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Billy Yates Website: http://www.billyyates.com E:Mail: toocntry@bellsouth.net
After moving to Nashville in 1987 with only 10 or 15 songs ......that this talented songwriter, considered any good...... came the George Jones hit and 1993 CMA Vocal Event of the Year, "I Don't Need Your Rockin' Chair" along with the title cut of that same album, "Walls Can Fall". Getting George Jones to record one of your song's is something special for any songwriter. To achieve that distinction after having only around a dozen songs to choose from, I find most incredible!! Since then, Billy has had four more song's recorded by Jones. One of them being the Grammy nominated hit "Choices", along with other cuts by George Strait, Kenny Chesney, Sara Evans and Gary Allan, just to name a few. He's thankful for all of his successes, but Billy never abandoned his desire to become a recording artist. It's what he went to Nashville to do.
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Charlie Landsborough
Singer songwriter Charlie Landsborough has eventually achieved recognition after struggling for nearly three decades. He worked as a teacher amongst other things, as he continued to write and perform on a semi-pro basis, and by 1984 began to feel that his ambitions might not materialise. However, one song in particular was to transform his life. Charlie wrote "What Colour is the Wind" which tells the story of a young blind child's attempts to envision the world. As a result of Gerry Anderson playing the track on radio in Northern Ireland, the song came to the notice of chat show host Pat Kenny in Dublin, who invited Charlie to perform on his immensely popular Kenny Show Live (RTE January 1995). The programme received its biggest ever response following Charlie's appearance, and a week later Charlie's album, also called What Colour is the Wind, was suddenly at number one in the Irish charts...........more
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Hank Cochran
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Hank Cochran, who wrote his first song at the age of 13, has had his songs recorded by an impressive list of artists that includes; Patsy Cline, Ray Price, Lynn Anderson, Eddy Arnold, Chet Atkins, Johnny Cash, Ernest Tubb, Don Gibson, Vern Gosdin, Merle Haggard, Emmylou Harris, Waylon Jennings, Loretta Lynn, Reba McEntire, Wayne Newton, Buck Owens, Elvis Presley, Junior Brown, Ty Herndon, Tracy Byrd, LeAnn Rimes, George Strait, Lee Ann Womack, George Strait, Daryle Singletary & Wade Hayes among many others in other genre's of music and he has consistently held top charting positions for the last 5 decades. He was inducted into the Country Music Foundation's Walkway of Stars in 1967 and the Nashville Songwriters' Association International Hall of Fame in 1974.
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Paul Overstreet
When it comes to Country Music songwriters, they don't come any finer than Paul Overstreet. The man has written classic after classic and had them recorded by country artists like, Mel Tillis, Randy Travis, George Jones, Keith Whitely, Michael Martin Murphey, Tanya Tucker, Alison Krauss and The Forrester Sisters to name but a few, as well as seeing pop success via Irish boy band, Boyzone's lead singer, Ronan Keeting with "When You Say Nothing At All."
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Dixon Devore II
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A former New York staff writer, Dixon wrote "special" material for New York nightclub acts. He has also written and won awards for the music plays he has done in the children's field, some of which have been produced and performed at various elementary schools around the U.S. He has been named Music Director of a Made For TV Film with a circa 1940's setting and has had a song recently used in a TV Sitcom Pilot. .Much more than your average songwriter, Dixon DeVore II is so versatile, he can come up with the goods whether you are looking for country music, songs for special occasion's (his 21 track CD, "Songs For A Wedding" is sure to provide a song for that very special occasion) or music and stories to keep the kids entertained.

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Max D. Barnes

Max D. Barnes has become known as one of Nashville's finest songwriter's. Max was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1992, and is probably best known for songs like, "Thank God For The Radio" a #1 for The Kendalls, 'Chiselled in Stone' a hit for Vern Gosdin back in 1987, 'Look at Us' a massive hit for Vince Gill and who can forget the George Jones classic 'Who's Gonna Fill Their Shoes,' 'Storms of Life,' a career making song for Randy Travis, Eddy Raven's "Joe Knows How To Live" and "Don't Tell Me What To Do," a highly successful co-write with Harlan Howard. Having co-penned song's with writers of the calibre of Vern Gosdin, the late, great Harlan Howard, Vince Gill, Skip Ewing, Troy Seals, Billy Sherrill and his own son, Max T. Barnes, there is no doubting the mans pedigree. Max is deservedly one of the most in demand writers in Nashville.

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Candace Asher
Candace began her career in the late 1980's working the club circuit in New York City. In 1993 she moved to Nashville and began co-writing with many of the town's finest songwriters, also becoming a regular act at the legendary Bluebird Café. Her New York folk influence, gives her a contemporary styling, not dissimilar to, artists such as Mary Chapin Carpenter. Candace say's "My songwriting partners and I strive for lyrics that are both entertaining and meaningful. I like to sing songs with messages that are close to my heart."
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Allan Caswell
Allan Caswell is a singer/songwriter from Australia, who would back himself to get a good song out of virtually any subject. Over 400 of Allan's songs have been recorded world-wide by artists like Cilla Black, The Irish Rovers, Patti Page, Slim Dusty, James Blundell and The Living End. His best known song, 'On The Inside', the theme song he wrote for the television series 'Prisoner', reached No.1 in Australia and New Zealand, No.3 in England and made the country charts in the USA. He has been awarded 5 Golden Guitars at Tamworth (and a finalist 26 times), 2 gold singles and an ARIA for 'On The Inside', as well as 1 platinum and 4 gold albums for his writing and production work on the hugely successful children's albums by Don Spencer. Very impressive stuff!
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Terry Smith

Terry Smith wrote "Far-Side Banks of Jordan," which is featured twice in Robert Duvall's movie, 'The Apostle' and is included on the film's soundtrack CD. The song was also recorded by the Cox Family and Alison Krauss on their 1995 Grammy winning album, "I Know Who Holds Tomorrow." Johnny and June Cash cut the first version of this song in the seventies, and June also recorded it with Mother Maybelle and her sisters. Fast becoming a gospel and bluegrass standard, "Far-Side Banks of Jordan" has been recorded over forty times. Terry also wrote one of Roy Acuff's last singles, "I Can't Find a Train," and the Oak Ridge Boys recorded "Lord, I've Been Ready for Years." Kitty Wells cut "It Doesn't Say," while Terry's "Ten Seconds in the Saddle," recorded by Chris LeDoux, received airplay in markets as far apart as Wyoming and Germany.

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Shirley Sheppard
BMI songwriter, Shirley Malcolm Sheppard comes from a long line of Scotch/Irish Southerners on both family sides who boast some fine musical talent. Her paternal grandfather, Ganny Malcolm, was a popular fiddle and mandolin player in Georgia in the early 1900s, and her mother was a renowned multitalented instrumentalist and singer in the late 1920's. Shirley plays the piano and writes songs.
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