|Born||December 12, 1953|
|Origin||Winston-Salem, North Carolina, U.S.|
|Years active||1978 – present|
Byron Hill (born December 12, 1953), is an American songwriter from Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Working professionally in Nashville, TN for more than thirty years, his songs have been recorded by over 700 Country and Pop artists.
After moving to Nashville in May 1978, Byron signed his first songwriting contract in September of that year. The hits started for him as a songwriter in 1979 with Joe Sun's "Out Of Your Mind", and in 1981 with Johnny Lee's "Pickin' Up Strangers", with many other recordings and notable chart hit singles along the way including "The Pages Of My Mind" by Ray Charles (1986), "Nights" by Ed Bruce (1985), “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); and “Size Matters” by Joe Nichols (2006). Several of his songs have been number one hits including George Strait's "Fool Hearted Memory" in 1982, Alabama's "Born Country" in 1992, and Gary Allan's "Nothing On But The Radio" in 2005. His songs have since generated more than 700 recordings, earning seventy-seven RIAA certified gold and platinum awards, ten ASCAP awards, thirty-two U.S. and Canadian top-ten chart hits including numerous hits in other worldwide markets.
He has also been the producer of various American country artists including Kathy Mattea (one album), Gary Allan (three albums). He was awarded the 2008, 2010, and 2012 CCMA Producer Of The Year award, and the 2012 CCMA Songwriter Of The Year award for his work with Australian born Canadian artist Gord Bamford, and the 2013 CCMA Producer Of The Year for his work with Canadian group The Boom Chucka Boys, and produced two albums on the CCMA award winning group Hey Romeo.
Songs in Films
- Coast To Coast, 1980, Paramount Pictures, includes "Pickin' Up Strangers" recorded by Johnny Lee.
- The Exterminator, 1980, Avco Embassy Pictures, includes "Heal It" recorded by Roger Bowling.
- The Soldier, 1982, Embassy Pictures, includes "Fool Hearted Memory" recorded by George Strait.
- Pink Cadillac, 1989, Warner Bros. Pictures, includes "Card-Carryin' Fool" recorded by Randy Travis.
- Elvis, Up Close and Personal with Sonny West, 2008, Rochford Films, Scoring/Music composer/Music licensing consultant.
- Lake Effects, 2011, Life Out Loud Films, includes "Stars Are Falling" recorded by Diamondback.
Solo Albums (as a featured performer)
- "Gravity... and other things that keep you down to Earth" (BHP Recordings/BHP-4501), 1999
- "Ramblings" (BHP Recordings/BHP-5002), 2004
- "Stay A While" (BHP Recordings/BHP-5503), 2009
- "Radio Songs" (BHP Recordings/BHP-5704), 2011
- "Red Leather Couch" (BHP Recordings/BHP-6005), 2014
Albums (as a guest performer)
- "A Songwriters Tribute To George Strait, Vol 1" (Compadre Records/CRC-010), with various artists, 2004
- "Byron Hill". byronhillmusic.com.
- "Joel Whitburn's Record Research - Music & Billboard Charts Data". recordresearch.com.
- "RIAA - Home - November 15, 2015". riaa.com.
- "MusicDish e-Journal - That's Why They Call It A 'Career Song'". musicdish.com.
- "MusicDish e-Journal - A Songwriters Tribute To George Strait - Volume I". musicdish.com.
- "The Appalachian Online". The Appalachian Online.
- "Home - Canadian Country Music Association". ccma.org.
- "Byron Hill Signs Co-Publishing With Dan Hodges Music". MusicRow - Nashville's Music Industry Publication - News, Songs From Music City. Retrieved 2015-11-16.
- Maciste_Brother (3 October 1980). "Coast to Coast (1980)". IMDb.
- lovecraft231 (19 September 1980). "The Exterminator (1980)". IMDb.
- Aaron Stielstra (1 June 1982). "The Soldier (1982)". IMDb.
- "Pink Cadillac (1989)". IMDb. 26 May 1989.
- Byron Hill, Official Website
- Universal Music Publishing, Byron Hill Bio
- “The Song Was King”: A Conversation with Byron Hill
- IMDB - Internet Movie Database, Byron Hill
- 30th Anniversary of George Strait's first #1