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.