Multi-award winning songwriter and hit-making producer Jeffrey Steele rounds out the panel of accredited celebrity judges/mentors for NBC's "Nashville Star." If you listen to the radio you've heard one of his songs; in fact, Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI) recently awarded the veteran songwriter for over 30 million airplays of his hit songs, recorded by artists such as Montgomery Gentry, Faith Hill, Tim McGraw, Trace Adkins, LeAnn Rimes, Rascal Flatts, VanZant and many other top names in music.
Steele is a hit songwriter and producer with accolades including two-time BMI Songwriter of the Year and Nashville Songwriters Association International's (NSAI) writer of the year for three consecutive years. His country and adult contemporary number one song "What Hurts the Most," recorded by Rascal Flatts, was nominated for a Grammy for the best country song and also received a BMI pop award and was the BMI song of the year in 2007.
Steele is also credited for producing Montgomery Gentry's album "My Town" and "Some People Change" and most recently the Keith Anderson and John Waite projects. He's also hit the road, performing with such artists as Lynyrd Skynyrd, Keith Urban and Brad Paisley. His publishing company 3 Ring Circus Music has also churned out the hits, including "My Wish," "Brand New Girlfriend," "Help Somebody," "Everytime I Hear Your Name," and "Everyday You Saved My Life."
Steele currently lives in Nashville.