Progressive songwriter and producer Busbee has died, according to friends on social media. The well-regarded hitmaker has written hits for many of the most influential artists in the last five years, most notably Maren Morris and Keith Urban.
News of the death of Busbee (real name: Michael James Ryan) kicks off at the age of 43 to spread on social media late Sunday night (September 29). Pop singer and songwriter Ross Golan and Morris are the two to confirm the news in tweets. The Georgia line in Florida, Rascal Flatts and Lady Antebellum are three others he has worked extensively with.
A search in the repertoire of the BMI website reveals over 1,000 songwriting credits in the name of Busbee.
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Urban remembers Busbee Keeping his song "The Fighter"
FGL's "Saints" and Garth Brooks's "People Who Love People" are two of his other early credits. it can be found in all albums through 2017 by Carly Pearce and Lady Antebellum, and also produces albums by Lauren Alaina and Morris's two studio projects.
Pierce shared a particularly emotional note on Instagram after learning of his death. Busbee helped her write her breakthrough hit "Every Little Thing."
"You gave my music a place in this world," she says. "I will honor the 2 albums, songs, chats, laughs and memories we've shared over the years. My heart is broken, but the legacy of your talents and your heart will live on in all the performers and people you have touched. And I love you, Busbee. "
The cause of Busbee's death has not yet been revealed, but Golan's note indicates that there was a recent medical diagnosis.
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