Jim Parker has hosted a Songwriter’s Showcase at the Von Braun Center in Hunstville, Alabama since 2005. He’s had huge personal success when in 1978 he received ASCAP SONGWRITER’S AWARD for “I’ve Got A Feelin”, recorded by John Anderson on Warner Brothers Records. John Anderson’s first Warner Brothers release remained on Billboard’s National charts for 11 weeks peaking in the top 20s. In 1981 he also won BMI SONGWRITER’S AWARD for “Chicken Truck”, recorded by John Anderson on Warner Brothers Records. This song reached #8 in the nation on the Billboard country charts and is currently on John Anderson’s 1st Greatest Hits album.
“The Sinnin’ Man (The Acoustic Sessions) arrived in my mailbox the other day. . . I wasn’t able to select a stand out track because I truly enjoyed the entire album. Normally when I’m reviewing an album, I just let it play until I hear a track that stands out from the rest but that didn’t happen this time. I actually found myself really listening to every song. I enjoyed the lyrics as much as the melody on every track. I had to play it through several times to try to pick one song that I enjoyed more than another but each song had something unique. . .[after saying why, concludes with] Dang, I think I just mentioned all ten songs. Well, like I said, I truly enjoyed the entire album.”
– Cheryl Harvey Hill / Sr. Staff Journalist • NutsAboutCountry.com
Billy Droze is one of the most prolific artists in country music today. . .One of those artists, that only comes around once in a blue moon. . . who can get inside a melody and own every syllable.”
Born in Lafayette, Louisiana, the 10th of 12 children, Billy Ryan Droze grew up in Alabama knowing that music was his life as far back as he can remember. “It’s as if I was inserted with a computer chip that made my life revolve around music.” But the reason is just as likely the influence of his father, Bob “Red” Droze, a dedicated country, gospel, and bluegrass musician, who in 1962 released an album on Rural Rhythm Records making father and song label mates.Billy was on stage with his dad by the time he was 4 years old, and spent his childhood singing with him everywhere from churches to bluegrass festivals to honky-tonks, developing a passion for traditional country, gospel, and roots music that has influenced him ever since. He learned to play guitar when he was 12, and as a teenager would perform anywhere, anytime, for anyone who would listen, sometimes walking miles down country roads, carrying his guitar, just for the chance to play a few songs.
By the time he was 16, Billy’s dad had moved on to Texas, so he followed him there and spent a year or so playing with his band. Then after rambling around Texas for a while, he decided it was time to move to Nashville, where he’s lived ever since.Continuing to play anywhere he could, and constantly honing his skills as a song smith and musician, Billy’s ever-growing fan base, dramatically increased after several tours, opening for and singing lead for the Grammy-winning group Shenandoah (under the aka. name of Billy Ryan).
At only 29, Billy Droze has acquired the title of “hit songwriter” over the years co-writing such songs as; I Know Better” (#1 on Bluegrass Today Weekly Chart) – The Grascals, “Her Memory Again” (#5 on Bluegrass Today Weekly Chart) – Flatt Lonesome,“Bottle Was a Bible” – Junior Sisk, ”Big Pain” – Marty Raybon, “Free Again” – Shenandoah, “Sunday Clothes” – Randy Kohrs, “That’s Why I Run” – Billy Yates (#1 in Europe), “You Never Know” – Darryl Worley, “Like I Do” – Jamie O’Neil.
Billy Droze has been touring worldwide and making music non-stop for more than a decade. This truly unique artist and hit songwriter, has lyrics that dig deep into the heart of life, melodies and a guitar style that combine his traditional roots with a modern twist that’s all his own, and a voice so soulful, earthy and sincere that every song seems to draws you in to believe and enjoy his brand of American Music.
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