Byron Hill is from Winston-Salem, NC. He 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 chart 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 recordings and singles along the way, including George Strait’s first #1 “Fool Hearted Memory” (1982).
In 1984, after the sale of ATV Music, Byron began four years as an independent songwriter and publisher, having hits with Ed Bruce’s #4 single “Nights” (1985), and the Ray Charles’ single “The Pages Of My Mind” (1986), as well as songs recorded by Kenny Rogers, Anne Murray, George Jones, Tom Wopat, and others. Since then, Byron has been a staff songwriter for various other 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); “Alright Already” by Larry Stewart (1993); “Lifestyles Of The Not So Rich And Famous” by Tracy Byrd (1994); “High-Tech Redneck” by George Jones (1994); “Over You” by Anne Murray (1995); “If I Was A Drinkin’ Man” by Neal McCoy (1996); “Politics, Religion And Her” by Sammy Kershaw (1997); “The Strong One” by Mila Mason (1998); “Nothing On But The Radio” by Gary Allan (2004); “Size Matters” by Joe Nichols (2006); and numerous top-10 hits in Canada recorded by multiple CCMA award-winning Canadian artist Gord Bamford, including “Blame It On That Red Dress” (2007), “Stayed Til Two” (2008), and “Postcard From Pasadena” (2008), “Drinkin’ Buddy” (2009), “Day Job” (2010), “Put Some Alcohol On it (2010), “My Daughter’s Father” (2010), “Hank Williams Lonesome” (2011), “Is It Friday Yet” (2012), “Disappearing Tail Lights” (2012), “Must Be A Woman” (2013), and “When Your Lips Are So Close” (2013) . Other artists who have recorded Byron’s songs include Connie Britton & Charles Esten (from the Nashville series on CMT), Jason Aldean, Mark Chesnutt, Randy Travis, Keith Whitley, Rhonda Vincent, Don Williams, Dionne Warwick, Doc & Merle Watson, Trace Adkins, Asleep At The Wheel, John Michael Montgomery, Toby Keith, Gene Watson, Porter Wagoner, Joe Diffie, Brooks & Dunn, Hank Thompson, Bill Medley, Blackhawk, Highway 101, Jeff Bates, Rhett Akins, The Oak Ridge Boys, Juice Newton, Conway Twitty, Mel McDaniel, Ricky Skaggs, Margo Smith, Reba McEntire, Ricky Van Shelton, The Whites, The Seekers, Hey Romeo, The Grascals, and many others.
During his thirty-eight years as a professional songwriter, Byron’s songs that have generated more than 700 recordings, earned seventy-eight RIAA certified Gold and Platinum awards, ten ASCAP awards, thirty-two 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: Nashville (TV Series-CMT), 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 (Turner Network), 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 (CMT), 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), Behind The Hits (AFN-Armed Forces Network), 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), Gord Bamford’s Christmas In Canada (CMT), George Strait: The Cowboy Rides Away (CMT), and Lake Effects (Life Out Loud Films).
Byron’s work as a producer includes charted singles and albums on 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), Richard Gachner (1984, WEA/France, Polydor Records/France), Marie Bottrell (1991, BMG Records/Canada, Cardinal Records/Canada, select recordings only), three albums on multi-platinum artist Gary Allan (1996-2000, Decca Records), Gil Grand (1998, Monument Records/USA & Canada), CCMA 2011 & 2012 Group Of The Year Hey Romeo (2010-2012, Royalty Records/Canada), the sister duo Missouri Mile (BHP Recordings/USA), The Boom Chucka Boys (2012, Sony Music/Canada), Mike Dekle (1982-2009, Parlay Records, a longtime producer/co-writer association which has resulted in five albums, chart singles, and many covered songs), Michael Cosner (BHP Recordings/USA), and five albums for multiple CCMA Award winning Canadian country artist Gord Bamford (2004-2014, Royalty Records/Canada, Sony Music/Canada). In Canada Byron was awarded the CCMA Producer Of The Year award for 2008, 2010, 2012, and 2013.
Byron is a 2015 Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame nominee, and currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI), and is a staff songwriter at Dan Hodges Music LLC. Byron performs as a singer/songwriter in Nashville and on the road. His own albums are available online at www.cdbaby.com, at Byron’s website at www.byronhillmusic.com, and at many online outlets.