Tia Sillers
"The great thing about being purely a songwriter is that it enables you to slip out of your skin and have so many other voices," says tunesmith Tia Sillers. "I could never sing a George Jones song, but maybe I could write one."

With undergraduate degrees in English, Fine Arts and a Masters in Business Communication, the prolific Sillers capitalizes on a diversity of influences and experiences in crafting some of the most poignant songs to emerge from Music Row.

As a Nashville teenager, Sillers had the good fortune to live next door to Dave Innis, a former member of Restless Heart. Through Innis, she had the opportunity to "pick the brains" of several great songwriters, including Dave Loggins, Don Schlitz, bill LaBounty and Becky Foster. The love songwriting soon became a major part of Sillers' life.

Her song "I hope You Dance" struck an emotional chord with listeners by capturing the essence of experiencing life. The song received national exposure with articles in USA Today and BillBoard Magazine, as well as being an inspiration for the Florida Gators football team. The song earned the 2000 CMA Song of the Year and Single of the Year. Tia has had many cuts by other artists, including the Dixie Chicks ("There's Your Trouble"), Pam Tillis ("Land of the Living"), George Ducas ("Lipstick Promises") and Kenny Wayne Shepherd ("last Goodbye" and "Blue on Black"). Not only did "Blue on Black" have the honor of holding the number one spot on the rock charts for 17 weeks, it was also the 1998 BillBoard Rock Song of the Year. Other artists to have recorded Sillers' songs include Martina McBride, Trisha Yearwood Diamond Rio, Wynonna, Patty Loveless, Suzy Bogguss, Kim Richey, Tammy Cochran and most recently Alan Jackson.

Though Sillers lives in Nashville and is a blissfully happy writer for Famous Music, she is always planning her next adventure out in the wide blue yonder...