Hit Songwriter Bios—Bob DiPiero
"...this is my first time at the Durango thing and it just BLOWS ME AWAY, the opportunity that is here for you all...it's just stunning...I operated in a vacumm...here you have the opportunity to hook up with maybe the person that will change both your lives...I just think it's absolutely amazing..." —Hit songwriter Bob DiPiero (2006)
For the past 20 years, Bob DiPiero has helped define the best that is Music Row. A legendarily funny and compelling performer, he is one of a handful setting the bar for present-day songwriter/entertainers.
As a raconteur, he may have no equal among his peers, and as a musical ambassador and bridge-builder, he has helped make Nashville a port of call for legendary performers from all genres, writing with Neil Diamond, Carole King, Johnny Van Zant and Delbert McClinton, among many others.
He is one of Nashville's most consistent and prolific writers of hits, and he remains at the top of his profession more than two decades after hitting #1 on the charts for the first time in 1983. His long string of hits includes the Oak Ridge Boys' "American Made," Montgomery Gentry's "If You Ever Stop Loving Me," Vince Gill's "Worlds Apart," Shenandoah's "The Church On Cumberland Road," Ricochet's "Daddy's Money," George Strait's "Blue Clear Sky," Brooks & Dunn's "You Can’t Take the Honky Tonk Out Of the Girl," and Martina McBride's "There You Are."
DiPiero has received three dozen BMI Country and Million-Air honors; CMA’s Triple Play Award in 1995 and 1996, "Song of the Year" for "Worlds Apart" at the Country Radio Music Awards in 1997, and Songwriter of the Year awards in 1998 at the Nashville Music Awards and in 2000 from Sony/ATV Nashville.
He is a board member of the CMA and past president of NSAI.
Bob DiPiero participated in his first Durango Songwriters Expo event in October of 2006 in Park City, UT. He blew us away and was a huge addition to an always stellar lineup of hit songwriters. He also conducted a Songwriting Workshop with hit writer Brett James ("Jesus Take the Wheel"). It was one of the best workshops ever presented at the Expo. You can hear it by clicking here.
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