Rodney Clawson took a huge career leap from farmer to songwriter when he began to make trips from his home in Grover, Texas to Nashville Tennessee. Longtime friend, John Rich encouraged Rodney’s writing trips which eventually lead him to his first publishing contract in 2000.
In 2003 he earned his first top 20 song with “I Can’t Be Your Friend” cut by the band Rushlow. This was quickly followed by his first top 5 song “Sweet Southern Comfort” recorded by Buddy Jewel. After this success, Rodney made the decision to leave his farming career behind and move to Nashville to be a full time songwriter.
In the summer of 2006, landed his first number one song with ‘Why’ recorded by Jason Aldean, followed by another number 1 song, “Lost In This Moment” recorded by Big and Rich. In 2007 Rodney had two nominations with CMA Song of the Year with “Lost In This Moment” & ACM Song of the Year with “Amarillo Sky” which was recorded by Jason Aldean. He also wrote two top 5 songs with Faith Hill’s “Sunshine and Summertime” and Jason Aldean’s “Johnny Cash”.
In 2008, Rodney signed an exclusive publishing agreement with Big Loud Shirt, a company owned and operated by Grammy award winning songwriter, Craig Wiseman. In February of 2008, country music legend George Strait released Rodney’s song “I Saw God Today” as the first single off his Troubadour album. “I Saw God Today” became Strait’s highest debuting single of all time and his record breaking 56th #1 song. The song won CMA Single of the Year and was nominated for Best Country Song at the 2009 Grammy Awards.
Rodney took on the role of producer when he recorded some songs on the Jake Owen’s Barefoot Blue Jean Night album and songs on James Wesley’s upcoming release with Broken Bow Records.
Rodney has cuts on the following current releases of Jason Aldean’s Night Train, Blake Shelton’s Based On A True Story, Tim McGraw’s Two Lanes Of Freedom, Luke Bryan’s Tanlines & Tailgates andJake Owen’s Barefoot Blue Jean Night . He also has had songs released on Nickelback, Florida Georgia Line, Montgomery Gentry, Colt Ford, Big & Rich, Saving Abel, Kellie Pickler and Josh Thompson.
The year 2012 turned out to be a good year for Rodney earning him three #1 songs on Country radio, with Blake Shelton’s “Drink On It,” Luke Bryan’s “Drunk On You” and Jason Aldean’s “Take A Little Ride.” He co-wrote the groundbreaking Kenny Chesney & Tim McGraw duet, “Feel Like A Rockstar,” which won the 2012 CMA Vocal Event of the Year. Currently he has several songs on the radio including Tim McGraw’s “Southern Girl” and The Band Perry’s “Don’t Let Me Be Lonely.”
Although it’s early in 2013, Rodney’s already had quite a year. He was nominated for ACM Songwriter of the Year, had 5 songs reach the #1 spot (“One Of Those Nights” Tim McGraw, “Sure Be Cool If You Did” Blake Shelton, “Crash My Party” Luke Bryan, “Get Your Shine On” and “Round Here” Florida Georgia Line). To date, Rodney has had eleven songs to chart at #1.
In his downtime, Rodney likes to participate in fishing tournaments throughout the United States.