After he made the finals of the Wrangler Country Star Search in 1982 and then became a male vocalist champ on Ed McMahon’s Star Search in 1988, Billy earned a Top 5 hit in 1990 with his debut country single, “Only Here For A Little While.” His second single, “Somewhere In My Broken Heart,” also went Top 5, as did follow-up singles “You Don’t Count The Cost,” “Only The Wind” and “Billy The Kid.”
Billy charted so quickly and so often that he released a Greatest Hits collection as his fourth album. That project included “If There Hadn’t Been You,” “We Just Disagree” and “Once in a While,” which Billy wrote and recorded for the soundtrack to the 1994 film 8 Seconds. Three of his albums were certified gold and his self-titled 1991 effort earned platinum status. Billy called his 2012 album A Man Of Good Fortune.
“Music has deeply enriched my life,” says Billy. “It’s because of my fans and their support that I’ve spent most of my life on a musical journey and that’s why I truly feel like ‘A Man Of Good Fortune.'”
In the midst of his early recording career, Billy also dabbled in television. He contributed to commercials for Valvoline, McDonald’s and Chevrolet; landed a role in the brief Elvis series on ABC-TV in 1990; and appeared in parts on soap operas and dramas including Lois & Clark.
In addition to a busy touring and recording schedule, Billy is also the owner of Dean Acres, a concert venue on his property east of Nashville.