Tony Ramey

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Tony Ramey is an Americana and Country Music singer and songwriter. During his career, he has recorded eleven albums and EPs and had dozens of songs recorded by other country music artists. His repertoire of songs reaches over 3,400 in number and his songwriting career spans twenty-four years as a professional. Ramey wrote and performed the title song for the movie, The Last Ride a fact-based drama about the final days of troubled country-music legend Hank Williams. His music can also be heard on the soundtrack for Pure Country 2: The Gift. He has performed a duet with Willie Nelson on his Soul Survivor album, which brought some acclaim to his status as a troubadour. His songs have appeared in television as well on daytime drama series “The Young and the Restless” and on outdoor television shows such as “Canada in the Rough”.

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Early life

(Tony) Anthony Ramey was born on April 17, 1974 in Kenova, West Virginia. He grew up in Kenova where his father was a journeyman for Owens-Illinois Glass Company and his mother was a law department assistant. Tony has one older brother, Aca Ramey, a federal park ranger in Huntington, WV for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Tony began earning royalties from his songs when he was only seventeen years old—garnering song credits on Nashville independent artists and acts working out of Branson Missouri.

After graduating from Ceredo-Kenova High School, Tony earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in English Literature at Marshall University. While in college, Tony formed the Dixie Flyer Band, a country music cover band who also played Tony's original songs he had begun writing at the age of 11. After winning the True-Value Country Showdown, Dixie Flyer toured extensively throughout Ohio, Kentucky, Virginia, and West Virginia, performing at fairs, festivals, and other music venues. Tony moved to Nashville and later worked on a PhD in English Literature with Concentrations in Old English, Romanticism, and American Literature. His scholarship and work in Samuel Taylor Coleridge garnered a Wolfe Award from MTSU's graduate school for excellence in critical writing and research.

Music career

Ramey's frequent performances included opening for Billy Ray Cyrus, Dan Seals, Reba McEntire, Lorrie Morgan, George Jones, Keith Whitley, Glen Campbell, and other Country Music artists.

Ramey was offered a deal on Polydor Polygram/Mercury Records, but shortly thereafter the Polygram division was bought by A&M of California and the Nashville office was closed. Ramey began working with Tom Collins, a producer and publisher on Nashville's Music Row. Ramey's first gold record as a songwriter, "I Don't Want This Song to End, was recorded by John Michael Montgomery.

Several years later, Tony and Tom Collins amicably parted ways. Not long after, Ramey was invited to do a songwriting round at the Bluebird Café. While performing at Bluebird, Ramey was seen by the creative director of Muy Bueno Music, owned by country music artist George Strait. While at Muy Bueno, Ramey amassed a catalog of more than 900 songs and several country Top Forty, international Top Forty, and gold record and platinum record hits.

In 2007, Tony left Muy Bueno to sign with Cherry Lane Music of New York, which began by publishing songs from the iconic John Denver and Elvis Presley. Ramey's songs were performed on television and in film, and by Canadian, Australian, and European musicians. While at Cherry Lane, Ramey produced and released his self-titled fifth studio album.

When BMG Germany acquired Cherry Lane in 2010, [1] Ramey joined Davis Music Group in Nashville as creative director/songwriter for the company's publishing division. [2] [3] His stint there would only last a year and the road would call him out again to begin touring as a troubadour.

In the spring of 2011, Tony moved to Greenville, Texas where he is continuing to write music, and has undertaken a concert tour throughout the US. After moving to Texas, he recorded CDs Throwback, Soul Survivor (which features Willie Nelson), and TheSpirit of Hank and the Heart of James Dean. He is the recipient of the Country Music Association of Texas Independent Artist of the Year Award in 2016. In 2015, Country Music icon Ray Price recorded a song Tony co-wrote called "No More Songs to Sing" for his Beauty Is: The Last Sessions Album. Most recently (2015-16), Mark Chesnutt recorded Tony Ramey's song "Oughta Miss Me By Now" and Marcus Lindsey of The Marcus Lindsey Band recorded "Too Much Ain't Enough" in 2015 for his self-titled debut album Marcus Lindsey. His song credits on current releases include the 2018 Spotify and Texas Country Radio hit "Any Night in Texas," the title song from Jon Wolfe's 2018 album release, and "A Country Boy's Life Well Lived from the same collection."

Career and awards

Gold records

Awards

Songwriter's credits

SongRecorded ByLabelAlbumYear
I Don't Want This Song To EndJohn Michael MontgomeryAtlanticLeave A Mark1998
Make Up In LoveDoug StoneAtlanticMake Up In Love1999
Something To Write Home AboutCraig MorganAtlanticCraig Morgan2000
Second ChanceTrisha YearwoodMCAInside Out2002
Lonesome WindStevens SistersRounder RecordsLittle By Little2002
Kings For A DayJake MathewsOpen Road/EMI (Canada)Time After Time2003
The Ride Of My LifeKelly KenningAirastar RecordsRide Of My Life2004
Weekend In JuarezKelly KenningAirastar RecordsRide Of My Life2004
Watertower SkylineTony RameyAirastar RecordsPlaces2004
Let Me Be LonelyTony RameyAirastar RecordsPlaces2004
That's How I's RaisedKevin DennyLyric Street RecordsUnreleased2005
Hot Grease and ZydecoGeorge StraitMCATwang2008
Never Been To TexasJason MeadowsBaccerstick RecordsYou Ain't Never Been To Texas2008
Second ChanceKatrina ElamBlack River RecordsPure Country 2: The Gift (Soundtrack)2010
Too Much Ain't EnoughClinton GregoryMelody Round UpToo Much Ain't Enough2011
The Last RideTony RameyLive Bait/Curb RecordsThe Last Ride (Soundtrack)2011
Hold A WomanBucky CovingtoneOne MusicGood Guys [4] 2011
Summertime GirlAaron WatsonBig Label RecordsReal Good Time2012
Broke Down In GeorgiaBobby CyrusBGC RecordsHome Place2012
His New BabyJon WolfeWarner Bros.It All Happened In A Honky Tonk2013
That's How I Was RaisedAlabamaShow Dog-UniversalAlabama and Friends2014
No More Songs to SingRay PriceAmerimonte RecordsBeauty Is2015
Broken BonesMoe BandyBandy Productions, LLCLucky Me2015
Oughta Miss Me By NowMark ChesnuttNada DineroTradition Lives2016
Too Much Ain't EnoughMarcus LindseyVision RecordsMarcus Lindsey2016
Any Night in TexasJon WolfeFool Hearted ProductionsAny Night in Texas2018
Country Boy's Life Well LivedJon WolfeFool Hearted ProductionsAny Night in Texas2018

Discography

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Re-mastered Releases

Singles

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References

  1. "Bertlesman Acquires Cherry Lane Music, Stage Three and Adage IV | Royalty Review Council". Royaltycouncil.com. 2010-08-05. Retrieved 2013-08-12.
  2. Tony Ramey Joins Davis Music-Publishing : MusicRow – Nashville's Music Industry Publication – News, Songs From Music City
  3. "Tony Ramey Joins Davis Music-Publishing : MusicRow – Nashville's Music Industry Publication – News, Songs From Music City". Musicrow.com. 2010-11-16. Retrieved 2013-08-12.
  4. Out Today: Good Guys – Bucky Covington | Urban Country News
  5. CD Review: Tony Ramey, “Throwback” : Scene in Town