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Scott Hendricks (born July 26, 1956) is an American record producer who has produced over 30 country music artists. His productions have garnered 112 Top 10s, and 71 Number One hits.[2] Between 1995 and 1997, he was President and Chief Executive Officer of Capitol Records Nashville. Between 1998 and 2001 he served as President and CEO of Virgin Nashville. He now serves as Warner Music Nashville's Executive Vice President of A&R.[3] Acts for whom Hendricks has produced include Restless Heart, John Michael Montgomery, Brooks & Dunn, Trace Adkins, Alan Jackson, Faith Hill, Blake Shelton, Jana Kramer, Dan + Shay, Michael Ray, William Michael Morgan and Tegan Marie.[2][4]

Scott Hendricks
Born (1956-07-26) July 26, 1956 (age 62)[1]
OriginClinton, Oklahoma, United States
Occupation(s)Record producer
Years active1978–present
Associated acts


Scott Hendricks was born in Clinton, Oklahoma.[5] While attending Oklahoma State University, Hendricks met Tim DuBois (who later would serve as President of Arista Nashville) and Greg Jennings (who later became a member of the band Restless Heart). Hendricks moved to Nashville, Tennessee in 1978, first working as an engineer in a studio owned by Tompall & the Glaser Brothers with legendary producer Jimmy Bowen. Hendricks would also assist producer Barry Beckett in his work with Hank Williams Jr., Alabama, Etta James, and many others.

His first work as a producer came in 1985 when he and DuBois co-produced Restless Heart's debut album.[5] Over the next decade he produced several artists, such as Alan Jackson, Brooks and Dunn, Trace Adkins, Faith Hill, John Michael Montgomery, Steve Wariner, and Suzy Bogguss. In 1991 he founded the music publishing company Big Tractor, whose writers penned “I Saw God Today” for George Strait and “Amazed” for Lonestar.

In 1995, Hendricks was hired as President and CEO of Capitol Records Nashville. There, he oversaw the careers of Garth Brooks and Deana Carter as well as signing Keith Urban, and Trace Adkins.

Hendricks exited Capitol in 1997 and took over as President and CEO of Virgin Records' Nashville division; where he served from its establishment in 1998 until its dissolution in 2001.[6] He then returned to his independent work as a producer. In 2007, Hendricks joined Warner Music Nashville as the Senior Vice President of A&R.

In addition to his A&R duties at Warner, Hendricks’ producing efforts have been instrumental in Blake Shelton's ascent from mid-level act to bona fide star with twenty-five No. 1 singles,[7] including “Hillbilly Bone,” a duet with Trace Adkins which won an ACM Award for Best Collaboration in 2011.

To date, Hendricks has produced a staggering 112 Top 10 hits, with 71 of those hits going all the way to No. 1. In all, he's spent 114 weeks— over two years —at the top of the chart. The stat that he is most proud of is that he has taken 19 different artists to the Top 10, and 13 of which have reached No. 1.

Hendricks rarely contemplates those successes and prefers to credit the artists and songwriters. Nevertheless, Music Row insiders and avid readers of liner notes know him well from his participation in a long line of hits, from Restless Heart's wedding classic “I’ll Still Be Loving You” to the recent, 2 week Dan + Shay No. 1 hit “Tequila.”[2][8]

In addition to all Hendricks' accolades, the artists he's produced have extended him many superlatives over the years. Michael Ray, a more recent collaborator, said in a 2018 interview, “I’m a better singer from working with Scott Hendricks,” he says. “He not only is a producer of mine, but he’s a great friend and a great guy, but for me where he shines as a producer is when it comes to vocals. I always joke with him. In the middle of cutting vocals, I go from loving him to hating him, loving him to hating him. He might say, ‘That was great, but I just didn’t believe it.’ When you leave, you really know that song.” [9]

In April of 2014, Hendricks was promoted to Executive Vice President of A&R at Warner Music Nashville.[10]

Number One Singles[11]Edit

Year Song Artist
2018 Tequila Dan + Shay
2017 I'll Name The Dogs Blake Shelton
2017 Every Time I Hear That Song Blake Shelton
2017 How Not To Dan + Shay
2017 Think A Little Less Michael Ray
2017 A Guy With A Girl Blake Shelton
2016 I Met A Girl William Michael Morgan
2016 From The Ground Up Dan + Shay
2016 Came Here To Forget Blake Shelton
2015 Young & Crazy Frankie Ballard
2015 Nothin' Like You Dan + Shay
2015 Kiss You In The Morning Michael Ray
2015 Gonna Blake Shelton
2015 Sangria Blake Shelton
2015 Lonely Tonight Blake Shelton feat. Ashley Monroe
2014 Helluva Life Frankie Ballard
2014 Neon Light Blake Shelton
2014 My Eyes Blake Shelton
2014 Doin' What She Likes Blake Shelton
2013 Sure Be Cool If You Did Blake Shelton
2013 Mine Would Be You Blake Shelton
2013 Boys 'Round Here Blake Shelton feat. Pistol Annies & Friends
2012 Over Blake Shelton
2012 Drink On It Blake Shelton
2011 God Gave Me You Blake Shelton
2011 Honey Bee Blake Shelton
2011 Who Are You When I'm Not Looking Blake Shelton
2010 All About Tonight Blake Shelton
2010 Hillbilly Bone Blake Shelton feat. Trace Adkins
2009 She Wouldn't Be Gone Blake Shelton
1997 I Left Something Turned On At Home Trace Adkins
1997 (This Ain't) No Thinkin' Thing Trace Adkins
1996 Long As I Live John Michael Montgomery
1996 Heart's Desire Lee Roy Parnell
1996 Home Alan Jackson
1995 I Can Love You Like That John Michael Montgomery
1995 A Little Bit Of You Lee Roy Parnell
1995 Little Miss Honky Tonk Brooks & Dunn
1995 You're Gonna Miss Me When I'm Gone Brooks & Dunn
1995 Sold John Michael Montgomery
1995 It Matters To Me Faith Hill
1994 I'm Holding My Own Lee Roy Parnell
1994 If You've Got Love John Michael Montgomery
1994 Piece Of My Heart Faith Hill
1994 That Ain't No Way To Go Brooks & Dunn
1994 Be My Baby Tonight John Michael Montgomery
1994 She's Not The Cheatin' Kind Brooks & Dunn
1993 Wild One Faith Hill
1993 Tonight I Climbed The Wall Alan Jackson
1993 We'll Burn That Bridge Brooks & Dunn
1993 She Used To Be Mine Brooks & Dunn
1993 I Swear John Michael Montgomery
1993 Tender Moment Lee Roy Parnell
1992 The Tips Of My Fingers Steve Wariner
1992 Dallas Alan Jackson
1992 Neon Moon Brooks & Dunn
1992 Love's Got A Hold On You Alan Jackson
1992 Boot Scootin' Boogie Brooks & Dunn
1991 Someday Alan Jackson
1991 My Next Broken Heart Brooks & Dunn
1991 Brand New Man Brooks & Dunn
1991 Don't Rock The Jukebox Alan Jackson
1990 Wanted Alan Jackson
1990 Here In The Real World Alan Jackson
1990 Chasin' That Neon Rainbow Alan Jackson
1988 Fast Movin' Train Restless Heart
1988 The Bluest Eyes In Texas Restless Heart
1988 A Tender Lie Restless Heart
1988 Wheels Restless Heart
1987 Why Does It Have To Be (Wrong or Right) Restless Heart
1987 That Rock Won't Roll Restless Heart
1986 I'll Still Be Loving You Restless Heart


  1. ^ Frank Hoffman (ed.). Encyclopedia of Recorded Sound. p. 973.
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  4. ^ "Scott Hendricks | Country Music Producer | Biography". Retrieved 2018-06-13.
  5. ^ a b Kingsbury, Paul (2004). The Encyclopedia of Country Music. Sourcebooks, Inc. p. 237. ISBN 9780195176087.
  6. ^ "Nashville Now Virgin Territory With Hendricks". The Hollywood Reporter. 1998-08-12. Retrieved 2008-11-03.
  7. ^ "Blake Shelton Scores 25th No. 1 Single With "I'll Name the Dogs"". 2017-12-18. Retrieved 2018-06-25.
  8. ^ "Scott Hendricks | Country Music Producer | Biography". Retrieved 2017-05-16.
  9. ^ "Michael Ray Continues to Tell His Grandfather's Story on 'Amos'". 2018-06-08. Retrieved 2018-06-13.
  10. ^ "Warner Music Nashville Promotes Scott Hendricks to Executive Vice President, A&R". 2014-04-09. Retrieved 2018-06-14.
  11. ^ "Hendricks Celebrates The Big 5-0". MusicRow - Nashville's Music Industry Publication - News, Songs From Music City. 2012-09-17. Retrieved 2017-05-16.