Dale Oliver

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Dale Oliver
Origin United States
Genres Country,
Professional wrestling theme music
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Guitar
Dobro
Mandolin
Years active 1992–present
Associated acts Blackhawk

Byron Dale Oliver (born 1970) is an American music composer, guitarist and producer, who is signed to Total Nonstop Action Wrestling.[1] Oliver was formerly a backing guitarist for the American country music group BlackHawk, Reba McEntire, Steven Curtis Chapman, and Geoff Moore and the Distance.[2]

Career[edit]

Oliver toured and recorded with Geoff Moore and the Distance as their guitarist for 6 years and cowrote 11 songs with Moore during this time. He was nominated for rock song of the year for "A Place to Stand". After leaving The Distance, Oliver formed a rock trio called The Minister with Jimmie Lee Sloas and Kip Raines. The band was then signed to Hollywood Records. The band recorded one album and disbanded.

Oliver then recorded and toured with Henry Lee Summer and Steven Curtis Chapman. Chapman's album "The Live Adventure," which featured the song "Tuesdays Child," which Oliver cowrote with Chapman, won a Grammy in 1994.

Following the Live Adventure tour, Oliver was offered a role as lead guitarist in the band Blackhawk. He toured and recorded with Blackhawk, as well as cowriting some of their music, such as "Almost a Memory," "Nobody's Fool," and "She Dances with her Shadow." Oliver currently works as a producer for the band. [3]

When Blackhawk founding member Van Stephenson died from cancer, Oliver left the band and began touring with Reba McIntyre as her lead guitarist.

After touring with McIntyre, Oliver worked as staff writer for Warner Bros and composed music for EA Sports 2012, the 2013 Madden video game, and produced a song for the 2008 NASCAR video game. Oliver also wrote songs for and produced the music of Christian rock band The Casting Crowns. He composed music for the movies Facing the Giant and Unconditional and was a musician on the soundtracks for the movies Fireproof, Courageous, and The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. Oliver continues to record music and has recorded with Shania Twain, Kenny Chesney, Shinedown, Carrie Underwood, Sawyer Brown and Bucky Covington. Oliver cowrote songs with Covington and has produced his music. [4]

Music composer for TNA[edit]

Since 2002, Oliver has written, recorded, and produced music exclusively under contract for TNA Wrestling. His works are typically used as theme songs for their wrestlers. Some of his themes are Jeff Jarrett's entrance music "My World," for which Oliver performs the vocals; AJ Styles' "I AM," for which he also performed vocals and collaborated with rap group Gritz; Sting's entrance music, which features Oliver on guitar; The Beautiful People/Velvet Sky's entrance music; James Storm's "Longnecks and Rednecks" theme; and Samoa Joe's "Nation of Violence" entrance song, on which Oliver raps. Oliver also supplied the entrance themes for Madison Rayne, Dixie Carter, Tara and Ethan Carter III, as well as others.

In 2010, Oliver collaborated with TNA wrestler Jeff Hardy and Hardy's band Peroxwhy?gen on two songs. The first was a remix of the song "Modest" by Hardy. The other was a remix of the Peroxwhy?gen song "Another Me," which Hardy uses as his entrance theme. In 2011, Oliver again teamed with Hardy to work on the track "Resurrected", which Hardy announced on his official Twitter page. Hardy then began using the theme at TNA's "Bound For Glory" Pay-Per-View event on October 16, 2011.

Oliver appeared, playing guitar, in the 2012 music video for "Longnecks and Rednecks" by Serg Salinas featuring Montgomery Gentry. Oliver cowrote, produced, and played all instruments for the song.

In 2013 Oliver produced, cowrote and played guitar on Peroxwhy?gen's newest album. [5] He also, produced, performed and cowrote Christy Hemme's 2013 holiday album, and played guitar on the Shinedown album "The Sound Of Madness."[citation needed]

Discography[edit]

TNA has released eleven albums containing Oliver's work during his TNA tenure.

References[edit]

  1. ^ MacKinder, Matt (2 February 2007). "3rd Degree Burns a big hit for TNA". Canadian Online Explorer. Retrieved 26 September 2010. 
  2. ^ OTM Productions(Dale Oliver) facebook
  3. ^ all music guide
  4. ^ olivertwistmusic.com
  5. ^ shoptna

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