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Professional wrestling theme music
Byron Dale Oliver (born 1970) is an American music composer, guitarist and producer, who is signed for Total Nonstop Action Wrestling. Formerly a backing guitarist for the American country music group BlackHawk, Reba McEntire, Steven Curtis Chapman and Geoff Moore and the Distance.
Oliver toured and recorded with Geoff Moore and the Distance and cowrote 11 songs with Geoff over his 6 years as the guitarist. He was nominated for rock recorded song of the year for A Place to Stand by the GMA. After The Distance band he started a Rock Trio, The Minister, with Jimmie Lee Sloas and Kip Raines and got a recording contract with Hollywood Records. The band recorded one record and disbanded. He recorded and toured with Henry Lee Summer and Steven Curtis Chapman, which he cowrote Tuesdays Child with Chapman, the Live Adventure Tour record received a Grammy in 1994. Following that tour Oliver was offered the band leader, lead guitar for Blackhawk. He toured, recorded, cowrote and now produces them. Oliver cowrote the hit Almost a Memory for Blackhawk as well as Nobody,s Fool and She Dances with her Shadow. When founding member Van Stephenson died from cancer, Oliver left the band and toured with Reba as Lead Guitarist. Since then he was a staff writer for Warner Bros and composed music for EA Sports 2012, 2013 Madden football video game, as well as having a song on the 2008 NASCAR video game he produced. He also has cowritten and produced The Casting Crowns Christian Rock Band also He composed music for the movies Facing the Giant, Unconditional and was a musician on Fire Proof, Courages and Narnia, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. Oliver continues to do sessions and has recorded with, Shania Twain, Kenny Chesney, Shinedown, Carrie Underwood, Sawyer Brown and Bucky Covington who he also Produces and cowrites with. Bucky's first debut record was number one on Billboards hot 100 and has sold Gold having 3 top ten singles on country radio.
Music composer for TNA
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 superstars. Some of his most popular themes are Jeff Jarrett's "My World" which Oliver performs the vocals. AJ Styles "I AM" which he also performed vocals then later added the rap group Gritz to his music. Sting which features Oliver's Guitar work, The Beautiful People/Velvet Sky, James Storm's "Longnecks and Rednecks", Samoa Joe "Nation of Violence" which Oliver supplies the rap. Madison Rayne, Dixie Carter, Tara and Ethan Carter III are also current fan favorites.
In 2010, Oliver collaborated with TNA superstar Jeff Hardy and his 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. He then began using the theme at TNA's pay per view event "Bound For Glory" on October 16, 2011. He has appeared playing the guitar in the 2012 music video Longnecks and Rednecks sung by Serg Salinas featuring country duo Montgomery Gentry. Oliver cowrote, produced that song and played all the instruments as well. In 2013 Oliver produced, cowrote and performed guitars on Jeff Hardy's band new CD Plurality of Worlds. Also, produced, performed and cowrote with Christy Hemme for her upcoming CD release for the Holidays of 2013. Oliver also recorded guitar on the Shinedown album The Sound Of Madness.
TNA has released eleven albums containing Oliver's work during his TNA tenure.
- NWA: TNA The Music, Vol. 1 (2003)
- NWA: TNA The Music, Vol. 2 (2003)
- 3rd Degree Burns: The Music of TNA Wrestling Vol. I (November 21, 2006)
- Meltdown: The Music of TNA Wrestling Vol. 2 (November 20, 2007)
- Emergence: The Music of TNA Wrestling (November 12, 2009)
- TNA Q4 (November 21, 2012)
- TNA Black EP (December 27, 2012)
- TNA Delirium EP (May 3, 2013)
- TNA Deliver EP (November 18, 2013)
- Evolution XIV (April 24, 2014)
- TOI (September 22, 2014)
- ImpactWrestling.com (Official Website of TNA Impact Wrestling)
- BritChick.com (Offers a photo and info on Dale Oliver)