Anthony Michael "Tony" Arata (born October 10, 1957) is an American singer-songwriter. His best known song is "The Dance", a number-one U.S. country hit for Garth Brooks in 1990. Other artists who have recorded his songs include Suzy Bogguss, Lee Roy Parnell, Patty Loveless, Trisha Yearwood and Emmylou Harris He was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2012.
Arata was born and grew up in Savannah, Georgia, attended the Georgia Southern University, and moved to Nashville in 1986.
He recorded for Noble Vision Records in 1984, charting two singles on the Hot Country Songs charts. In 2000, Arata released his album, Way Back Then.
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