|Origin||Nashville, Tennessee, United States|
|Associated acts||Exile, Southern Pacific|
|Past members||Marc Beeson
Burnin' Daylight was an American country music band composed of Marc Beeson (lead vocals, guitar), Kurt Howell (drums, vocals), and Sonny LeMaire (bass guitar, vocals). Howell was formerly a member of Southern Pacific, and LeMaire a former member of Exile. Burnin' Daylight recorded one album on Curb Records in 1996, in addition to charting three singles on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks (now Hot Country Songs) charts. The highest of these, "Say Yes", reached No. 37.
Burnin' Daylight was formed in 1995 by Sonny LeMaire, Kurt Howell, and Marc Beeson. LeMaire was formerly a member of Exile, and Howell, formerly of Southern Pacific and later a solo artist for Reprise Records. Marc Beeson was a Nashville songwriter who had previously charted a solo single on BNA Records in the early 1990s. The group had originally assumed the name The Loose Cannons, but was forced to change its name to Burnin' Daylight because another band had the same name. Originally, songwriters Trey Bruce and Rob Crosby were slated to be members of Burnin' Daylight as well. However, they decided to focus on their respective solo careers instead.
Initially, Burnin' Daylight was intended to be only a live band. They eventually sent a tape to Mike Curb, head of the Curb Records label, who signed the group in 1997. In April of that year, Burnin' Daylight released its eponymous debut album. They charted three singles on the Billboard country music charts, including a Top 40 hit in "Say Yes". Robert Loy of Country Standard Time gave the album a negative review, criticizing it as formula.
Since disbanding in 1997, former bass guitarist Sonny LeMaire has written several singles for other artists, including the Number One hit "Beautiful Mess" by Diamond Rio, "She Thinks She Needs Me" by Andy Griggs, and "Fall" by Clay Walker (also recorded by Kimberley Locke). All of these were collaborations with Shane Minor and Clay Mills. LeMaire has also since reunited with Exile.
Burnin' Daylight (1997)
|Studio album by Burnin' Daylight|
|Released||April 15, 1997|
|Producer||Mark Bright and Burnin' Daylight|
|1.||"Say Yes"||Marc Beeson, Chuck Jones||4:09|
|2.||"God Made a Woman"||Beeson, Sonny LeMaire, Bernie Nelson||3:39|
|3.||"Some Hearts (Get All the Breaks)"||Beeson, Rick Bowles||3:25|
|4.||"Nice Work (If You Can Get It)"||LeMaire, Beeson, Robert Byrne||3:31|
|5.||"I Wouldn't Know"||Beeson, Byrne, Mike McGuire||3:24|
|6.||"The Only Way I Know"||Joanie Chappel-Beeson, Craig Bickhardt||4:07|
|7.||"Love Worth Fighting For"||Beeson, LeMaire, Kurt Howell||3:13|
|8.||"Live to Love Again"||Beeson, Howell, LeMaire, Trey Bruce||3:09|
|9.||"Cut and Run"||Howell, Bruce||3:37|
|10.||"My New Tattoo"||Stephen Allen Davis||3:34|
|11.||"Everything or Nothing at All"||Beeson, Howell, LeMaire||4:33|
- Marc Beeson — acoustic guitar, lead vocals
- Kurt Howell — keyboards, vocals
- Sonny LeMaire — bass guitar, vocals
- J. T. Corenflos — electric guitar
- Dann Huff — electric guitar
- Greg Morrow — drums (all tracks except "God Made a Woman")
- Lonnie Wilson — drums on "God Made a Woman"
|U.S. Billboard Top Country Albums||74|
|US Country||CAN Country|
|1996||"Love Worth Fighting For"||49||—|
|"Live to Love Again"||58||96|
|"—" denotes releases that did not chart|
|1996||"Love Worth Fighting For"||chris rogers|