Billy Droze is one of the fastest rising stars of in roots music. His album, To Whom It May Concern, resulted in an unprecedented five #1 songs.
Now, the prolific songwriter is poised to release a new, independent project, Renaissance, on his own RBR Entertainment label. The new collection will be available May 3, 2019, and Drozehas released two singles, available now.
"Coal Fed Train" is a straight up bluegrass offering, written by Droze with Ronnie Bowman, and Will Hiatt. The song has given Droze his 6th career #1 at Bluegrass Radio.
"Till I Get Home" is a Gospel number co-written with Ronnie Bowman, and featuring guests, The Isaacs. Inspired by tragedy, "Till I Get Home" is the result of friends Droze and Bowman discovering that each had lost a sister to the crime of domestic violence. The deeply touching song resonates with all who have lost a loved one. In its hopefulness, the song is very healing.
"We've all experienced loss," Droze says "and it was very healing for Ronnie and me to create this song and now, to share it with others."
Here is a lyric video that may be shared: "TILL_I_GET_HOME"
Both songs are available now to radio on AIRPLAY DIRECT, and to fans through most online retailers and Spotify.
ABOUT BILLY DROZE
Born the 10th of 12 children, Billy Ryan Droze grew up in Alabama with music a constant presence in his life. "It's as if I was inserted with a computer chip that made my life revolve around music." One reason may be the influence of his father, Bob Droze, a dedicated country, gospel, and bluegrass musician, even now his 80s. 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. 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.Born in Lafayette, Louisiana, the 10th of 12
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. After rambling around Texas for a while, he moved to Nashville, continuing to play at every opportunity and honing his skills as a song smith and musician. Eventually, he found himself on several tours as the lead singer for Grammy-winning group, Shenandoah (using the name Billy Ryan).
Signed by RCA/Sony BMG as an artist shortly after arriving in Nashville, Billy has also been a staff writer, with publishing deals that resulted in several cuts including "You Never Know" by Darryl Worley, "Free Again" by Shenandoah, "That's Why I Run" by Billy Yates (#1 in Europe), "Sunday Clothes" by Randy Kohrs,"Big Pain" by Marty Raybon, "Bottle Was A Bible" by Junior Sisk, "Her Memory Again" (#5 Bluegrass Today Chart) by Flatt Lonesome, "Like I Do" by Jamie O'Neil, "I Know Better" (#1 Bluegrass Today Chart) by The Grascals, and more.
In response to a family tragedy and the need for a change of scenery, Billy booked a thirteen-city, nine-country tour of Eastern Europe to promote his third independent album, Ready For The Ride. Extremely well-received by fans and reviewers alike, and earning him three #1 singles on the European Hot Disc charts, this project and tour led him to Lithuania where he found his soul mate, Maria, who returned to the US with Billy as his wife.
In just his early 30's, Billy Droze has acquired the title of "hit songwriter" and has been touring and making music non-stop for more than a decade. This truly unique artist and highly prolific 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 beautiful, earthy and sincere that every song gives you goose bumps, is just getting started.
To date, with his debut bluegrass record To Whom It May Concern, he has garnered an unprecedented five number one singles which is a feat unheard of and unmatched in the genre. Droze was considered for the prestigious 2018 Grammy Award along with IBMA and ICMA Awards. Together with bluegrass superstar Rhonda Vincent, he hosted the 2018 ICM Awards at the historic Grand Ole Opry House. His name is becoming synonymous among folk, Americana, country, and bluegrass listeners alike.