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|Birth name||Jason Todd Deere|
December 19, 1968 |
|Occupation(s)||singer, songwriter, record producer|
Jason Todd Deere (born December 19, 1968 in Enid, Oklahoma) is an American singer, songwriter and record producer. He has written memorable songs for acts like Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town, LeAnn Rimes, Jessica Simpson, Jim Brickman, SHeDAISY, Be Be Winans, Natalie Grant, Point of Grace, Wanessa Camargo, Leonardo, Luiza Possi, The Wreckers and he has a lengthy list of film, television and production credits.
Jason Deere was born on Vance Air Force Base in Enid, Oklahoma. By the time he was three years old his family moved to Norman, Oklahoma where he lived until he graduated from Norman High School in 1987. His fire for music was lit the day he sang in front of his second grade class (Glen Campbell’s Rhinestone Cowboy). He began writing songs in high school and played in local bands around Oklahoma. After spending a year at Brigham Young University, where he started as a freshman on BYU’s rugby team, and after serving a two-year mission for his church, Deere finished his education at the University Of Oklahoma in 1994 with a degree in English Literature. He then moved to Nashville, Tennessee where he has resided since.
Success as a songwriter, producer and remixer
Deere has made a career out of writing hit songs and developing hit artists. He has written songs recorded by Little Big Town, LeAnn Rimes, Jessica Simpson, Jim Brickman, SHeDAISY, Be Be Winans, Natalie Grant, Point of Grace, Wanessa Camargo, Leonardo, Luiza Possi, The Wreckers, James Wesley, Chad Brock and Due West, and he has a lengthy list of film and television credits (including Tim Allen’s Santa Clause 2, The Nativity Story and Letters To God). When he’s not writing, Deere is devoted to helping other artists become major label recording successes such as SHeDAISY, Due West, Ryan Shupe & the Rubberband and Little Big Town.
Deere’s career had quite a springboard in 1999 when the first act that he had extensively worked with (SHeDAISY) was signed to Disney’s Lyric Street Records. Deere co-wrote five songs on their platinum debut album The Whole SHeBANG, including three top ten hits. He spent more than five years working with one of the most successful songwriters of our generation, Diane Warren, producing demo recordings on her songs. He has also produced music with American Idol Season 5 Winner Taylor Hicks, Wanessa Camargo, Ryan Shupe & The Rubberband (Hey Hey Hey, 2004 Pearl Award for Contemporary Album Of The Year), Due West, Carmen Rasmusen and Eric e Henrique. With his remixing partner Silvio Richetto, Deere had a run of hit single remixes for artists like Jamey Johnson, Joe Nichols, Lady Antebellum and the best known being Trace Adkins’ Honky Tonk Badonkadonk.
Nashville Tribute Band
Between 2005 and 2007 Deere wrote, recorded and produced two best-selling and award winning albums about the history of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Deere’s latest CD in the LDS trilogy, The Work: A Nashville Tribute to the Missionaries, was released on August 4, 2011. Deere regularly invites a revolving cast of talented artists and musicians that he calls the Nashville Tribute Band to join him in touring the world performing the stories and songs from the Nashville Tribute albums. Over the years Dan Truman (of the country group Diamond Rio), Brad Hull, Matt Lopez and Tim Gates (of the country group Due West), entertainer David Osmond, actor and recording artist Katherine Nelson, country artist Billy Dean, Ron Saltmarsh, pop artist Mindy Gledhill and Dyer Highway are all among those who have often walked on stage with the band. The band has done over 500 shows for audiences in the U.S., Canada, Australia and China since 2004.
In 1999 Deere produced BMG’s Brazilian Recording artist Wanessa Camargo’s self-titled debut album. The success of this album led to Deere producing six consecutive albums on Camargo. Deere also wrote many of her hits over the years including O Amor Não Deixa, Tanta Saudade, Gostar de Mim, Um Dia…Meu Primeiro Amor, and Sem Querer. Deere had more than 50 songs recorded in the Brazilian market and 9 hit singles with Camargo, Leonardo and Luiza Possi.
- Mitchell, Rex Colin (September 12, 2011). "REVIEW: Nashville Tribute Band brings on the tears". Utah Statesman. Retrieved 13 May 2012.
- Bowler, Hillary (August 2, 2011). "A tribute to faith: Musicians take time from traditional careers to sing about gospel with Nashville Tribute Band (subscription required)". Deseret News. Retrieved 13 May 2012.