Michael Busbee, the producer and songwriter who molded Maren Morris’ country-music career with her debut album, Hero, and co-wrote hits for P!nk, Florida Georgia Line, and Lady Antebellum, has died.
Known professionally as “busbee,” the California native was 43. He passed away from brain cancer.
Morris posted to Instagram, “This just doesn’t seem fair. I will always love you and the songs and albums I was lucky to make with you, Busbee. Rest well, my sweet friend.”
Carly Pearce posted, “Yesterday morning, my mom called me to tell me of the dream she had Saturday night. She said ‘Carly, I had a dream busbee and I were in a room & he was playing piano for me- I told him it was beautiful.’ I learned hours later of his passing. This video is from last nights show. I like to think he was playing along from that same piano. We love you, Buz.”
Busbee collaborated extensively with Lady Antebellum, producing their 747 album and the entirety of their last album, 2017’s Heart Break.