(Nashville, Tennessee…) – Little Extra Music president Lisa Ramsey Perkins today announced the signing of award-winning songwriter Tia Sillers to a worldwide publishing agreement. The creative crafter of songs has written #1 singles for Alan Jackson, the Dixie Chicks, Kenny Wayne Shepherd and others, and her songs have won awards from almost every organization in entertainment.
“Tia Sillers is such an amazing, soulful and prolific writer,” said Ramsey Perkins. “Her streak of award winning, hit songs, speaks for itself. Grammys, ACM and CMA Song of the Year for ‘I Hope You Dance,’ and the list goes on! The talent and energy she brings to our company is unparalleled. We couldn’t be more excited to have her a part of our Little Extra Music family!”
Tia moved to Nashville as a teenager and spent a few seminal years hanging out in that world-renowned Bluebird Café. There she heard local writers like Don Schlitz and Rodney Crowell perform, and she was hooked.
In the years since, Sillers has gone on to pen a whole lot of what she calls “accidental hits” – crafting words and music with a bunch of interesting, right-brained, flat-out-strange collaborators. Her smash hit song “I Hope You Dance,” which she wrote with Mark D. Sanders, won every conceivable award including the Grammy, CMA, ACM, NSAI, ASCAP and BMI Song of the Year. “I Hope You Dance” inspired a series of gift books of the same title that became bestsellers, and enjoyed success in Europe and South America with the artist Ronan Keating and was recorded by Gladys Knight for the movie “The Family That Preys.”
“I’ve wanted to work with Lisa Ramsey Perkins for more than a decade,” said Sillers. “As a publisher, she has that magical combination of hyper-focus, true love of creativity and never-say-die attitude. She knows when to encourage, when to pull out the bull-whip and when to leave us poor angst-riddled songwriters alone.”
Some of Tia Sillers’ singles include Alan Jackson’s “That’d Be Alright” (#1), The Dixie Chicks’ “There’s Your Trouble” (#1 and Grammy winner), Trisha Yearwood’s “Heaven, Heartache and the Power of Love” (Top 20 and Grammy Nominated) and Kenny Wayne Shepherd’s “Blue On Black” (#1 and Billboard Rock Song of the Year.) Others who have recorded Sillers’ songs include Martina McBride, Trace Adkins, Diamond Rio, Wynonna, Patty Loveless, Sister Hazel, Vince Gill and John Waite.
North of the border, Sillers has had numerous hit singles by artists like Teri Clark (“Wrecking Ball”), Victoria Banks (“The Wheel”), Jason Blain (“Don’t Leave the Leavin’ Up To Me”), and Johnny Reid (“Let’s Take It Outside,” “Doesn’t Get Better Than You.”) Reid’s “Dance With Me” was voted Canadian Country Song of the Year in 2011 and was the most played song that year.
Sillers frequently performs at festivals and listening venues across North America and Europe. She is married to her frequent collaborator, singer-songwriter Mark Selby.
Attached Photo: (l. to r.) Lisa Ramsey Perkins, Little Extra Music; Clay Bradley, BMI; Tia Sillers