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Dan Hill

Singer, songwriter and producer Dan HillIn 1978, Dan Hill had his first smash hit, “Sometimes When We Touch.” Ten years later in 1988, Dan’s “Never Thought (That I Could Love)” hit the top of the charts. Keeping with tradition, Dan again found himself with another number one record in 1998 when Sammy Kershaw recorded Dan’s “Love Of My Life.” In fact, Dan’s successes aren’t just limited to every ten years, his remarkable career has highlights that include four number one songs, twelve top ten records, a Grammy, five Juno’s (the Canadian equivalent to the Grammy), four platinum albums, two gold albums, and even a best selling novel.


Although most will recognize Dan’s unmistakable voice on his self-penned hits: “Sometimes When We Touch” (#3 pop/chr: 1978), “Can’t We Try” (with Vonda Sheppard) (#1 Billboard a/c Song Of The Year: 1987), “Never Thought (That I Could Love)” (#1 a/c: 1988), and “Unborn Heart” (#2 a/c: 1989); it is often Dan’s behind the scenes work, including songwriting and producing, that Dan views as his ultimate career contribution.
In 1997, Dan received a Grammy award for his production and songwriting on Celine Dion’s breakthrough CD, Falling Into You. In fact, in numerous concerts and interviews, Celine has said that Dan’s “Seduces Me” was her favorite song on the record. In November of 1997, Dan was presented with the Harold Moon Award, a prestigious honor bestowed upon Canadian songwriters’ for great international contributions in songwriting.

Also, in 1997, Dan teamed up with acclaimed songwriter/producer Keith Stegall. The results from this pairing has been tremendous. The first song the duo wrote together, “Love Of My Life,” rocketed to #1 on the U.S. country chart for Sammy Kershaw. Six months later, Hill and Stegall visited the top of the country charts again with “I Do (Cherish You), recorded by Mark Wills. In 1999, Wills and Kershaw again turned to the songwriting team of Hill/Stegall for another pair of hits; “She’s In Love,” a top 10 hit for Wills and “Maybe Not Tonight,” a top 20 duet for Kershaw and Lorrie Morgan. Also in 1999, triple-platinum pop act 98 Degrees enjoyed the fruits of Hill and Stegall’s labor with their chart topping version of “I Do (Cherish You).” The 98 Degrees cut was also featured in the box office smash Notting Hill, starring Julia Roberts and Hugh Grant, and was included on the worldwide bestselling soundtrack.

Dan finished a busy 1999 by releasing his own greatest hits record, Love Of My Life, The Best of Dan Hill, featuring his own versions of “Love Of My Life” and “Seduces Me” as well as two new tracks and of course- all of his greatest hits. The much acclaimed release served as a great retrospective of Dan’s first twenty years in the music business.
The new millennium began with a bang for Dan. The Backstreet Boys included Dan’s “I Promise You (With Everything I Am)” on their international multi-platinum album Black and Blue. Also in 2000, Celine Dion re-released Dan’s “Seduces Me” on her international smash The Collector’s Series, Volume 1. Additionally, new country music sensation, Jamie O’Neal (Mercury Records), recorded Dan’s “To Be With You,” and asked Dan to sing on the track as well. A co-writing trip to Sweden teamed Dan up with pop producer/writer Jorgen Elofsson and resulted in a Britney Spears European release of the Hill/Elofsson track “When I Found You” in 2001. 2003 saw another Hill/Elofsson collaboration, “And That’s Why I Love You,” by Johannes Kotschy reached the top 10 of the Swedish charts while a remake of “Sometimes When We Touch,” by Fifth Ave. simultaneously peaked at #3 on the same chart.

Most recently, in 2004, country music superstar Alan Jackson included Dan's “There Ya Go” on his platinum selling cd, What I Do. Also, new RCA recording artist, Catherine Britt recorded Hill's composition, “I'm Gone” in 2005.

With a resume that includes cuts by Tina Turner, Rod Stewart, Tammy Wynette, Barry Manilow, George Bensen, Jeffrey Osborne, Celine Dion, The Backstreet Boys, 98 Degrees, Vonda Sheppard, Mark Wills, Sammy Kershaw, Lorrie Morgan and Jamie O’Neal, Dan Hill has quietly became one of music industry’s most respected and top songwriters.

     
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