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Grad Nominated For Grammy

Grad Nominated For GrammyDarrell Scott receives the ‘Best Country Song’ nomination, honoring a track he wrote for the Dixie Chicks. New York City.

Boston [02.21.03] On Sunday night, the music industry's biggest names will gather in New York City for the 45th annual Grammy Awards. Much to his surprise, Darrell Scott will be among them. Nominated for a songwriting award for the Dixie Chicks' "Long Time Gone," the accomplished Tufts graduate says he never expected his passion for music to make him a hit songwriter.

"I never thought I was here to get cuts," Scott told the Tennessean. "I know that's an obvious byproduct you want to happen, but it was never anything I set out to do."

Though not his goal, writing hit songs is something at which Scott has succeeded. He has authored numerous big-label cuts, including "When No One's Around" for Garth Brooks, "Heartbreak Town" for the Dixie Chicks, and "You'll Never Leave Harlan Alive" for Patty Loveless.

The Tufts graduate also wrote "Born to Fly" for Sara Evans, his first number one song on the Billboard country chart. Other hits include "It's a Great Day to Be Alive" performed by Travis Tritt -- the second most played country song of 2001.

A nod from the Grammy committee will not be the first time Scott has received recognition for his work. He was the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) Songwriter of the Year for 2002, and the Nashville Songwriter Association International (NSAI) Songwriter of the year for both 2000 and 2001.

But despite being a major player in country music, Scott says he doesn't listen to mainstream country radio.

"That's what I need in order to do my work," Scott told the Tennessean. "I don't want it to influence what I'm up to."

Instead, Scott seeks out other influences for his music. The songwriter said that while at Tufts, he participated in a range of activities, and even performed in school plays.

"[At Tufts] I studied a lot of poetry and read a lot of literature and opened up the whole world of the Humanities that had been no part of my world as a honky tonk youngster," Scott - who grew up in Illinois -- told Puremusic. "I was having the time of my life."

Despite these varied interests, Scott always returned to music as an artistic outlet - and a way to earn cash.

"Toward the end of my college, [music] was an easy way to make money," he told Puremusic. "So I started creeping into the honky tonk scene in Boston, to play all night and make my $75. I played some great music up there, and played some really disgusting music, too."

Scott never could have imagined that his ‘honky tonk' beginnings would lead to a trip to the Grammy Awards - which air Sunday night at 8 p.m. on CBS.

"Only in fantasy," the Tufts graduate told the Tennessean. "Much like if you're a high school kid shooting baskets, you think you're shooting a basket at the buzzer - that kind of mind-play. I'm really happy for the success. It's not the reason I did it. It's almost like its incidental. And I have this feeling it will go as quickly as it came - judging from how this industry works. I hope to enjoy it while it's going."


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