The writers chosen for this honor often have careers stretching back to the 1960s, but Mark D. Sanders didn’t really get cooking as a pro songsmith until the early part of the ’90s — after he’d taught at Hillsboro High. He’s certainly made his mark since then, and the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame wasted no time inducting him. The biggest of the biggies he’s known for co-writing is Lee Ann Womack’s inspirational ballad “I Hope You Dance.” Some writers have reputations for getting cuts only with certain kinds of singers, but Sanders’ successes have come with neotraditionalists like George Strait and pop crossover divas like Faith Hill. Dude’s written with everyone from John Rich to Guy Clark, and from Garth Brooks to Alice Randall. (Yes, the same literarily gifted Alice Randall who was the subject of a recent Scene cover story.) More recently, he co-wrote several tracks on Easton Corbin’s downright solid neo-neotraditional debut album. Here’s what you can take away from Sanders’ track record: He seems like the sort of writer for whom good taste is as important as scoring hits.