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Nashville Songwriters Hit Manhattan

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) -- Four Nashville songwriters who penned hits for country superstars such as Leann Rimes, Kenny Chesney and Keith Urban will hit the stage in Manhattan this week to share the stories behind their songs.

"In Nashville, we show up in cubicles, we right every day, and then they get recorded by these amazing singers," songwriter Georgia Middleman told CBS 2's Andrea Grymes. "So basically you hear these songs on the radio, but you don't know where they came from."

The "Nashville to New York" show will be held Tuesday night at the Cutting Room. Middleman, Gary Burr, Marcus Hummon and Maia Sharp will perform.

LINK: "Nashville to New York" ticket info

Middleman wrote Urban's No. 1 single "I'm In." Her husband, Burr, is a member of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. One of his most recent hits is Rimes' "Nothin' 'Bout Love Makes Sense."

"It's a pretty magical thing with a blank sheet of paper and a pencil," Burr said of songwriting. " ... (But) I think what would probably surprise people the most is how quiet it is most of the time. It's two or three people in a room staring off into space."

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