Award-Winning Country Songwriter Arrested On Felony & Misdemeanor Charges

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Well-known Nashville songwriter Matt McGinn was arrested Saturday (Oct. 28) on two felony charges and one misdemeanor charge, according to Country Now.

According to court documents, Matthew McGinn, 35, was booked on kidnapping, attempted aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, and violation of an order of protection charges. He was released on $12,500 bond.

The charges stem from an order of protection placed against him by his girlfriend, Carly Strickland, who claimed that the two got into a verbal disagreement at his home.

“He got escalated and began to throw my objects down the stairs, push me down to the ground, and then push me up against a wall,” Strickland wrote in the protective order. “He demanded that I could not leave. He started to threaten my dog”  by saying ‘I will strangle this m********** and “I will kill this b**** to hurt you.”

Strickland added that she asked McGinn to “get away,” but he “would not take no for an answer.”

“He then began to threaten me by saying ‘I want you to die,’ ‘I will kill you first,’ and ‘listen to me m**********.’ He was punching items around me and, at one point, even took off his shirt and wrapped it around my body. He asserted that I would be ‘allowed to leave’ when he was ‘done with [me].’ I was terrified. I fled to my car to try and leave, but his car was parked at the top of the driveway, leaving me unable to exit.”

Strickland then called the police and McGinn let her leave and she filed a police report.

Matt McGinn is scheduled to appear in court on Tuesday, November 7.

Matt McGinn has written songs recorded by Tim McGraw, Dustin Lynch, Blake Shelton, Kane Brown and more. In 2018, McGinn was given Song of the Year honors by the SESAC for Kane Brown’s “Heaven.” He was also named Songwriter of the Year that year and again in 2020.