In 1993, Douglas attended a songwriters’ seminar in Austin and he played “Little Rock” for producer/publisher Paul Worley who took some of his songs back to Nashville with him. Sony/ATV/Tree signed Douglas as a staff writer, and in June 1994, “Little Rock,” as sung by Collin Raye, became his first number one hit and was nominated for CMA Song of the Year in 1994. He moved back to Nashville with his family three years later.
He earned his second number-one hit on the pop charts in 1998 with “The Gift” as recorded by and co-written with Jim Brickman. In 2001, Tim McGraw took “Grown Men Don’t Cry” to number one, and subsequently collaborated with Tom on the top three-country hit, “My Little Girl,” which also became the end title for the Fox film, “Flicka,” in 2006. “Love’s the Only House” recorded by Martina McBride reached the top-five on the Country charts followed by another hit, “God’s Will.”
From the summer of 2009 to the summer of 2010, Tom achieved a rare Triple Play Award in which he had three number one hits in a year: Lady Antebellum’s (co-written with the group) “I Run To You,” followed by Tim McGraw’s “Southern Voice” and concluding with Miranda Lambert’s “The House That Built Me.”
In 2010, he also had a single with Lady Antebellum’s “Hello World”. Tom’s song “Raise ’em Up” was #1 for Keith Urban and Eric Church in the spring of 2015. Tom’ s song “The House That Built Me” was nominated for 2010 Grammy Song of The Year and Country Song of The Year and won CMA Song of the Year as well as ACM’s Song of The Year and Single Record of the Year. In that same year, Tom was also nominated for an Oscar and a Golden Globe for the song “Coming Home” featured in the film “Country Strong”. In 2014, Tom’s song “Meanwhile Back At Mama’s” was nominated for the Grammy’s Country Song of the year.
In 2014, Tom was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall Of Fame.
Songs written by Tom Douglas:
Lady Antebellum — "I Run to You," "Hello World"
Miranda Lambert — "The House That Built Me"
Tim McGraw — "Grown Men Don't Cry"
Keith Urban — "Raise 'Em Up”
Tim McGraw — “Southern Voice”
Tim McGraw — “Meanwhile, Back at Mama’s”
Collin Raye — "Little Rock"
Jim Brickman — “The Gift”
Top 10 Songs
Martina McBride — "Love's the Only House"
Tim McGraw — “My Little Girl”
Tim McGraw — “Let It Go”
Lee Ann Womack — “Something Worth Leaving Behind”
Other cuts by: Brett Eldredge, Carrie Underwood, Alabama, George Strait, John Michael Montgomery, Sons of the Desert, Phil Vassar, The Warren Brothers, Yankee Grey and more.