Paul’s songwriting career
Mississippi-born country music singer and songwriter, Paul Overstreet, has recorded 10 studio albums and charted 16 singles on the Billboard country charts, including two #1 hits. He has also written singles for several other country acts, including #1 hits for Randy Travis, Blake Shelton and Keith Whitley, as well as The Judds and Kenny Chesney.
Prior to his solo success, he was one third of the trio S-K-O. In addition, Paul’s sons Nash and Chord are also involved in the entertainment business. Nash is the lead guitarist for the pop band Hot Chelle Rae, while Chord is best known for his role of Sam Evans on the television program Glee.
During his songwriting career, Paul has written or co-written 27 Top-Ten songs. He is best known for country songs such as “Forever and Ever, Amen” and “On the Other Hand”, both of which were #1 for Randy Travis. He co-wrote “When You Say Nothing at All”, a #1 hit for Keith Whitley and, in 1995, for Alison Krauss. In 1995, he also collaborated with Don Moen to perform and write a song called “God Is Good All The Time”, from Don’s album “Rivers of Joy”.
Not only have Paul’s songs been recorded by other artists, but they’ve earned him numerous awards. Overstreet has earned two Grammy Awards, for “Forever and Ever, Amen” and “Love Can Build a Bridge”. BMI honored him as Songwriter of the Year for five consecutive years from 1987-1991. This is a mark on the Music Row wall that has not been reached before or since. He also won CMA and ACM Song of the Year in 1987 and 1988. The “Love is Strong” album earned Overstreet a Dove Award for Country Recorded Album of the Year in 1992. He also earned Dove Awards for Country Recorded Song of the Year in 1991 for “Seein’ My Father In Me” and “There But For the Grace of God Go I” in 1994. Overstreet has been awarded the TNN Viewer’s Choice Award for Christian Country Artist and received the Christian Country Music Association Award for Mainstream Artist-of-the-Year as well. In 2003, Paul was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame.
Aside from being a writer and an artist, Paul is also an accomplished producer. In 2011 he co-produced an album for Country Music artist Kristen Kelly (RCA). He co-produced his own albums and was sole producer for Christian country artist Suzy Luchsinger; this album launched her career.
Late in 1999, Paul founded Scarlet Moon Records, releasing “A Songwriter’s Project-Volume 1” in 2000, “Living By The Book” and “Christmas, My Favorite Time of the Year” in 2001, One of the most rewarding of his many ventures is his involvement with his good friend, Franklin Graham & the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. He has had the distinct honor of traveling to Nicaragua and Honduras on behalf of Samaritan’s Purse, a relief organization to meet the physical and spiritual needs of people in crisis situations. Paul and his wife Julie with their children Nash, Summer, Chord, Harmony, Skye and Charity, and a large, assorted pet menagerie, reside on a farm near a small town outside of Nashville, TN.