Songwriter JT Harding plays "Different For Girls" written for Dierks Bentley; Promotes SMA event

Posted at 4:38 PM, Sep 27, 2016

Nashville songwriter JT Harding is accustomed to chart topping hits. The Grosse Pointe native already had five of them when his sixth topped the charts this week.

“Different for Girls” has been on the fast track since he and frequent collaborator Shane McAnally wrote it less than a year ago. It was picked up by country music superstar Dierks Bentley and recorded by Bentley and pop star Elle King almost before the ink dried on the manuscript.

“Different for Girls” was released in June as a single from Bentley’s eighth album, “Black,” and the song has been climbing to the top since.

JT Harding was back in his hometown this week when he got the good news. He’s here to promote an upcoming fundraising dinner hosted by Channel 7 anchor Stephen Clark for his granddaughter’s foundation “Scarlet’s Smile.”

The foundation is raising money to build a handicap-inclusive playground in Oakland County that is accessible to kids of all abilities and disabilities. His granddaughter was born with a genetic condition called spinal muscular atrophy or SMA, which leaves children with essentially no muscles.

JT Harding will be performing at the gala on October 8th at the Sheraton Hotel Novi. Tickets are available at

Harding sat down this week at WXYZ's Broadcast House with Stephen to talk about his new hit. And he played a few of his old hits and Scarlet’s Smile.