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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), and cuts by Juice Newton, Conway Twitty, Mel McDaniel, Ricky Skaggs, Margo Smith, and Reba McEntire.
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 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); “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), and “Is It Friday Yet” (2012). Other artists who have recorded Byron’s songs include 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, Ricky Van Shelton, The Whites, The Seekers, Hey Romeo, and many others.
Wil recently hit the top of R&R and Billboard with his BRAD PAISLEY smash “She’s Everything”, which stayed at #1 for three weeks. In addition; he also wrote the BRAD PAISLEY song “Hard To Say Hello”, which was on Brad’s TIME WELL WASTED bonus Cd sold in Target stores.
In 1999, Wil received a BMI award for “Round About Way”, a #1 hit single for GEORGE STRAIT. It has also landed on other George Strait Cd’s, such as; George Strait’s Latest Greatest Hits, and George Strait’s 50 Number Ones … Over seven million sales and counting.
Then in 2004, Wil received another BMI Award for his JOE NICHOLS single “Cool To Be A Fool”.
Other recent cuts include; the BLUE COUNTY single “I Get To”, TRACY LAWRENCE “Your’e Why God Made Me” and “Just Like Her”, JOE NICHOLS “Honky Tonk Girl”, Lyric Street Artist LISA SHAFFER “I Know I Love You” and “Sittin’ On Top Of The World”, as well as other major and independent label cuts.
Some of his past songwriting credits include; “You Are”, a JOHN MICHAEL MONTGOMERY single, “Next To Nothin’”, a GENE WATSON single, cuts on NEAL MCCOY “Same Boots”, CRAIG MORGAN “Everything’s A Thing”, “It’s Me”, “What You Do To Me”, MCHAYES “Mr. Right Now”, DIAMOND RIO “Big Time Lonesome”, and many others.