Tribute to Tennessee Songwriter Kim Williams

When you think of songwriters from Tennessee, you probably think of Kim Williams, one of the most prolific songwriting masters of modern country music.


Tennessee Songwriter Kim Williams Songlife photo
Underlying photo credit Bev Moser

Over the years, I have met hundreds of people who became interested in Country Music because of songs written by Kim Williams, many of them recorded by Garth Brooks.


Today is a tender day for me, as the only daughter, and admitted Daddy’s Girl of Nashville Songwriter Hall of Fame member Kim Edwin Williams.


I had the privilege and honor to hang out with him through thick and thin, before his rise to fame as a songwriter.


In honor of him on this day, here are some highlights from his life and work, a legacy worthy of celebration today and every day.


The Hits –



Some of Dad’s biggest hits were written with Country Super Star Garth Brooks and his close knit circle of songwriters.


But the biggest hit of Dad’s career in terms of reach is probably this song, “Three Wooden Crosses” words and music Kim Williams & Doug Johnson, recorded and made famous by Randy Travis.


The song won every award possible in both Country Music and Christian Music, CMA, ACM and Dove Awarded Song of the Year.


In classic songwriter style, Dad and Doug ran into Charlie Daniels on the evening of their Dove Awarding, and the trio wrote another song that was recorded by Marty Stewart. You’ll see more about that one later…


“Three Wooden Crosses”