Congrats to ASCAP Writers Logan Brill and Justin Lantz, Recipients of the 2020 ASCAP Foundation Sammy Cahn Award
October 27, 2020
Logan Brill and Justin Lantz have been awarded the 2020 ASCAP Foundation Sammy Cahn Award for their original song “Break Each Other’s Hearts.”
Logan got the idea for “Break Each Other’s Hearts” after seeing her favorite artist Bonnie Raitt perform in her hometown of Knoxville, TN. Logan says, “After Bonnie sang ‘I Can’t Make You Love Me,’ she reflected on the amount of great songs that would never have been written without the presence of heartbreak.” Logan jotted down the idea, went back to Nashville and immediately pitched it to Justin. “It was one of those days where the stars aligned; the idea was right, the vibe was right, and we let the song kind of write itself.” Logan and Justin are close friends who have been creating together since they first met in 2016.
Logan Brill’s independent sophomore album release Shuteye was critically acclaimed and has been praised by outlets like Billboard, The LA Times, Rolling Stone, The Huffington Post and Taste of Country. She has been defined as having a refreshingly authentic sound, imbued with a “bluesy American grit” (Southern Living) that sets her apart as “a far cry from the slick pop-country of many of her contemporaries” (The Boot). Since 2013, Brill has relentlessly toured North America and abroad, sharing stages with icons like Merle Haggard, Dwight Yoakam and Leon Russell as well as contemporary stars such as Lee Brice, Gary Allan and Sara Evans.
Justin Lantz was born and raised in Montana. His writing is influenced by Radney Foster, Don Mclean, Steve Earle and Don Williams among many others. He moved to Nashville in 1995 and has had songs recorded by artists including Jon Pardi, Kane Brown, Trace Adkins, Joe Nichols, Runaway June, Clay Walker and Logan Brill.
The ASCAP Foundation Sammy Cahn Award commemorates the life and career of the late lyricist Sammy Cahn. Funded by his wife, Tita Cahn, the award is given to a promising lyricist. Read more about the award here.