Although he was actively singing and performing earlier, Billy Dean gained national attention after he appeared on the television talent competition Star Search!
What followed was a whirlwind of hits like “Only Here for a Little While”, “Somewhere in My Broken Heart”, and “If There Hadn’t Been You”.
Along with “Tryin’ to Hide a Fire in the Dark” and guest vocals on Kenny Rogers’ 2000 Number One hit “Buy Me a Rose”.
My favorites are “Billy the Kid” and the song “Once in a While,” from the soundtrack to the Luke Perry’s movie ‘8 Seconds’ (the story of Lane Frost (Luke Perry) who become professional bull riding champion in the 1980s).
I can go on about how he also appeared in several soaps, sitcoms, and variety shows, but let me tell you about the show. We really enjoyed the hearing the hits plus some new ones. It was a fun and upbeat show with Billy Dean and the spectacular Steel Horses Band.
As an added bonus, one of our fave Branson comedians, Jarrett Dougherty, is also a part of the show. Jarrett’s wild and zany characters are sure to make you laugh til you have tears. I do believe I volunteered to be Campaign Manager for Cam Payne’s run for President while I was there!
Now back to Billy Dean… Ladies are you ready to swoon? This amazing singer, songwriter, and actor left it all to be with his family. The long hours and days away from his family was damaging his family life to a point that he felt it necessary to make the decision to devote time to family. I will have more from him on this in the interview below.
I was truly honored that this amazing man took the time to visit with me after the show. Billy is a kind person and really cares about his fans. Here is our interview…
Q – How old were you when you started singing?
Billy – Man, that’s hard to remember. It goes so far back. My dad played in a band. I guess I remember singing and playing my guitar in my second grade class.
Billy – Gosh, I don’t know. I have never really had any other career. I will tell you it is an emotional roller-coaster, because well… I really don’t remember much of the 90s. We worked so much and so little sleep (you can imagine trying to sleep on a tour bus running up and down the road). We did that for a lot of years. I wouldn’t say it was stressful, because it was rewarding. It was just tiring with all the hours. We were working when everyone else is playing and when everyone else is working, we are playing.
Q – What do you do when something on stage doesn’t quite go right?
Billy – It’s live. I learned that from Kenny Rogers. He rarely used any kind of prompters, because it is just the way the show happens that day, that moment in time. That’s the beauty of live music. You know I forgot the words to his song tonight. I was all into the song and the story and I messed up. I just got caught-up and forgot where I was. I don’t get rattled or upset. It is what it is.
Billy – Yeah, I did. After about 8 or 9 years touring and a couple of awards. Plus possible future awards like entertainer of the year and others, but it was ripping my family apart. It was ripping me apart. You know, I was gone all the time and I was having a little family. I was on Capital label with Garth Brooks at the time. The record label was in turmoil and I just saw the writing on the wall.Man, I am never going to get to that Entertainer of the Year as long as the machine is broken. My family needs me and I want to be a Dad. I had a taste of the good life and the next challenge is to see if I can be a good dad and be a good husband. It was the best thing I ever did. Better than any music career. It was very rewarding.
Q – My readers like finding out who you are as a person. Like do you have hobbies, and what are some things or causes you are passionate about?
Billy – Well, anything to do with kids. I love charities the do anything with kids. My wife and I are farmers. We have a little farm called Dean Acres. When we have time, we like digging in the dirt and being outside. We both are adrenalin junkies, so we love… our goal is to hit every roller coaster in the United States. Never wore a cowboy hat, did not think of myself as a cowboy. Just a farmer.
Q – Is there anything about your music that you get like when you write a song… that you want your fans to know.
Billy – I try to pierce through people’s walls they may have with music. I try to make something they can really get, that they may not get otherwise. I look at music as medicine, so that’s why I do it now. I used to chase the money and fame and the power. I think my time with my kids changed my course to be able to share some of that experience through music and my dreams with my kids. I wanted to raise a couple of good human beings and that they have good memories of me. They are both in college now and both are really great people. I am most proud of that!
See!! I knew you would swoon!
You can see Billy Dean, Steel Horses, and Jarrett Dougherty at Starlite Theater in Branson
Find out more about Billy Dean
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Also check out the crazy antics of Jarrett Dougherty on Facebook!
We have had so much fun on Stomping our Feet in Branson trip. I have one more show to share with you and it will explain WHY sis and I will be returning to Branson one more time this year!