Country Music Hall of Famer and legendary Grand Ole Opry member Whisperin’ Bill Anderson is a 2018 Nominee for the Songwriter Hall of Fame. The Songwriters Hall of Fame announced nominees to be elected for induction at its Annual Induction & Awards Gala on June 14, 2018, in New York City.
“I came to Nashville to be a songwriter, and to be considered for membership in the Songwriters Hall of Fame is about as fulfilling as it gets. My thanks to everyone who has been a part of my incredible journey,” Anderson said.
To be considered for induction, nominees must have been published songwriters for a minimum of 20 years with a notable catalog of hit songs. Eligible voting members will have until December 17 to turn in ballots.
Anderson is the only songwriter in history to have written charted songs in each of seven consecutive decades. The legendary Grand Ole Opry headliner is among the few country songwriters to cross over to the pop charts in the 1960s with such hits as “Still,” “8 X 10,” “The Tip of My Fingers” and “Mama Sang a Song.” His first No. 1 (of 14) was “City Lights” for Ray Price in 1958, written when Anderson was just 19, and he soon had hits with the likes of Connie Smith, Hank Locklin, Porter Wagoner, Jim Reeves, Faron Young, Roger Miller and Kitty Wells. Topping the country charts in the 1960’s and 1970’s with classic songs like “I Get the Fever,” “My Life” and “Sometimes,” the hits he had from the 1990’s on with artists including Steve Wariner, Kenny Chesney, Vince Gill, George Strait and Brad Paisley (whose Anderson’s co-penned “Whiskey Lullaby” won the 2005 Country Music Association Song of the Year award) led to his becoming the first country songwriter to receive the BMI Icon Award, in 2002.
The prolific songwriter released his official autobiography in 2016. “Whisperin’ Bill Anderson: An Unprecedented Life in Country Music” has received praise from fans and critics alike and is now available for download as an audiobook. Forbes deemed the book “One of the Best Autobiographies” of the past year. Anderson continues to tour and perform regularly at The Grand Ole Opry, which he has been a member of for an impressive 56 years. Most recently Anderson is featured on Brad Paisley’s new project with their song “Dying to See Her Again.” The emotional song was written by both Paisley and Anderson and is on Paisley’s album Love and War released earlier this year.
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BILL ANDERSON ON TOUR:
Dec 31 Bill Anderson and Friends– Branson, Mo.
Jan 20 The Dixie Carter Performing Arts Center– Huntington, Tn.
Jan 28 Country’s Family Reunion & Larry’s Country Diner CRUISE– Galveston, Tx.
Feb 16 Effingham Performance Center– Effingham, Il.
Feb 17 Honeywell Center– Wabash, In.
.@WhisperinBill named 2018 @SongwritersHOF nominee
ABOUT BILL ANDERSON:
“Whisperin’ Bill” Anderson may be known for his soft vocal style, but his UNPRECEDENTED accolades and awards shout from the rooftops. He has released more than 40 studio albums, seven No. 1 singles and 29 Top 10 singles, and is a six-time Songwriter Of the Year award-winner. As a Grand Ole Opry member for more than 50 years and a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame since 2001, Anderson is one of the most decorated songwriters and performers in country music history — and an UNPRECEDENTED one at that, having earned the distinction of having an entry on the Country charts for seven consecutive decades – a record held by no other songwriter in history. His penned hits include “Whiskey Lullaby,” (Brad Paisley/Alison Krauss), “A Lot Of Things Different,” (Kenny Chesney), “Give It Away,” (George Strait), and his latest, “Country” (Mo Pitney), among others. At only nineteen, Anderson composed his first country classic, “City Lights” in his home state of Georgia, where he studied journalism at UGA. Anderson then moved to Nashville, signed a recording deal with Decca Records, and began releasing hit after hit. Fan-favorites include “Po’Folks,” “Mama Sang A Song,” “The Tips Of My Fingers,” “8X10,” and the unforgettable smash, “Still.” At the age of 40, he was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters’ Hall of Fame. At age 23, he became the youngest writer to be named Country Songwriter of the Year by BMI – a record only beat by 21-year-old Taylor Swift. In 2002, he was the first recipient of the prestigious BMI Icon Award. UNPRECEDENTED not only as a songwriter, but also a radio and television host, Anderson has starred on “ABC’s The Better Sex,” “Fandango,” “Country’s Family Reunion,” “Larry’s Country Diner,” and hosted radio shows as well as the legendary Grand Ole Opry.