Billy Smiley

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Billy Smiley
Born (1957-10-19) October 19, 1957 (age 61)
Farmington, Michigan, U.S.
GenresContemporary Christian, Christian rock
Occupation(s)Guitarist, songwriter, producer
InstrumentsGuitar, keyboards, vocals
Years active1982–present
Associated actsWhite Heart, Margaret Becker

Billy Smiley (born October 19, 1957) is a music producer, songwriter, and musician. He is best known for being one of the core members of the Christian rock band White Heart. He was the bands' guitarist, vocalist, and one of the main songwriters since 1982.[1]

After selling over 2 million albums with White Heart, Smiley turned to music production and artist development. He is credited with producing or developing such Christian acts as: Geoff Moore and the Distance, Margaret Becker, Rhonda Gunn, Newsboys, and Bebe & Cece Winans. His most recent, and notable, writing and production accomplishment was earning a platinum certified album for former American Idol finalist Clay Aiken's version of Smiley's song "Merry Christmas with Love." He has teamed with classically trained baritone, David Britton, on two released albums and one upcoming release.[citation needed]

A solo album by Smiley, New Night (1985), centers on his trumpet playing.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Tina Maples (25 February 1991). "White Heart keeps beating". Milwaukee Journal. Retrieved 26 March 2011.