Billy Dean returns with his first country album in a decade

The rest is mine is due July 22

90s country hitmaker Billy Dean today announced his first country album in a decade. On July 22, Dean, often dubbed “the James Taylor of country music,” will release The rest is mine via BFD/Audium Nashville, a 10-track collection 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 beggar roots in 2018, now residing with his wife Stephanie on the beaches of St. George’s Island. Dean says Florida is where he feels most alive.

“I was so touched and moved when Florida inducted me into the Artists Hall of Fame that I felt homesick,” Dean says. “So I came back to reconnect with my aging mother, high school buddies, friends and family. All of that inspired the tropical flavor of this album.

Dean, an accomplished songwriter, 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 lead single, “The Rest of It’s Mine”. Overstreet’s vocals are featured on the cut, along with an appearance in the official music video, premiering June 13 on CMT.com.

“I really wanted to connect with some of the biggest Hall of Fame songwriters in our industry, to learn from them,” Dean notes. “I wanted to see what drives them and what makes them Hall of Famers. Paul Overstreet was at the top of my list of guys 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’ was such a gift to me and my family and I thank Hall of Fame songwriter Richard Leigh for teaching me so much about songwriting the day we put words to that beautiful melody he wrote on the piano,” Dean says. “It’s a melody that I always thought needed to be backed by a luscious orchestra. What better time to celebrate than the 30th anniversary of being named Song of the Year by the Academy of Country Music?

When he’s not in Florida spending time with his 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 is teaming up with fellow country veterans Shenandoah and Wade Hayes on the Country Comeback Tour.

CD

1. Saltwater Cowboy
2. The Rest Is Mine (with Paul Overstreet)
3. Memories of Marguerite
4. Hearts in the sand
5. Oh what a night
6. Where Nobody Knows My Name
7. The laziest man alive
8. My Day Off
9. Holidays in the Bourbons
10. Hemingway
11. Somewhere in My Broken Heart (30th Anniversary Re-recording)

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