Country music has its veterans and Monty Holmes’ 30 year career as a songwriter certainly puts him at the top of the list.
Raised in Texas, it wasn’t until 1983 that Monty up and moved to Nashville in pursuit of becoming a professional songwriter. Over his three decade and counting writing career, he has been employed as a staff writer for Acuff-Rose Publishing Company, Combine Music, Malaco/Peer Music and EMI Music Publishing.
Through this, he has made his mark in the hearts of country music fans, even if they don’t know it. Holmes penned numerous hits for country music legend George Strait, including “I Know She Still Loves Me” and “When Did You Stop Loving Me.” However, it’s “Troubadour” that made all other writers envious of Holmes’ words; it was honored with the “One of the 10 Songs I Wish I Had Written” award by Nashville Songwriter’s Association International.
In addition to George Strait, Holmes has written songs for other legends like Johnny Bush and George Jones and also some newer contemporary acts, including Colt Ford, Sunny Sweeney, Jon Pardi and Kristen Kelly.
As a multiple BMI “million-air,” meaning his songs have over 1 million broadcast performances, Monty will be a legendary first time performer at the Wild West Songwriters Festival.