Billy Dean At Grand Ole Opry
Billy Dean is a country singer/songwriter who got his big start on the television talent show Star Search. His interest in music started years earlier when he began playing in his father's band called The Country Rock at age eight. He continued to play with the band throughout high school until setting out on his own to play local clubs. He skipped college in order to pursue music and by age 20, Dean had made the finals on the Wrangler Country Star Search. In 1988, he was the Male Vocalist Champion on Star Search.
In 1990, he released his debut album, Young Man, featuring the hits “Only Here for a Little While” and the Grammy nominated “Somewhere In My Broken Heart.” Both songs were No. 3 hits on the Billboard Country Music Charts and the album was certified gold later that year. In 1991, he released a self-titled album with the hits, “You Don't Count the Cost,” “Only the Wind,” and “Billy the Kid,” all of which peaked at No. 4 on the Billboard Country Music Charts. This album also went certified gold that year. For the next few years, he joined The Judds, Wynonna Judd, and Clint Black on their respective tours. In 1992, only two years after his debut album, Dean received the Top New Male Vocalist Award from the Academy of Country Music. In 1993, he released another certified gold album, Fire in the Dark, before placing his career on a hiatus to raise his family.
In 1996, Dean returned to the spotlight to release It's What I Do, with the song “That Girl's Been Spyin' On Me,” which reached No. 4 on the Billboard Country Music Charts. Over the next several years, Dean worked with other artists making guest appearances on their albums including Kenny Rogers' single “Buy Me a Rose,” which reached No. 1 on the Billboard Country Music Charts, a feat that Rogers hadn't achieved for 13 years. Since then he has released six more albums and continues to tour the country sharing his music.
Billy Dean has sold over six million records and had thirteen songs land in the Billboard Country Music Charts Top 10.