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After graduating from high-school at the age of eighteen, Paul Overstreet moved from the bayous of Mississippi to the Music Capitol of the World, Nashville, TN. Not owning a suitcase, he brought with him a laundry basket of Levis and football jerseys, ten original songs, and a guitar. He packed them in a 68 Ford Fairlane with a lot of dreams of how great it was all going to be when he finally got to the "Big City."

It was a long, hard road that would lay ahead, but the dream of writing songs and making records was so big, the roughest roads weren't going to stop him. After sleeping in his car and eating potato salad sandwiches for awhile, he got a job in a water heater factory . The future was not looking so bright, but somehow the dream stayed alive. Looking back now on the earlier years, Overstreet says," It's amazing to realize that the reality is greater than the dreams that started the whole adventure." Overstreet believes that it was his talent and vision given to him by God that enabled him to reach his goals as a songwriter, artist, and producer.

As a songwriter, Overstreet has written or co-written 26 top ten songs, his first being George Jones' "Same Ole Me." Numerous other artists have recorded his songs including Randy Travis, singing "On the Other Hand," "Diggin' Up Bones," and "Forever and Ever, Amen." Tanya Tucker topped the charts with "One Love at a Time" and "My Arms Stay Open All Night" and then teamed up Paul Davis and Overstreet with the hit "I Won't Take Less Than Your Love." The late Keith Whitley and after him, Alison Kraus recorded "When You Say Nothing At All" and The Judds' "Love Can Build A Bridge," Other hits have been recorded by Glen Campbell, Pam Tillis, Mel Tillis, Travis Tritt, The Forester Sisters, Marie Osmond, and Michael Martin Murphey.

As an artist, Overstreet has written and recorded many songs himself. "You Can't Stop Love" was the debut single for S.K.O. on M.T.M. Records and neared the very top of the charts. That album also produced two other top ten hits. His first solo project began when RCA released Sowin' Love, his first album on a major label. The five singles released from this album were all top ten hits, including the title cut, "Sowin' Love", Paul's "signature" song "All The Fun" and his first #1, "Seein' My Father in Me." The second album, Heroes, included the hits "Daddy's Come Around," "If I Could Bottle This Up," "Heroes," and "Billy Can't Read," which became the theme song for CMA and CMT Project Literacy. The next album "Love is Strong," gave Paul his first #1 song on Christian Radio with the title cut and gave him another chart topper with "There But For The Grace of God Go I."

Not only have his songs been recorded by other artists, they have earned him numerous awards. Overstreet, along with his other co-writers, has earned two Grammy Awards, his first for "Forever and Ever, Amen" and the other for "Love Can Build a Bridge." BMI honored Overstreet as Songwriter of the Year for five consecutive years from 1987-1991, a mark on the music row wall that had not been reached before or since. He also won CMA and ACM Song of the Year in 1987 & 1988. The Love Is Strong album earned him a Dove Award for Country Recorded Album of the Year in 1992. He also earned Dove Awards for Country Recorded Song of the Year in 1991 for "Seein' My Father in Me" and "There But For the Grace of God Go I" in 1994. Overstreet has been awarded TNN Viewer's Choice Award for Christian Country Artist and received the Christian Country Music Association Award for Mainstream Artist of the Year as well.

Aside from being a writer and an artist, Overstreet is also an accomplished producer. He co-produced his own albums and was sole-producer for Christian country artist Suzie Luchsinger. This album launched her career. Overstreet also co-wrote many songs on the project, two of which topped the Christian country charts (one of them a duet they performed together). Recently , he co-produced the Jenny Morris Girl On the Run CD for Bob Keane and Del-Fi Records/Nashville.

Overstreet is known for songs that encourage the family, and has lived that out in his own life, turning down many "opportunities" to be on the road, for "opportunities" to stay close to home as his children grow up. Having his own recording studio on his farm, west of Nashville, has made that part a little easier. Presently, he has just finished what he calls A Songwriter's Project as a songwriter, artist and producer. This has been a labor of love, and much awaited by those that will love Overstreet's own rendering of his hit songs previously recorded by other artists. There is a couple of his own brand new cuts included on the new CD. The CD was released early in 1999 on Scarlet Moon Records as Volume #1 (always leave them wanting more), and with Overstreet's God given talent, that's not hard to do. Paul, his wife Julie, their five children Nash, Summer, Chord, Harmony and Skye, and an assorted pet menagerie reside on a farm in a small town outside of Nashville.

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