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OC native: Grammy nomination a dream come true for songwriter

OC native: Grammy nomination a dream come true for songwriter
Staff Reporter
Obion County native Phillip Coleman has garnered his first Grammy nomination, as a co-writer of the song, “Cost of Livin’”.
He worked on the song with country music superstar Ronnie Dunn, formerly of the hit duo of Brooks & Dunn. The song documents the aftermath of the Goodyear plant closure in Union City.
The Grammy nominees were announced in Nashville earlier this month. The Grammy Awards show will air on CBS Feb. 10, 2013, from Los Angeles.
Coleman, who now lives in Nashville with his wife Catt Gravitt, is actually up for three Grammy Awards.
Coleman’s “Cost of Livin’” song is for a Grammy in the Best Country Solo Performance category. The song is up against five other country songs — Dierks Bentley’s “Home,” Eric Church’s “Springsteen,” Hunter Hayes’ “Wanted,” Blake Shelton’s “Over” and Carrie Underwood’s “Blown Away.”
He is also up for Best Country Song and he worked with Miranda Lambert on “All Kinds of Kind,” which appears on her album “Four the Record.” That album is up for Country Album of the Year.
Coleman told The Messenger this morning he still remembers the night he got the call to inform him that he and Dunn had been nominated for a Grammy for the “Cost of Livin’” song.
“We were eating with friends that night when the nominees were announced. My wife’s friend called and then about 20 minutes later she got another call that I had been nominated as the songwriter for “Cost of Livin’”.
Coleman said that news shocked and surprised him. He likened his nomination to going to the Super Bowl. Coleman said he might not win a Grammy, but just being nominated is quite an honor.
“I just stood up and walked around and then walked by the fireplace,” he said as he described his reaction.
Coleman said he called Dunn to talk about their nominations and Dunn told him, “It’s true, we’re in.”
He said he has dreamed about the Grammys and said the nomination is a “once in a lifetime” experience that he is really looking forward to.
Coleman and his wife will be attending the Grammy Awards in February with Dunn.
“It’ll be an experience,” he said today.
Coleman said when he wrote the song he wondered in the back of his mind about it being nominated for a Grammy Award, and now his dream has come true.
“Inside, I’m pretty excited,” he said.
Even being nominated for a Grammy Award is a major achievement for Coleman, who said it will certainly boost his career as a songwriter. Winning a Grammy Award, well, that’s an achievement that will definitely propel the Union City native further up the ladder as a country songwriter.
A 1983 graduate of Obion County Central High School, Coleman is the son of Kenneth and Carolyn Coleman of the Mt. Pelia community.
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Published in The Messenger 12.17.12