Word to the wise: Momma don’t let your babies set foot in the Bluebird Cafe. Tia Sillers moved to Nashville as a teenager and got to spend a few seminal years hanging out in that world-renowned music venue. There she heard local writers like Don Schlitz and Rodney Crowell perform and she was hooked.
In the years that followed, Sillers went on to pen a whole lot of accidental hits, and that’s been a mighty thrilling thing — but what’s moved and inspired her the most is the time she’s gotten to spend ( or waste — depending on how you look at it) crafting words and music with a bunch of interesting, right-brained, flat-out-strange collaborators. Her song “I Hope You Dance”, which she wrote with Mark D. Sanders, is an example of what can happen when two left-handed odd-ducks get together. It went on to win 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. The song also enjoyed success in Europe and South America with the artist Ronan Keating and has been recorded by Gladys Knight for the movie “The Family That Preys.”
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 to have recorded Sillers songs include Vince Gill, David Nail, Rick Brantley, Lindsey Ell, Martina McBride, Trace Adkins, Diamond Rio, Wynonna, Patty Loveless, Sister Hazel, Johnny Reid, John Waite, Runaway June and Delta Rae.
One of the things Tia has realized is that she’s really more of a back porch poet than a commercial songwriter — an admission that might be the kiss of death in the modern music biz. To keep her ears fresh and thoughts undiluted, she primarily listens to Portuguese Fado and 1970’s Brazilian pop — really! She’s not very good at writing songs that describe female body parts or have lots of la-la-las in them. She needs the song to mean something, to move her. . . She doesn’t do Facebook — so the best way to get in touch with her is through the fine folks at Little Extra Music Publishers in Nashville.
Sillers loves to travel and frequently performs ‘live’ at festivals and listening venues across North America and Europe. She is married to her frequent collaborator and fellow black sheep, singer-songwriter Mark Selby, and has a precocious little black cat named Sylvester Sherlock.
Additional information and photos available at: markselby.com