Dan Hill

Grammy Award Winning Singer-Songwriter and Artist

Music

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Songwriting

Twenty years had passed between my first hit single as an artist and my first dream cover as a songwriter. In the same way that “Sometimes When We Touch” had turbo-charged my performing career, Celine’s magnificent version of “Seduces Me” galvanized my songwriting career. From 1997 on, I concentrated on songwriting for other vocalists.

This had several upsides: songwriting, while more challenging creatively than performing, is also less physically taxing, and none of the vexing and superficial “artist” issues nip at your heels. No one cares if you’re cute, hip, fashionable, sexy, or young. All that matters is whether you can deliver the big song. And so, by the late 90s, wanting to spend more time with my family and pay closer attention to my health (I had been diagnosed as diabetic in 1996), I decided songwriting was the logical, the only, career choice for me. And there was yet another deciding factor: ability. I’m not going to play the modesty card here; I consider myself to be a very, very good singer. Nevertheless, I’m an even better songwriter. (That being said, my vocal ability has, in many cases, helped me sell my songs to various artists; I record or demo most of my songs before they’re pitched to singers or groups.)

Here is a list of some of the songs I’ve written that have been recorded by other artists. Most of these songs I’ve written with other writers. For the sake of brevity, I won’t include their names here, but they are listed in the song credits on the CDs, records, DVDs, movies, iTunes, ring tones, and videos that feature them.

Country Covers

  • Sometimes When We Touch (1986)
    Top 5 country single for Tammy Wynette and Mark Gray
  • Love of My Life (1997)
    #1 U.S. country single for Sammy Kershaw
  • I Do (Cherish You) (1998)
    #1 U.S. country single for Mark Wills
  • She’s in Love (1998)
    #3 U.S. country single for Mark Wills
  • Maybe Not Tonight (1999)
    Top 15 U.S. country single for Sammy Kershaw and Lorrie Morgan
  • When You Love Someone (1999)
    Top 25 U.S. country single for Sammy Kershaw
  • Back Before the War (1999)
    Reba McEntire
  • There Ya Go  (2004)
    Alan Jackson
  • To Be with You (2000)
    Jamie O’Neal
  • I Have Always Loved You (2000)
    Kathy Mattea

Pop Covers

  • In Your Eyes  (1983)
    International hit for George Benson
    US Adult Contemporary hit for Jeffrey Osborne
  • Can’t Live with You (1989)
    Celine Dion and Billy-Newton-Davis
  • Wishful Thinking (1989)
    Celine Dion and Dan Hill
  • Seduces Me (1996)
    Celine Dion, on her Grammy Award–winning album Falling Into You
  • I Do (Cherish You) (2000)
    Top 3 U.S. pop hit for 98 Degrees
    Also included on multi-platinum Notting Hill soundtrack
  • I Promise You (2000)
    Backstreet Boys
  • Slowly  (2002)
    Michael Bolton
  • When I Found You (2002)
    Britney Spears (released internationally but not in North America)
  • The Human Spark (2005)
    Michael W. Smith
  • Open Your Eyes (2003)
    Nick Lachey
  • Waiting Just for You (2001)
    Ginette Rineau
  • Sometimes When We Touch
    (too many artists to even begin to start listing here)

My Personal Favourite Covers

Two jazz songs: “Deep Down Inside” and “Sometimes I Dream.” I wrote these with jazz great Joe Sealy, for his 1996 Juno Award–winning Africville Suite album.

A Small Sampling of European Covers

  • Into the Night (charted single/2002)
    Love Inc.
  • You’re a Love Song (Just Waiting to Happen)
    H & Claire
  • Riding on a Love Train 
    German Pop Idol winner
  • That’s Why I Love You
    Top 5 single in Sweden for Swedish Pop Idol winner
  • I Don’t Think of You
    Natural
  • Healing Power of Love
    Jennifer Rush
  • What Do I Do with All This Love?
    Agnes
  • Can’t Find My Way Out
    Swedish Pop Idol winner

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