“quote from Don or someone else - Ricky Skaggs?” - Author of quote
Don Poythress ~ Songwriter
Don has been writing and performing professionally since 1989. His numerous cuts have gleaned him CMA and ACM nominations for Song of The year for his #1 song “A Little More Country Than That” recorded by Easton Corbin. He has also garnered two ASCAP AWARDS for “A Little More Country Than That” and Kellie Pickler’s hit “Things That never Cross A Man’s Mind.” As well as Country Music, Don crosses genre lines and has received multiple GMA Dove Awards, including Southern Gospel Song of the Year for “The Promise”recorded by the Martins, Gospel Song of The Year for “Revival” recorded by Karen Peck and New River, and Contemporary Song of The Year for “Joseph” recorded by Jason Crabb.
As an artist in his own right he has recorded his own record titled Wash Away, including collaborations with Ricky Skaggs, Paul Baloche, Susan Ashton, and Jared Anderson. He has also been honored to play on some of the great stages such as The Grand Ole Opry, the Ryman Auditorium, The Louisiana Hayride and The Bluebird Cafe, as well as many churches around the country. Though every Sunday you can find him leading worship at Abundant Life Church in Mt. Juliet, TN (a suburb of Nashville) as he’s done for over 25 years.
Don also enjoys sharing what he’s learned by teaching songwriting skills and has taught at Vanderbilt University’s Blaire School of Music, Belmont University, and at many conferences and seminars like Christian Musician Summit and Write About Jesus.
Here are just a few songs Don has had recorded (A more complete list can befound in his Discography).
“You Remain”- Willie Nelson, Bonnie Raitt, Sheryl Crow, Andrea Zonn, and Darrell Scott
“Faithful Love of Jesus” - Hillary Scott with Bruce Hornsby, Steven Curtis Chapman and Ricky Skaggs
"Comfort Me”- Tim McGraw with Kim Carnes
“Chill”- Blake Shelton
"Adore Him”- Kari Jobe
“I Choose To Believe”- Philips, Craig and Dean
"Mighty Oak Trees”- Hank Williams Jr.
“Tell Me”- Jake Owen
“Far Enough Away From Colorado”- Russell Hitchcock(Air Supply)