Danny Wells is recognized for the #1 hits, Check Yes or No recorded by George Strait, These Days recorded by Rascal Flatts and Couldn’t Last a Moment by Collin Raye.
Originally from Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina, Danny Wells graduated high school in 1978 and moved to Oklahoma City and earned his A.A. degree in Music from Southwestern College. Wells then headed out to Music City in 1980. He landed his first job on Music Row with Town and Country Productions where he mailed records for the Warner Brothers label. In 1983, Wells graduated from Belmont University with a B.M. in Commercial Music. Immediately after graduation, he began working as a song plugger for a music publishing company. He also spent much of his time playing in various bands, writing songs, and working in sales. In January of 1992 Wells began to concentrate on what he loved most—songwriting.
In December of 1994, he wrote the George Strait hit, Check Yes Or No. The song would become a number one hit for four weeks for Strait. Some of the awards Check Yes Or No has received include 1996 CMA Single of the Year, the 1996 ACM Single of the Year, and Video of the Year, Entertainment Radio Network’s Song of the Year, Country Weekly Magazine’s 1996 Golden Pick Award for Song of the Year and Country Weekly magazine’s 1997 Golden Pick Award for Video of the Year. The song was also featured in the 1995-97 ad campaign for Wrangler Jeans. Check Yes Or No to date has received over 5 million spins on the radio making it George Strait’s top played song.
Some of Danny’s other hits include This Everyday Love and While You Loved Me, both recorded by Rascal Flatts, Craig Morgan’s Little Bit of Life and Hello L-O-V- E, a hit single for John Michael Montgomery. He has also had cuts by numerous other artists, including JoDee Messina, Joe Diffie, Scotty McCreery, Crystal Gayle, Sara Evans, Tracy Byrd, Trent Tomlinson, James Bonamy, Billy Ray Cyrus, Chris Young, Julie Roberts, Wade Hayes and Confederate Railroad.
Wells currently serves on the Executive Board for the Nashville Songwriters Association International as well as their Board of Directors. His songs have received BMI’s certification for over 14 million radio airplays.
Alabama native Anthony Smith is a versatile songwriter, producer and arranger who has achieved great success in many genres, including Country, Pop, R&B, and Jazz. Artists who have recorded his songs include Bucky Covington, Lonestar, Clay Walker, Rodney Atkins, Chris Young, Joanna Smith, Regina Belle, Reba McIntire, Vince Gill, Jo Dee Messina, Neal McCoy, RBD, Emerson Drive, Adam Gregory, Heartland, Donna Summer, Shane Yellowbird, Jaydee Bixby, Trent Tomlinson, Rio Grand, The Wilkinsons, Kirk Whalum, Suzy Bogguss, Kenny Rogers, John & Audrey Wiggins, Julie Reeves and Anita Cochran.
Smith’s hit songs include: Lonestar – “What About Now” (also used in a national “Toyota” campaign); Bucky Covington – “I Want My Life Back”; Donna Summers – “When Love Cries”; Clay Walker – “Watch This”; Neal McCoy – “Love Happens Like That”; The Wilkinsons – “Jimmy’s Got A Girlfriend” and Jo Dee Messina – “Too Late To Worry.”
Additionally, Smith’s songs have been used in films such as “Almost An Angel,” “ Earth Force” and “Graveyard Shift.” He was a featured “mentor songwriter,” along with Jermaine Jackson and George Clinton, on Seasons 2 and 3 of the hit CMT reality show, “GONE COUNTRY.”
Smith’s producer credits include the debut LP for Atlantic recording artist, South Sixty-Five, the debut LP for Curb Records artist, Trini Triggs and the debut LP for Curb Records/Asylum Records artist, Rio Grande. Other production contributions may be found on the Kirk Whalum LP, “In This Life.” Smith also produced and co-wrote the “Titans on 2” jingle for News Channel 2, WKRN in Nashville.