause of death, the AP reports. Busbee's real name was Michael James Ryan.

Several musicians mourned his death on social media, including Morris, Blake Shelton, Shakira, and Adam Lambert. Busbee helped write top country hits like Keith Urban and Carrie Underwood's "The Fighter," Florida Georgia Line's multiplatinum hit "H.O.L.Y." and Pink's "Try." At the 2017 Grammys, Morris' "My Church" won best country solo performance. The song was also nominated for best country song, a nomination Morris shared with busbee.

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