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Passings: Country Songwriter Kenny Beard

by VVN Music

Kenny Beard, a Nashville-based songwriter who had major hits with Trace Adkins, Tracy Lawrence, Aaron Tippin and Jeff Bates, died on Sunday (October 1) from what was reported as natural causes.

Beard was born in Louisiana and moved to Nashville in 1986 to become a songwriter.  He first found chart success four years later with a minor John Conlee hit, Doghouse (1990 / #61 country) but really struck it big in 1992 when Tracy Lawrence recorded his "Today's Lonely Fool", taking it to number 3.  Lawrence's next single, "My Second Home" which he wrote with Beard, Kirk Roth and Paul Nelson, topped the Country Singles chart.

Beard would end up writing a total of five top ten hits for Lawrence before moving on to have hits with Trace Adkins and Aaron Tippin (see below for a list of his hits).

Kenny also did production for Adkins, Jimmy Fortune and others.

In his later years, Beard a minister at his local church and played music at various venues.

He is survived by his wife, Amy, and three daughters.

Kenny Beard's top songs:
  • Today's Lonely Fool (Tracy Lawrence / 1992 / #3 Country)
  • My Second Home (Tracy Lawrence / 1993 / #1 Country)
  • As Any Fool Can See (Tracy Lawrence / 1995 / #2 Country)
  • If the World Had a Front Porch (Tracy Lawrence / 1995 / #2 Country)
  • Is That a Tear (Tracy Lawrence / 1997 / #2 Country)
  • The Rest of Mine (Trace Adkins / 1997 / #4 Country)
  • Where the Stars and Stripes and the Eagles Fly (Aaron Tippin / 2001 / #2 Country)
  • The Love Song (Jeff Bates / 2003 / #8 Country)