Billy Montana has achieved five #1 country records: Lee Brice’s “Memory I Don’t Mess With”(2021) and “Hard To Love”(2012), Garth Brooks’ “More Than A Memory”(2007), Sara Evans’ “Suds In The Bucket” (2004) and Jo Dee Messina’s “Bring On The Rain” (2002). “Bring On The Rain” was nominated for awards by both the Recording Academy (Grammy) and the Country Music Association and reached Number 6 on the Adult Contemporary chart. “Suds In The Bucket” was the most played song by a female country artist in 2004 and has logged over 4 million broadcast performances. “More Than A Memory” is the fastest rising single in the history of country music, debuting at #1 on both the Billboard and R & R charts. Montana also hit top 5 on the country music charts with the Jon Pardi single, “Night Shift”(2019). All the aforementioned singles have reached or exceeded platinum status (one million+ in sales).
Montana’s song “What If I Was Willing” was featured on several of the 2013-14 episodes of the popular television series “Nashville.”
First inspired to pick up a guitar as a teenager in rural upstate New York by his musician father, Montana soon formed a country/rock band with his brother. After graduating with a degree in agriculture from Cornell University, Montana decided to try music full time and traded his dream of becoming a farmer for a record deal on Warner Brothers. His 1996 Magnatone Records release “No Yesterday” received great critical acclaim from USA Today, Music Row magazine, and Billboard magazine.
Many prominent artists have recorded Montana’s songs including Kenny Chesney, Blake Shelton, Jason Aldean, Tim McGraw, Garth Brooks, Lee Brice, Jon Pardi, Sara Evans, Martina McBride, David Nail, Pat Green, Jo Dee Messina, Trace Adkins, Eli Young Band, Kellie Pickler, Emmylou Harris, Vince Gill, Sister Hazel, Steve Holy, Kenny Rogers and Lee Ann Womack.