Song News (March 2017)

MARCH 1, 2017 (UPDATED) – On March 9th, the mid-season finale of the CMT series Nashville (Season 5: Episode 11) featured a song written by Byron Hill and Ian Janes, performed by co-stars Connie Britton (as Rayna) and Charles Esten (as Deacon). The recording continues to move up the iTunes chart. Byron will be in the studio this month working on the second EP for  Michael Cosner. Michael has been opening shows during the last year for Bill Anderson, The Malpass Brothers, Mickey Gilley, Tim McGraw, Joe Diffie, BlackHawk, The Time Jumpers, and many others.  Jennica Scott and Jeremy Burchard, better known as the duo Moonlight Social have been in the studio recording a song co-written with Byron for their upcoming project. The song was also awarded semi-finalist in the country category in the 2016 International Songwriting Competition (ISC). Moonlight Social moved from Austin, TX to Nashville last year. Arkansas native Kelsey Lamb is in the studio with producer Bill McDermott putting finishing touches on a song she co-wrote with Byron. Kelsey’s career has included writing music for several Hallmark Channel movies, acting in supporting roles in several feature films, and performing with Alan Thicke in 2015 and 2016. Canadian singer/songwriter Becca Hess has been recording in Vancouver for her next album, and has cut two songs she co-wrote with Byron Hill and Roger Brown for the project. We’re pretty stoked to hear that Mac Gayden is planning to record a song he co-wrote with Byron for his next album, and at least one star/guest musician has been mentioned to be involved. Only three months left for Alabama fans to see the Alabama: Song Of The South exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame. The exhibit runs through June 12, 2017, and includes the original, handwritten manuscript for Alabama’s iconic hit “Born Country,” written by Byron Hill and John Schweers. WJO/Universal Music Australia artist Brad Butcher will be going in the studio in April to record a few songs he co-wrote with Byron. On March 1, Canadian singer and 2016 Edmonton Music Award winner Colleen Rae released ‘For Rich Or For Poor’ (Rae/Hill) as a single. As reported last month, Austin based Drew Fish Band  released ‘Sounds Like A Plan’ (Hill/Brown/Grimes) in the Texas Music market on January 20th. As of March 15, the single is at #40 on the CDX Traction chart, and #35 on the Texas Regional Radio chart. Thank you goes out to The Kyle Bourgault Band for recording the song ‘Better Every Beer’ (Hill/Yates), and already gaining airplay on 100.9 The Cat, 88.3 The Saint around New York’s capital region and beyond! More details coming soon as we update this page!

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