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Bobby Pinson

Bobby Pinson

Bobby Pinson was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma but raised in the panhandle of Texas. Influenced by poet and songwriter Shel Silverstein, Bobby began entering writing and storytelling contests, and by high school, he began writing songs as well, citing Johnny Cash, Bruce Springsteen and Steve Earle as influences Because his father was a football coach, Pinson was moved throughout the state of Texas, and played football himself in high school. After graduating from Claremore High School, Bobby served in the United States Army for three years.  While in the Army, he founded a band which began playing at local venues in California, where he met songwriters Larry Boone and Paul Nelson, who suggested that he move to Nashville, which he did in 1996. He worked several odd jobs in Nashville, including delivering phone books and loading railroad ties for the Santa Fe Railroad. By 1999, he was signed to a publishing contract with Sony/ATV Music. Artists who recorded his material included Blake Shelton, Marty Stuart and LeAnn Rimes, Tracy Lawrence and others. After playing at several artist and songwriter showcases, Bobby was discovered by producer Joe Scaife, who helped him sign to a contract with RCA Records. His debut single, "Don't Ask Me How I Know" charted in early 2005 and reached a peak of No. 16 on the Billboard country charts. This was the first single from his debut album Man Like Me. By the end of 2005, Bobby exited RCA's roster. His first #1 as a songwriter came in 2006, when Sugarland topped the Billboard country charts with "Want To," which he co-wrote with the duo's members, Kristian Bush and Jennifer Nettles. Trent Tomlinson also released a co-write, "One Wing in the Fire.” He released a third album, Songs for Somebody, in 2007 on an independent label.  In 2008, Bobby also began writing with Toby Keith, and on Toby’s 2008 album That Don't Make Me a Bad Guy, all but three songs were co-written by Toby and Bobby. He also has several cuts on Sugarland's 2008 album Love on the Inside, including its first three singles, which were #1 hits. Bobby and Terry McBride also co-wrote Brooks & Dunn's 2009 single "Honky Tonk Stomp." 

 

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