Brooks, Yearwood hail Songwriters Hall inductees
Trisha Yearwood is accompanied by her husband, Garth Brooks, as she sings "Wind Beneath My Wings," a song written by Larry Henley, as Henley is inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame on Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Kim Williams hesitated only slightly when asked who he thinks has been the best interpreter of his songs before the start of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame induction ceremony.
"That's tough, but I'd say it would have to be Garth Brooks because I wrote them with him," Williams said. "He was part of the songs, too, before he sang them. We had so much fun writing together."
They had a load of fun together Sunday night, too.
Kim Williams, left; Larry Henley, second from left; Mary Chapin Carpenter, second from right; and Tony Arata, right; pose together before they are inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame on Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
Brooks and his wife Trisha Yearwood were on hand to help celebrate this year's inductees — Williams, Tony Arata, Mary Chapin Carpenter and Larry Henley. Brooks saluted Williams and Arata, while Yearwood paid tribute to Carpenter and Henley, the writer of the enduring hit "The Wind Beneath My Wings."
"Over 200 artists have recorded 'The Wind Beneath My Wings,' so it's kind of how do you do a new twist?" Yearwood said before the ceremony. "And with Chapin, I've just known her a long, long time, so it was a no-brainer when she asked me. It's the Garth and Trisha show and we're just going to have a good time."
Mary Chapin Carpenter, left, talks with Garth Brooks, right, and Trisha Yearwood before the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame inductions on Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012, in Nashville, Tenn. Carpenter is one of the inductees. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
Brooks sang "New Way To Fly," ''Papa Loved Mama" and "Three Wooden Crosses" to Williams during a moving and hilarious induction speech, then sang Arata's "The Dance." The appearance comes a year after Brooks' own induction.