- Western classical music
Joshua Peter "Josh" Kear is an American songwriter. His credits include Lady Antebellum's number-one "Need You Now", for which Kear won the Grammy Award for Song of the Year and Best Country Song at the 53rd Grammy Awards and Carrie Underwood's number-one "Before He Cheats", for which Kear won the Grammy Award for Best Country Song at the 50th Grammy Awards. Both songs were awarded the ASCAP Country Song of the Year. He recently won a Grammy Award for Country Song of the Year with Carrie Underwood's "Blown Away" at the 55th Grammy Awards. Kear had six singles which climbed the country chart in 2012 - "Dancin' Away With My Heart" by Lady Antebellum, (Kissed You) Good Night by Gloriana, "Drunk On You" by Luke Bryan, "Blown Away" by Carrie Underwood, "True Believers" by Darius Rucker and "Two Black Cadillacs" by Carrie Underwood. Singles in 2013 included Tim McGraw and Taylor Swift's "Highway Don't Care", Lady Antebellum's "Goodbye Town", Tyler Farr's "Redneck Crazy" and Frankie Ballard's "Helluvah Life". As of December 2013, Kear has garnered seven Number Ones in his songwriting career. In 2011 Kear was awarded ASCAP's Global Impact Award. He was featured as the cover story of ASCAP's Playback magazine Fall Edition, 2011. Most recently, Kear was award "Songwriter of the Year" at the 2013 ASCAP Country Music Awards, where he was also awarded "Song of the Year", along with Chris Tompkins, for Luke Bryan's "Drunk on You".