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Byron Hill

Meet Byron Hill, one of the four featured musicians in our “Songwriters in the Round” concert in The Rialto Room on July 15, 2011. Buy your tickets to the show today at http://www.ticketbiscuit.com/rialtoroom/mainpage.aspx

Byron Hill is from Winston-Salem, NC. Byron moved to Nashville in May of 1978 and signed his first songwriting contract with ATV Music Group in September of 1978. While at ATV, the hits started happening for Byron as a writer with “Out Of Your Mind” by Joe Sun (1979), “Pickin’ Up Strangers” by Johnny Lee (1981), and many other cuts and several smaller singles along the way, including George Strait’s first #1 “Fool Hearted Memory” (1982), and many other early cuts including recordings by artists such as Juice Newton, Conway Twitty, Mel McDaniel, Ricky Skaggs, Margo Smith, and Reba McEntire.

In 1984, after the sale and closing of ATV Music, Byron began four years as an independent songwriter/publisher, having hits with Ed Bruce’s #4 single “Nights” (1985, co-written with Tony Hiller), and the Ray Charles’ single and album title “The Pages Of My Mind” (1986, co-written with J. Remington Wilde), as well as songs recorded by Kenny Rogers, Anne Murray, George Jones, Tom Wopat, and others.

Since 1988, Byron has been a staff songwriter for various companies including Collins Music (now Sony/ATV Music), MCA Music Publishing (now Universal Music Publishing), Reba McEntire’s Starstruck Writers Group (now Warner Chappell Music), and Almo-Irving Music (now Universal Music Publishing). His hits continued with Alabama’s #1 single “Born Country” (1992, co-written with John Schweers); “Alright Already” by Larry Stewart (1993, co-written with JB Rudd); “Lifestyles Of The Not So Rich And Famous” by Tracy Byrd (1994, co-written with Wayne Tester); “High-Tech Redneck” by George Jones (1994, co-written with Zack Turner); “Over You” by Anne Murray (1995, co-written with Tony Hiller); “If I Was A Drinkin’ Man” by Neal McCoy (1996, co-written with JB Rudd); “Politics, Religion And Her” by Sammy Kershaw (1997, co-written with Tony Martin); “The Strong One” by Mila Mason (1998, co-written with Cyril Rawson); “Nothing On But The Radio” by Gary Allan (2004, co-written with Odie Blackmon and Brice Long); “Size Matters” by Joe Nichols (2006, co-written with Mike Dekle); and numerous top-10 hits recorded by 2008 CCMA award-winning Canadian artist Gord Bamford, including “Blame It On That Red Dress” (2007), “Stayed Til Two” (2008), and “Postcard From Pasadena” (2008). Other artists who have recorded Byron’s songs include Randy Travis, Keith Whitley, Rhonda Vincent, Doc & Merle Watson, Trace Adkins, Asleep At The Wheel, John Michael Montgomery, Toby Keith, Gene Watson, Porter Wagoner, Brooks & Dunn, Hank Thompson, Bill Medley, Blackhawk, Highway 101, Jeff Bates, Rhett Akins, The Oak Ridge Boys, Ricky Van Shelton, The Whites, The Seekers, and many others. In 1993 and 1994, Byron was Director of A&R for BNA Entertainment working with a roster of artists that included Marc Beeson, Lisa Stewart, Zack Turner and Tim Nichols (as Turner Nichols), Lorrie Morgan, John Anderson, Doug Supernaw, and Kim Hill (no relation).

Byron’s work as a producer includes product on artists including Jim Seal (1980, NSD Records), Roger Bowling (1981-1982, Mercury Records, Avco Embassy Pictures, select recordings only), Renate Kern (1981, Ariola Records/Germany), Kathy Mattea (1983-1984, Mercury Records), Nancy Wood (1983-1984, Lovelight Records/Germany), and Richard Gachner (1984, WEA/France, Polydor Records/France), Marie Bottrell (BMG Records/Canada, Cardinal Records/Canada), multi-platinum artist Gary Allan (Decca Records), Gil Grand (Monument Records/USA & Canada). Byron currently produces CCMA Award winning Canadian Country artist Gord Bamford (GWB Records/Canada, Royalty Records/Canada), CCMA Award winning Canadian vocal group Hey Romeo, sister duo Missouri Mile, and Mike Dekle (1982-present, NSD Records, Parlay Records, a longtime producer/co-writer association which has resulted in four albums).

For thirty-three years, Byron Hill has been a professional songwriter in Nashville, with songs that have generated more than 650 recordings, earned seventy-seven RIAA certified Gold and Platinum awards, ten ASCAP awards, twenty-nine U.S. and Canadian top-ten chart hits, and numerous hits in other worldwide markets. His songs have been recorded throughout the world, released by artists in England, Ireland, Scotland, Norway, Sweden, France, Germany, Holland, Canada, Australia, and South Africa.

Many of his songs have been used in feature films, television network shows and syndicated television and radio programming including: American Idol (Fox), America’s Most Talented Kids (NBC), America’s New Country, Austin City Limits, B.J. and the Bear, Inside Fame (CMT), Insider (CMT), Power Picks (CMT) Country Music Across America (GAC), Country Music Spotlight, Feed The Children (AOL-TV), Joe Nichols’ My Military Diary (GAC), Later With Greg Kinnear (NBC), Live From The Bluebird Cafe, Music With Altitude (CMT), Most Wanted Live (CMT), On E! (E!), Santa Barbara (NBC), Video Joint, World News Now (ABC), Fox Sports Network (FSN), Live At The House Of Blues (GAC), NFL on Fox (Fox), The Singing Bee (NBC), Cribs (MTV), The Fall Guy (ABC), Car Talk (NPR), Words & Music (WTVF), Headline Country (GAC), The Statler Brothers Show (TNN), Burn Notice (USA Network), The Morning Show with Mike and Juliet (Fox), Knight Rider (NBC), Club Dance (TNN), Celebrities Offstage (TNN, Spike TV), Hee Haw (CBS), Crook & Chase (TNN), Nashville Now (TNN), Music City Tonight (TNN), ABC In-Concert (ABC), Path To Stardom - Hot Country Nights (NBC), The Country Music Awards, The Academy of Country Music Awards, The Canadian Country Music Awards (CBC), Talent Roundup (CMT), Opry Live (GAC), At The Ryman, CMT Greatest Moments (CMT), I Love The 90s (VH-1), The Greatest - 40 Days That Shaped Country Music (CMT), FLW Outdoors, Foxworthy’s Big Night Out (CMT), Coast To Coast (Paramount Pictures), The Exterminator (Avco-Embassy Films, The Soldier (Embassy Pictures), Pink Cadillac (Warner Brothers Pictures), Elvis: Up Close and Personal with Sonny West (Rochford Films), and Lake Effects (Life Out Loud Films).

Byron performs as a singer/songwriter in Nashville and around the southeast. Byron’s own albums are available online at www.cdbaby.com, and at Byron’s website at http://www.byronhillmusic.comwww.cdbaby.com, and at Byron’s website at http://www.byronhillmusic.com.