One of Luke Laird’s first contacts in Nashville was a songwriter by the name of Bill Luther. Luther has written songs for artists such as Kenny Chesney (“Who You’d Be Today”) and JoDee Messina (“Was That My Life”). Luther then introduced Laird to Chris Oglesby who was working at BMG Music Publishing at the time. Chris Oglesby was the first publisher to show real interest in Laird’s songs, and after playing for him for about two years, Oglesby offered Laird his first publishing deal.
During one of Laird’s co-writes with Luther, Luther mentioned that hit songwriter Hillary Lindsey might be a perfect fit to help them finish a song that they were working on. That same day, they wrote multiple songs, one being “Painless”, which ended up being recorded by Lee Ann Womack. That was his first released cut.
Laird celebrated his first number 1 single alongside co-writers Hillary Lindsey and Carrie Underwood. Laird, Lindsey, and Underwood co-wrote Underwood’s lead single, “So Small” from her sophomore project, Carnival Ride. The single, “So Small” went through many stages after Laird, Lindsey and Underwood wrote it. Carrie recorded it, released it as a single and then made a video for it. Another single released by Underwood, “Last Name,” was written by Laird along with Underwood and Lindsey again. The single is Underwood’s third single from Carnival Ride. Aside from his three cuts on Carrie’s CD (“So Small,” “Last Name” and “Twisted”) Laird also had a cut on both Rascal Flatts’ and Tim McGraw’s albums. Tim McGraw recorded “Put Your Lovin’ On Me” and Rascal Flatts cut “Help Me Remember.”