Nineties country hitmaker Billy Dean today announced his new first country album in a decade. On July 22, Dean, will release The Rest of It’s Mine, a 10-track collection of songs that reflects a place very near and dear to his heart: his home state of Florida.
Born and raised in Quincy, Florida, the GRAMMY Award-winning singer-songwriter returned to his panhandle roots in 2018, now residing with his wife Stephanie on the beaches of St. George Island. Dean says Florida is where he feels most alive.
“I was so touched and moved when Florida inducted me into its Artists Hall of Fame it made me terribly homesick,” explains Dean. “So I moved back to reconnect with my aging mother, my high school buddies and friends and family. That all inspired the tropical flavor of this album.”
Dean, an accomplished songsmith, co-wrote nine of the ten songs on the compilation. Co-writers include Brent Rader (who also produced the project), Tom Woodard, Monty Powell, David Duncan, as well as Dean’s personal friends and Florida natives Hugh and Cody Vanlandingham. He and veteran songwriter Paul Overstreet wrote the album’s title track and first single, “The Rest of It’s Mine.” Vocals from Overstreet are featured on the cut (listen above.)
“I really wanted to connect with some of the greatest Hall of Fame songwriters in our business, to learn from them,” notes Dean. “I wanted to see what makes them tick and what made them Hall of Famers. Paul Overstreet was at the top of my list of guys that I knew but had never worked with.”
The album includes a special bonus track— a 30th anniversary re-recorded version of Dean’s smash hit, “Somewhere in My Broken Heart,” performed with a full symphony orchestra.
“‘Somewhere in My Broken Heart’ has been such a gift to me and my family and I credit Hall of Fame songwriter Richard Leigh for teaching me so much about writing on the day that we put words to this beautiful melody that he had written on the piano,” says Dean. “It’s a melody I always thought should be surrounded by a luscious orchestra. What better time to celebrate than the 30-year anniversary of it becoming the Academy of Country Music’s Song of the Year?”
When he’s not in Florida spending time with family, Dean continues to tour the country, performing his hit songs for fans coast-to-coast. This year, in addition to his solo dates, he’s teaming with fellow country vets Shenandoah and Wade Hayes on the Country Comeback Tour.