Tony Arata, songwriter
birth name: Anthony Michael Arata

Tony Arata

October 10, 1957, Savannah, GA

Although Arata completed his education with a degree in journalism, his first interest lay in music. During his university days he played guitar and sang with various bands. His professional career began with a bluegrass band in 1975, and from 1978-82 he wrote and sang many of his own songs with his band Handpicked. He was signed to a songwriting contract by Don Tolle’s Noble Vision label, where Jim Glaser recorded some of his songs, charting The Man In The Mirror and I’ll Be Your Fool Tonight. ~ Allmusic: Tony Arata ~ retrieved October 10, 2015 © Allmusic

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In 1986, he and wife Jaymi moved to Nashville where his unique, soulful style began to get the attention of people like Alan Reynolds and Garth Brooks. Garth to date has recorded seven of Tony's songs, and The Dance won song of the year at the Academy of Country Music and received both a Country Music Association and Grammy nomination as well as a most performed songs in Radio and Records Magazine. He has also had No.1 records with Here I Am for Patty Loveless, I'm Holding My Own for Lee Roy Parnell, and Dreaming With My Eyes Open for Clay Walker. Other artists who recorded his songs include Emmylou Harris, Bonnie Raitt, Trisha Yearwood, Delbert McClinton, Don Williams, Reba McEntire, Suzy Bogguss and Hal Ketchum. ~ Tony Arata ~ retrieved October 10, 2015 ©

Tony Arata ~ Inducted in the 2012 Nashville Songwriters Hall Of Fame.

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