Billy Ryan Droze


Bio

Billy Droze has acquired the title of “hit songwriter” over the years co-writing such songs as; “Kentucky Blue” (#1 for two weeks on Bluegrass Today Weekly Chart) – Billy Droze, 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. To date as an artist Billy has had an unprecedented 5 consecutive # 1's from his debut Blugrass record "To Whom It May Concern" which also made it to the 2nd round ballot nominations for the 2018 Grammy Awards. 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 son 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 steadily expanded his ever-growing fan base, dramatically increased by several tours singing lead for the Grammy-winning group Shenandoah (using the name Billy Ryan). Billy Droze has been touring and making music non-stop for more than a decade. This truly unique artist and hit songwriter, with 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 draws you in to enjoy his signature sound experience. More information is at Billydroze.com

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