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Billy Blue Publishing Signs Mike Richards, Acclaimed Songwriter and Bluegrass Artist

Nashville, Tennessee (June 29, 2023) — Billy Blue Publishing is thrilled to announce the addition of multi-award-winning songwriter Mike Richards to its esteemed family of writers. With an impressive track record and extensive contributions to the bluegrass genre, Richards brings his exceptional talent to further elevate Billy Blue Publishing’s roster of renowned songwriters.

As a founding member of Chigger Hill Boys & Terri, Mike Richards has garnered widespread recognition for his songwriting prowess. Richards brings an impressive list of accomplishments to Billy Blue that includes the 1999 GMA Dove Award Song of the Year “He Still Looks Over Me,” contributions to various projects by the legendary Lewis Family, the “First Family of Bluegrass Gospel,” Lee Greenwood’s “One Life To Love,” and number one Gospel hits “Are You Prayin’ Hard” and “Songs Like Those for Days Like These.” On the Gospel side, Richards has had songs recorded by the Freemans, Amber Nelon Thompson, Morgan Easter, the Singing Cookes, Cumberland Quartet, Old Time Gospel Hour Quartet, Mark Trammell Trio, and Chigger Hill Boys & Terri, among others. Richards also contributed feature music for NBC TV’s “Third Watch” during its six season run. Most recently, he co-wrote “Nothing Quite As Amazing As Grace” with Tony Cooper & Terri Gore, which is currently receiving airplay on bluegrass radio for Chigger Hill Boys & Terri. You can see Mike on “American Pickers” from time to time giving expert advice on all sorts of items.

Joe Dan Cornett, Creative Director for Billy Blue Publishing, expressed his delight, “We are thrilled to have Mike join our Billy Blue Music Publishing family. His exceptional writing skills and profound knowledge of the bluegrass genre will undoubtedly prove to be a huge asset for us and the entire bluegrass community. I eagerly anticipate the impact of his songs on this genre for years to come.”

“I am so very excited to become a part of this elite family of songwriters and staff at Billy Blue Publishing,” commented Richards. “I hope to contribute to their success for a very long time. Thank you to the Billy Blue team for believing in me!”

Billy Blue Publishing has gained significant acclaim for its exceptional repertoire, with five #1 songs to its credit in its short existence. Notable hits include Alan Bibey & Grasstowne’s “Hitchhiking to California” and Donna Ulisse’s “When I Go All Bluegrass on You.” Since its inception in 2019, Billy Blue Publishing has fostered a creative environment for exceptional songwriters, including Laura Leigh Jones, Bill Whyte, David Morris, Donna Ulisse, Alan Bibey, Jason Barie, Kristy Cox, Jerry Cole, John Meador, Mike Richards, Jim VanCleve, Barry Abernathy, Carson Peters, Darrell Webb, and more.

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