Tom Douglas

Induction Year: 2014

Birth Name: Thomas Stevenson Douglas

Birth Date: 01-27-1953

Place of Birth: Atlanta, Georgia

Tom Douglas is the son of a steel salesman, who was also a part-time musician. He learned to play piano as a youngster in Atlanta, but put music aside when he attended Oglethorpe University.

After graduating with his MBA from Georgia State University in 1977, Douglas sold advertising in his hometown. Still drawn to music, he quit his job at age 27 and relocated to Nashville two years later. After four years of futility in Music City, Tom and his wife moved to Dallas, where they raised a family, and he enjoyed a successful, 13-year career in commercial real estate.

In 1993, at a songwriting seminar in Austin, Douglas played “Little Rock” for producer Paul Worley. The following year, the song was a Country hit for Collin Raye and nominated for CMA Song of the Year.

Three years later, Douglas and his family moved back to Nashville, and more hits followed. “The Gift” by Collin Raye w/ Jim Brickman & Susan Ashton earned a 1998 Dove Award for Pop/Contemporary Song of the Year. "I Run To You" by Lady Antebellum earned the 2009 CMA Single of the Year. “The House That Built Me” by Miranda Lambert earned the 2010 NSAI Song of the Year, the 2010 CMA Song of the Year and the 2011 ACM Song and Single of the Year.

Other Tom Douglas songs include “Love’s The Only House” by Martina McBride, "Hello World" by Lady Antebellum, and the Tim McGraw hits “Grown Men Don’t Cry,” “My Little Girl,” “Let It Go,” “Southern Voice” and “Meanwhile Back At Mama’s."

He and McGraw are the co-authors of the 2008 children’s book My Little Girl, which won a Mom’s Choice award. Also in 2008, Douglas issued the educational DVD Songs and Short Stories: Tom Douglas, which features him performing and sharing background information about seven of his best-known songs.

"23 Degrees And South"

(written with Hillary Lindsey, Gordie Sampson)

Billy Currington 2013 

"Another Nine Minutes"

(written with Billy Crain, Tim Ruppert)

Yankee Grey2000 #15 country , #74 pop

"Back There Again"

Blake Shelton2007 

"Forever Changed"

(written with Hillary Lindsey, James T. Slater)

Carrie Underwood2012 

"Four Down And Twelve Across"

(written with Dean Dillon)

George Strait2003 

"God's Will"

(written with Barry Dean)

Martina McBride2005 #16 country, #85 pop

"Grown Men Don't Cry"

(written with Steve Seskin)

Tim McGraw2001 #1 country, #25 pop

"Hello World"

(written with Tony Lane, David Lee)

Lady Antebellum2011 #6 country, #58 pop

"Hey Mr. President"

The Warren Brothers2003 #28 country

"I Got A Car"

(written with Keith Gattis)

George Strait2013 #23 country

"I Run To You"

(written with Dave Haywood, Charles Kelley, Hillary Scott)

Lady Antebellum2009 #1 country, #14 adult contemporary, #27 pop

"Leaving October"

(written with Drew Womack)

Sons Of The Desert1998 #31 country
Drew Womack2004 

"Let It Go"

(written with Aimee Mayo, Bill Luther)

Tim McGraw2008 #2 country, #47 pop

"Little Rock"

Collin Raye1994 #2 country

"Love Remains"

(written with Jim Daddario)

Collin Raye1997 #12 country

"Love's The Only House"

(written with Buzz Cason)

Martina McBride2000 #3 country, #42 pop


(written with Kenny Chesney)

Kenny Chesney2013 

"Meanwhile Back At Mama's"

(written with Jaren Johnston, Jeffrey Steele)

Tim McGraw w/ Faith Hill2014  #7 country, #41 pop

"Melancholy Blue"

(written with Harlan Howard)

Rebecca Lynn Howard2000 
Trisha Yearwood2001 

"My Little Girl"

(written with Tim McGraw)

Tim McGraw2006 #3 country, soundtrack: Flicka, #15 adult contemporary, #35 pop

"On This Winter's Night"

(written with Dave Haywood, Charles Kelley, Hillary Scott, Kristin Wilkinson)

Lady Antebellum2012 

"Raise ’Em Up"

(written with Jaren Johnston, Jeffery Steele)

Keith Urban w/ Eric Church2013 

"Something Worth Leaving Behind"

(written with Brett Beavers)

Lee Ann Womack2002 #20 country

"Southern Voice"

(written with Bob DiPiero)

Tim McGraw2009 #1 country, #49 pop

"The Gift"

(written with Jim Brickman)

Collin Raye w/ Jim Brickman & Susan Ashton1997 #3 adult contemporary, #51 country
Peabo Bryson w/ Roberta Flack1999 

"The House That Built Me"

(written with Allen Shamblin)

Miranda Lambert2010 #1 country, #28 pop

"This Is My Life"

(written with Phil Vassar)

Phil Vassar2007 #35 country

"We Made Love"

(written with Billy Kirsch)

Alabama2000 #63 country
Kenny Rogers w/ Linda Davis2009  (as “When We Made Love”)

"When She's Gone, She's Gone"

(written with Wayland Holyfield)

Brooks & Dunn2001 

"Where Does It Hurt"

(written with Brad Warren, Brett Warren)

The Warren Brothers2001 #33 country

Tom Douglas

Induction Year: 2014