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Billy Kay
  • Male
  • Clifton, TN
  • United States
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I'm a:
Singer, Songwriter, Musician
I play:
Guitar
Tell us about yourself:
Songwriter

Billy Kay's Profile

Billy Kay is an American Country Songwriter and Musician. The most downloaded in Las Vegas | #1 in S Carolina | Now taking Nashville by Storm.

Billy Kay is a homeless Veteran, currently living in a shelter in Clifton, TN. He travels America writing, recording and performing on his now-famous "Abject Poverty Tour".

He donates a share of all royalties and merchandise sales to various charities. He gets to work with top-tier musicians who often donate their skills to the cause - or work for the price of a cheeseburger! For example, his breakout hit "Ready... Set... Gone!"... 100% of the proceeds go to The Shade Tree (a battered women's shelter) for posterity.

Billy also organized 2011's "Country for a Cause" CD, which featured some of the most talented - and award winning - indie musicians on the indie country music scene.

Billy started playing the accordion at age 5. Knowing it would be impossible to "pick up women" with an accordion, he convinced his mom to let him switch to guitar at 7. And his guitar has been his constant companion for 4 decades.

He went public with his songs three years ago, and he's since been played all over the world. He was the most downloaded person in Las Vegas. People make videos of themselves dancing to his songs from Asia to Denmark!

Billy writes from the heart. "I write what I see" says Billy. "I lack the ability to make stuff up. So if I see hurt or joy in someone, I extrapolate how they got to that point."

His latest release, "When You Hold Me Tight", was recorded in Las Vegas, Chicago, and Florida. "All my favorite performers" play on it" states Billy. It was a labor of love - and a blast to record!

As long as people keep listening, I'll keep writing. And I get to tell people about those less fortunate then themselves in the process. Of all the directions my life could have taken, I consider myself blessed to be where I am.

All My Best,
Billy Kay

Latest Activity

Billy Kay and Paul Hinton are now friends
yesterday
Billy Kay posted a status
"Soundcheck song of the day: My Best Friend's Girlfriend by The Cars http://youtu.be/SUsLyBstrSE"
Feb 19
Billy Kay and Sound Machine Country Radio are now friends
Feb 12
Billy Kay is now friends with Mary Palermo and Todd Taylor
Feb 4
Billy Kay posted a status
"Another NU award, more "Dear Friend vote for me" spam cluttering my inbox."
Feb 3
Michael Kay left a comment for Billy Kay
"If I was in Washington I would be at your performance!"
Jan 22
Billy Kay posted a status
"Five years ago this week I was standing in the middle of the desert freezing my butt off filming... http://wp.me/p2Ykxz-RO"
Jan 4
Billy Kay and The Snares are now friends
Jan 2
susan walton left a comment for Billy Kay
"Yes it would have been, I have a feeling we will meet:)"
Jan 2
Billy Kay left a comment for susan walton
"Too bad I didn't know you two weeks ago. I was just in Portland and Grants Pass. Woulda' been a hoot to stop in and say hi - content for Facebook LOL"
Jan 2
susan walton left a comment for Billy Kay
"By the way i want to up my swag, :) I want a car, they can put what ever they want on it. Gottcha;)"
Jan 2
susan walton left a comment for Billy Kay
"That is true Billy, and we all have a number, only God knows when it's our time. I have Rheumatiod Arthritus, Diverticilitus and a heart disease, so my immune system sucks. They want to hold off on chemo, til I absolutely have to have it. I…"
Jan 2
Billy Kay left a comment for susan walton
"It doesn't hurt, and the VA actually provides top notch care. Won't know the treatment plan until Tuesday. Worse case scenario (I die)... I've packed more into my lifetime then the entire state of Rhode Island... no regrets. Plus, my…"
Jan 2
susan walton left a comment for Billy Kay
"I am sorry to here that, I will be praying for you, as I believe God does hear and answers prayers. I am quite knowledgeable on Cancer. Trust me I come from a family full of it on both sides, my dad has beat it 3 times, my mom not so lucky. If you…"
Jan 2
Billy Kay left a comment for susan walton
"I was in Seattle cutting a CD. Went to the ER to refill some meds, casually told the doctor "Is my urine supposed to be be red?". They ran some tests, cat scans. Told me I have cancer, and it can't be treated on the road. Seattle…"
Jan 1
susan walton left a comment for Billy Kay
"Hey Billy, I hear ya on fan base, been fighting same thing with a couple artists, but I never give up, andohhh I am so getting you back, your brother rofl. Ha at least I didnt say something stupid(as didnt think of it til now) like wow you well get…"
Jan 1

Billy Kay's Blog

A great FREE way to get targeted fans - and more re-tweets

Posted on November 3, 2012 at 9:22am 0 Comments

Create a free http://paper.li/ account! It's that simple!

Paper.li is a content curation service. It enables people to publish newspapers based on topics they like and treat their readers to fresh news, daily.

I created several - each with a different goal - and they all produce the exact results I wanted.

First, there are name brand acts we all know and follow, but they don't follow us back. So I…

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I thought “Payola” Radio was Outlawed back in the 50′s!

Posted on October 15, 2012 at 7:12am 2 Comments

We released a new single last week, and were immediately bombarded with emails telling us to submit our “great song” to various Internet radio stations. Apparently, there are over 100,000 Internet radio stations dying to play our song.

The catch? They all CHARGE to listen to the song, with no guarantee of making the radio’s rotation. Anywhere from $5 to $49 to submit a song that may never be played on the air.

My math says that would cost a songwriter between a…

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The Art of Networking

Posted on July 16, 2012 at 5:08pm 1 Comment

I recently posted a link on The NashvilleUniverse about a podcast I was asked to do about The Art of Networking. I hope some of you had a chance to listen because it's the most important part of your business!



What we do here when we talk to each other and support each other IS actually Networking. Taking it a step further is when you actually meet someone you've been networking with online.



Something happened last week that drives home the importance of Networking - and I… Continue

Monetizing Your Band Website: Online Custom T-shirts

Posted on July 6, 2012 at 7:31am 0 Comments

Online Custom T-shirts

One of the perks of our industry is "swag" - the free stuff companies give you in hopes you'll use or help promote them, or have your picture taken with a product (called product placement).



We recently made a cross country trip and everything except my carry-on suitcase, was branded swag used in photo ops. Hec! Even the laptop I'm writing this post with was a freebie.

I was recently hired as a consultant to teach bands how…

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At 12:03pm on January 22, 2015, Michael Kay said…

If I was in Washington I would be at your performance!

At 11:54am on January 2, 2015, susan walton said…

Yes it would have been, I have a feeling we will meet:)

At 11:37am on January 2, 2015, susan walton said…

By the way i want to up my swag, :) I want a car, they can put what ever they want on it. Gottcha;)

At 11:36am on January 2, 2015, susan walton said…

That is true Billy, and we all have a number, only God knows when it's our time. I have Rheumatiod Arthritus, Diverticilitus and a heart disease, so my immune system sucks. They want to hold off on chemo, til I absolutely have to have it. I sucks, they found my heart disease when I was 22. My kids, grandkids, and music (of course my dad) keeps me pretty darn active, so I guess your right. I don't sing so I have it harder, who remembers a promoter? lol

At 9:03pm on January 1, 2015, susan walton said…

I am sorry to here that, I will be praying for you, as I believe God does hear and answers prayers. I am quite knowledgeable on Cancer. Trust me I come from a family full of it on both sides, my dad has beat it 3 times, my mom not so lucky. If you ever want to chat I am here. Any time, works for me. What treatment are they starting, if you don't mind me asking?

At 12:10pm on January 1, 2015, susan walton said…

Hey Billy, I hear ya on fan base, been fighting same thing with a couple artists, but I never give up, andohhh I am so getting you back, your brother rofl. Ha at least I didnt say something stupid(as didnt think of it til now) like wow you well get bonus points or more logical, wow your brother let you in, thats brave to face the rath. haha either way he would have been doomed rofl. I just don't think in those lines. Of cheating etc.I am hear just to have fun, and I am:) Are you sick or was that made up?

At 1:52am on January 1, 2015, susan walton said…

Hey Billy sorry to hear about your illness, I will pray that the good Lord has you on your feet soon. You kind of lost me on that message, so your the singer, and Michael had this page and you are wanting to get paid for gigs? Dang I was hoping I could get my artists a gig even free CMA Fest 2015, since we will be there anyway, havent had much luck. Someone told me, that Na. is not freindly to outsiders performing, something about the union?

At 6:20pm on December 31, 2014, susan walton said…

HA, I beat your brother on the Happy Birthday, he is so busted! lol That sucks Billy, your birthday and stuck in Vegas, yes to cold for a pool, has to be something to do.:) I really liked alot you had to say on your posts, 1000 to be on your list, I better talk fast right?

At 5:44pm on December 31, 2014, Michael Kay said…
Happy Birthday my brother!!!
At 5:21pm on December 31, 2014, susan walton said…

Happy Birthday Billy, I would love to chat with you, after reading some of your posts, and your right, I have Tee Shirts, key rings, pictures, cds, dice, guitar picks, shot glass shaped like a shotgun shell signed, hats, dog tags, etc your right... Smart artsists know I am a promoter and I will wear shirts etc and that is giving them promotions for free. Some still want me to pay for Merch, but promote them anyway lol I hope your day is wonderful. Lets chat..

 
 
 

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