Tim DuBois

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Tim DuBois (born May 4, 1948 in Southwest City, Missouri) is a Nashville, Tennessee-based music executive. He attended Oklahoma State University and received a B.A. and M.A. in Accounting and in 2016 he was awarded an honorary PHD in Accounting. He then entered into the music business and has taken part in multiple aspects of the industry including songwriting, record labels, management, and production. DuBois has been recognized for numerous honors and awards for his contributions to the music industry.

Early career[edit]

DuBois became a Certified Public Accountant in the 1970s after becoming a silver medalist on his CPA exam. DuBois was offered the highest paying job in his class. He went on to obtain his master's and in 2016 he was awarded an honorary PhD in accounting. DuBois moved to Dallas, Texas, where he held positions with Arthur Anderson & Co. and the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas at 24 years old.

In 1977, DuBois moved to Nashville, Tennessee to foster his interests for songwriting and music. From 1977 to 1985, DuBois worked as both a publishing company staff writer and as an accounting professor at several universities including Vanderbilt University, Tennessee State University, University of Tennessee. Throughout that period, DuBois composed over 20 country singles. Five of those singles, including Alabama's "Love in the First Degree", "The Bluest Eyes in Texas" by Restless Heart and "She Got the Goldmine (I Got the Shaft)" by Jerry Reed, reached No. 1 chart positions.

DuBois opened the Nashville branch of Los Angeles-based artist management firm Fitzgerald-Hartley in 1986. Country singer Vince Gill soon joined the company's inaugural client, Restless Heart. DuBois and Gill collaborated on some songwriting projects including the Country Music Association's 1990 Song of the Year, "When I Call Your Name".

In 1989, Clive Davis, founder of Arista Records, appointed DuBois to open the Nashville division of the label. Arista Nashville sold 80 million albums in its first eleven years of business, breaking acts like Alan Jackson, Brooks & Dunn, Pam Tillis, Diamond Rio, Steve Wariner, and Brad Paisley. DuBois later joined producer Tony Brown to operate Universal South Records,[1] launching the careers of Joe Nichols, Cross Canadian Ragweed, and Shooter Jennings.[2]

In 1991, DuBois married Pamela Smith from Dallas, Texas, a friend he had known for fifteen years. They had a daughter in 1994 and named her after DuBois-James Timothy DuBois: Jamie Grace DuBois and is a very strong example of DuBois, both in her intellectual ability of knowledge and an ear for music.

Career today[edit]

In 2007, DuBois returned to the faculty of Vanderbilt's Owen Graduate School of Management, where he is developing courses related to the music business. He has also joined forces with Marc Dottore to form Dottore-DuBois Artist Management,[3] dedicated to providing their clients with the tools and guidance to navigate and thrive in the music industry of the 21st century. DuBois resides in Nashville, Tennessee.

In February 2010, ASCAP announced they would elevate their Nashville outlet to a Regional Office, led by DuBois. DuBois holds the position of Vice President and Managing Executive.[4] After restructuring ASCAP, DuBois was asked to join London Broadcast Company in January 2012, based in Dallas, Texas. He started a joint-venture called AMP (Artists, Managers, Partners) which he is still managing.


DuBois serves on the boards of the Country Music Association, Academy of Country Music, Americana Music Association, and SunTrust Bank, and as chairman of the Nashville Convention and Visitors Bureau. He is a past board member of Leadership Music, Country Music Foundation, National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences, Nashville Songwriters Foundation, and Nashville Songwriters Association International.

Awards and recognition[edit]

Tim DuBois has been recognized as "Record Executive of the Year" by Pollstar, and as one of the entertainment industry's "101 Most Powerful People" by Entertainment Weekly. He was inducted into Oklahoma State University's Hall of Fame in 1996. Throughout his songwriting career, DuBois has earned five number-1 singles, 24 top-ten singles, six ASCAP Awards, nine BMI Country Awards, two BMI Pop Awards and a number of other songwriting accolades.

Songwriting awards[edit]

Organization Award Song Date
Country Music Association Song of the Year "When I Call Your Name" 1991
Academy of Country Music Song of the Year Nomination "When I Call Your Name" 1991
Grammy Awards Song of the Year Nomination "When I Call Your Name" 1991
Music City News Awards Single of the Year "When I Call Your Name" 1991
Nashville Songwriters Association International Award of Merit "When I Call Your Name" 1991
Academy of Country Music Song of the Year Nomination "She Got the Goldmine (I Got the Shaft)" 1982
Grammy Awards Song of the Year Nomination "She Got the Goldmine (I Got the Shaft)" 1982
Nashville Songwriters Association International Award of Merit "She Got the Goldmine (I Got the Shaft)" 1982
Academy of Country Music Song of the Year Nomination "Love in the First Degree" 1982
Music City News Awards Top Country Hits Awards "Love in the First Degree" 1982
Nashville Songwriters Association International Songwriter of the Year Finalist 1982


Title Artist
A Good Nights Love Tammy Wynette
A Good Old Fashioned Saturday Night Honky Vernon Oxford
Tonk Barroom Brawl Vernon Oxford
Back To The Heartbreak Kid Kathy Mattea
Back To The Heartbreak Kid Restless Heart
Big Dreams In A Small Town Restless Heart
Blind Faith And The Naked Truth Razzy Bailey
Blue Rendevouz Lloyd David Foster
Crazy Blue Billy Montana
Dancys Dream Restless Heart
Don't Ask The Reason Why Secret Of My Success
D-R-U-N-K David Allen Coe
Few And Far Between Restless Heart
Gone Away Steve Ripley
Hard Times Restless Heart
Have Your Memory Come Again Kenny Dale
Heartbreak Kid Juice Newton
Heaven Sent Sylvia
Heaven Sent Bryan White
Hummingbird Ricky Skaggs
Hummingbird Restless Heart
I Forgot How Bad My Good Woman Can Be Razzy Bailey
I Love The Way She Keeps Me In The Dark Conway Twitty
I Was Meant To Be With You Diamond Rio
It's Been One Of Those Days Bobby Vinton
It's Been One Of Those Days Lang Scott
I've Never Been So Sure Restless Heart
Jenny Come Back Restless Heart
Jesse's Soul Radney Foster
Julie Do I Ever Cross Your Mind Wood Newton
Let The Heartache Ride Restless Heart
Love In The First Degree Alabama
Love The Hurt Away Wood Newton
Love Will Get Your Through Time With No Money The Girls Next Door
Midnight Hauler Razzy Bailey
Oklahoma Swing Vince Gill & Reba McEntire
Quittin' Time Asleep At The Wheel
Restless Heart Juice Newton
Restless Heart Restless Heart
Say You'll Stay Wayne Massey
She Got The Goldmine Johnny Paycheck
She Got The Goldmine Jerry Reed
She's Got A Drinkin' Problem Gary Stewart
She's Got A Drinkin' Problem Johnny Paycheck
Somewhere There's A Love Song Charlie Rich
Southern Comfort Joe Stampley
Straight For Your Love Terri Heart
Sweet Temptation The Kendalls
Sweet Red Wine Gary Morris
Tell Your Dream To Me Marty Robbins
The Bluest Eyes In Texas Restless Heart
The Boys On A Roll Restless Heart
The Truth Hurts Restless Heart
This Road Mike Reid
This Time Restless Heart
Too Many Hearts In The Fire Bobby Smith
Tryin To Get To New Orleans The Tractors
Unconditional Love Glen Campbell
Victim Of The Game Restless Heart
We Owned This Town Restless Heart
When I Call Your Name Vince Gill
Who Better Than an Angel Janie Frickie
Working Woman Rob Crosby
You Seen One You Seen 'em All Bettye Lovette
You Seen One You Seen 'em All Ruth Ann
You've Got The Touch Lloyd David Foster

Record production credits[edit]

Artist Title Record label Date Award or recognition
Blackhawk Strong Enough Arista Records 1996 Certified Gold
Diamond Rio IV Arista Records 1995 Certified Gold
Blackhawk Blackhawk Arista Records 1994 Certified Double Platinum
Diamond Rio Love A Little Stronger Arista Records 1994 Certified Platinum
Diamond Rio Close to the Edge Arista Records 1993 Certified Gold
Steve Wariner Drive Arista Records 1993
Diamond Rio Diamond Rio Arista Records 1991 Certified Platinum
Exile Justice Arista Records 1991
Steve Wariner I Am Ready Arista Records 1991 Certified Gold
Restless Heart The Best of Restless Heart RCA Records 1991
Exile Still Standing Arista Records 1990
Restless Heart Fast Movin’ Train RCA Records 1990 Certified Gold
Restless Heart Big Dreams In A Small Town RCA Records 1988 Certified Gold
Restless Heart Wheels RCA Records 1986 Certified Gold
Restless Heart Restless Heart RCA Records 1985

Song production credits[edit]

Title Artist
(Back to The) Heartbreak Kid
Big Dreams In A Small Town
Gone Away
Heaven Sent
Hummingbird Restless Heart
Hummingbird Ricky Skaggs
I Was Meant To Be With You
Jesse's Soul
Love In the First Degree
Midnight Hauler
Oklahoma Swing
Quittin’ Time
She Got the Goldmine (I Got the Shaft)
She's Got A Drinking Problem
The Bluest Eyes In Texas