Hit Songwriter Bios—Danny Myrick
Pictured: Bridgette Tatum (R) and Danny Myrick (L), the wordsmiths behind the "Most Played Song of 2009," according to MediaBase, with their multi-week #1, "She’s Country" by Jason Aldean (C).
Danny Myrick grew up in the gulf coast town of Pascagoula, Mississippi the son of a Baptist Minister father and church pianist mother. From an early age he hewned his skills as a musician playing bass and singing in his family's gospel band, which recorded their first album when Danny was 7 years old.
Danny's dad also promoted local gospel concerts and as a result Danny had the opportunity to be on stage almost every weekend opening for virtually every major gospel quartet as well as playing numerous times weekly at his local church. He got his first cut at age 17 when the Dixie Melody Boys quartet recorded the 12 week #1 song, "Jesus Is The Light."
After high school, Danny moved to Nashville and attended Belmont University until he ran out of money. After a few years of striking out in the music business, Danny joined with best friend Chris Marion to create Western Flyer, a 6 man vocal group patterned in the style of 70's country rock bands the Eagles and America. He was lead vocalist, bassist and principal songwriter for the band.
Western Flyer made two CDS and had several top 40 hits including the top 20 song, "What Will You Do With M-E?" They also made 3 videos including the critically acclaimed "Cherokee Highway" which dealt with racial violence in 1960's Mississippi. They became the first non-African American artist to perform at the Martin Luther King Day festivities in Atlanta in 1995. Western Flyer disbanded later in the 1990's and after a few years out of the business Danny decided in 2002 to recommit himself to songwriting and performing.
One day he ran into an old friend, Jeffrey Steele, who had now become one of country music's hottest songwriters, at a local Nashville Starbucks and that meeting was the beginning of a new phase in Danny's career. With Jeffrey's support, after a few months, Danny signed a publishing contract with Windswept Pacific.
After a 3 year stint with Windswept, Danny inked a new deal with Steele's Soulride Music in 2005, where he had numerous cuts including Craig Morgan's "International Harvester" and Big and Rich's, "LOUD", which is also the theme song for CMT's "Gone Country."
Danny now writes for the new Nashville company Root 49 Music and recently celebrated having 2009's most played country song, "She's Country" released by Jason Aldean. He also has the Gloriana single, "How Far Do You Wanna Go."
In addition to his cuts as a songwriter, Danny has also provided background vocals for numerous hit country artists including Keith Anderson, Blake Shelton and Montgomery/Gentry and is currently working as a writer and/or producer with several artists including Alice Peacock ("Bliss"), Ann Marie Boskovich, Kate and Kacey, the Jane Dear Girls, Bridgette Tatum (his co-writer on "She's Country") and Nick Hoffman.
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Expo says: Danny Myrick is a great new member of The Expo family. He's appeared numerous times and in 2010 he was the "grand prize" (hit-maker) for the best song in the Write With A Hit-Maker Contest country category. Super-talented, super-nice guy...you'll love working with or just talking with Danny Myrick.