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Billy Montana

Biography:

Billy Montana is a multi-platinum, award winning songwriter with four number one songs to his name. He was raised in rural upstate New York and was inspired as a teenager to pick up a guitar by his musician father. Billy graduated from Cornell University and was pursuing a career in agriculture when he was persuaded to trade the life of a farmer for a record deal with Warner Brothers Nashville. His band, Billy Montana and the Long Shots released three singles that charted on Billboard’s Hot Country and one that broke the top 40. Billy signed his second deal with Magnatone Records and released his debut album, No Yesterday, which brought him critical acclaim. In the late 90s, Billy transitioned full time into songwriting and signed a publishing deal with Curb Publishing. Since signing with Curb, he has penned songs for Tim McGraw, Jason Aldean, Kenny Chesney, Blake Shelton, and Emmylou Harris, just to name a few. 

 

In 2002, Billy experienced his first number one song at radio, his first Grammy nominated song, and his first ACM nominated song, with Joe Dee Messina’s “Bring On the Rain.” Billy earned his second number one hit with Sara Evans’ “Suds In The Bucket;” the most played female country song of 2004. In 2007, Billy was a major player in the comeback of country radio’s king, Garth Brooks. His song “More Than A Memory” was released by Garth and became the only song in the history of country radio to debut at number one on the charts. Billy’s most recent hit, “Hard to Love,” helped launch the career of then new-comer, Lee Brice. His songs are found frequently on the radio and are performed by voices like Jon Pardi, Charlie Worsham, David Nail, and Runaway June. Billy holds the current single for Universal Recording artist Jon Pardi, “Night Shift.”