Tom Douglas enjoyed a successful career in commercial real estate before pursuing his lifelong passion for music, attending an enlightening songwriters’ seminar in Austin, Texas in 1993. He played one of his early compositions, “Little Rock”, for publisher and producer Paul Worley, who brought it back to Nashville. Sony/ATV Music Publishing signed Douglas as a staff writer and in June 1994; “Little Rock” recorded by Collin Raye became a number-one hit, earning a nomination for CMA Song of the Year.
He earned his second number-one hit on the pop charts in 1998 with “The Gift” as recorded by and co-written with Jim Brickman. In 2001, Tim McGraw took “Grown Men Don’t Cry” to number one, and subsequently collaborated with Tom on the top three-country hit, “My Little Girl,” which also became the end title for the Fox film, Flicka, in 2006. “Love’s the Only House” recorded by Martina McBride reached the top-five on the Country charts followed by another hit, “God’s Will.” From the summer of 2009 to the summer of 2010,Tom achieved a rare Triple Play Award in which he had three number one hits in a year: Lady Antebellum’s (co-written with the group) “I Run To You” followed by Tim McGraw’s “Southern Voice” (with Bob DiPiero) and concluding with Miranda Lambert’s “The House That Built Me” (with Allen Shamblin). In 2010, he also had a single with Lady Antebellum’s “Hello World” (with Tony Lane and David Lee). Tom’s song (cowriter with Jaren Johnston/Jeffrey Steele) “Raise ’em Up” was #1 for Keith Urban and Eric Church in the spring of 2015.
Tom has had songs recorded by Garth Brooks, George Straight, Brooks & Dunn, Randy Travis, Trisha Yearwood… and the list goes on. Tom’s song “The House That Built Me” was nominated for 2010 Grammy Song of The Year and Country Song of The Year and won CMA Song of the Year as well as ACM’s Song of The Year and Single Record of the Year. In that same year, Tom was also nominated for an Oscar and a Golden Globe for the song “Coming Home” featured in the film “Country Strong”. In 2014, Tom’s song “Meanwhile Back At Mama’s” was nominated for the Grammy’s Country Song of the year. In 2014, Tom was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall Of Fame. Tom continues to impact Nashville’s songwriting landscape, writing songs for contemporary country artists like Brett Eldredge, High Valley, and Parmalee. Chris Janson’s hit single “Drunk Girl” is a recent example of Tom’s lyrical depth and ability to express powerful messages. The soundtrack to the hit TV show Nashville features Tom’s writing, reflecting the significance of his craft in the current world of country music.