Nashville music trailblazer Connie Bradley has died

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Connie Bradley and Jerry Bradley in their Forrest Hills home in 2019.

Connie Bradley, a country music industry leader who spearheaded ASCAP Nashville for more than 30 years, died Wednesday at 75. 

The performance rights organization confirmed Bradley’s death Wednesday with The Tennessean.

“Connie Bradley was a mentor to so many of country music’s greatest songwriters and an indelible part of ASCAP’s history,” Paul Williams, ASCAP chairman and president, said in a statement. “She was a maverick leader in country music with an enormous heart who passionately advocated for the songwriters she loved so much.

“Our hearts go out to her family and the large community of songwriters who loved her.”

Paul Williams, left, and Connie Bradley, right, present Alan Jackson with the Heritage Award at the 52nd annual ASCAP Country Music Awards show and dinner Nov. 3, 2014.

Many in country music considered Bradley an inspiring force on Music Row. At ASCAP, she took personal stake in artists, aiding in developing of some of Nashville’s leading voices. The organization signed during her tenure a number of defining songwriter and hitmakers: Garth Brooks, Reba McEntire, Rodney Crowell, George Strait, Alan Jackson, Dierks Bentley, Rascal Flatts, Brad Paisley … and the list goes on. 

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