Brent Baxter grew up writing short stories in his small hometown of Batesville, Arkansas. However, it wasn’t until his sophomore year at Arkansas State University that he first discovered songwriting. Back home over Christmas break, a friend put a melody to a poem Brent had written, and he was hooked.
Brent sharpened his songwriting skills while earning both a bachelor and masters degree in business (MBA). During that time, he was also active in his local NSAI (Nashville Songwriters Association International) chapter. Following college, he joined the local songwriting community while working his day job in Little Rock, Arkansas. In March of 2002, Brent traded his cubicle for a rented room in Nashville. When he wasn’t waiting tables or working in the royalty/administration department of Bluewater Music, he was writing songs and meeting with publishers.
Brent’s first cut came in early 2004, as “Monday Morning Church” was recorded by Alan Jackson. The song went on to become a top five hit, becoming one of NSAI’s ten “Songs I Wish I’d Written.” In early 2005, Brent signed his first publishing deal, becoming a staff songwriter for Major Bob Music. That deal yielded cuts by Randy Travis, Lonestar, and Lady Antebellum, among others.
From 2009 to 2012, Brent wrote for a joint venture of Peer Music and RPM Music, followed by a deal with Infinity Music Group. Those deals yielded cuts by Joe Nichols, Gord Bamford, Andy Griggs, Buddy Jewell, Steve Cropper, Ray Stevens, Charles Billingsley, Randy Kohrs and others.
Currently, Brent is writing for his own company, Cowboy Chords Music. Follow his blog about songwriting and the music biz at, "Man vs. Row" at www.manvsrow.com.