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Billy Kay
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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

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Deleted bathroom scene from "Ready... Set... Gone!" music video

Deleted bathroom scene from "Ready... Set... Gone!" music video
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Enrique adding his guitars to Ready Set Gone!

Enrique adding his guitars to Ready Set Gone! and changing my career - and my life - forever!
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Five Years Ago Today - We Started Recording Ready... Set... Gone!

5 Years Ago today, we went to Golden Song Productions and started recorded my biggest seller, "Ready... Set... Gone!". As always, I added the scratch vocals and guitars, which became the framework that we added everything else to.In this picture of…
Nov 17
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Billy Hobknobbin' with JP at a Bloggers Convention

Billy Hobknobbin' with JP at a Bloggers ConventionAll My Best,Billy Kay
Nov 15
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Billy relaxing at Morro Bay, CA

Billy relaxing at Morro Bay, CAAll My Best,Billy Kay
Nov 12
Billy Kay and Mary Eaton are now friends
Nov 12
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In great company

I take everything in my career with a grain of salt - I'm just trying to have fun. But sometimes, I'm taken aback. I saw this on someone's Facebook page - look at the legends I'm surrounded by! Truly humbling.All My Best,Billy Kay
Nov 10
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On the farm in Booneville Mississippi - Summer 2014

On the farm in Booneville Mississippi - Summer 2014All My Best,Billy Kay
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Victoria Falcon on the music video set for Honestly

Victoria Falcon on the music video set for Honestly
Nov 6
Billy Kay and Willi Ulness are now friends
Nov 5
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The new Mayor of Laughlin :)

The new Mayor of Laughlin and his hand-picked councilmen. LOL! At a Meet-n-Greet on the Colorado River.All My Best,Billy Kay
Nov 5
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Billy Kay on the set for the "When You Hold Me Tight" music video

Billy Kay on the set for the "When You Hold Me Tight" music videoAll My Best,Billy Kay
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Five year anniversary of the 'Cowboy Session' pictures

Wow! FIVE years ago yesterday, Shane Dieter took the "Cowboy Session" pictures... which changed my career. I became a professional 5 years ago this week!All My Best,Billy Kay
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Billy and the Bullhead Banshees

Billy and the Bullhead Banshees - Laughlin Meet-n-Greet. Meaning... FREE FOOD!!! :)All My Best,Billy Kay
Oct 30
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"Nice pic my friend !"
Oct 29

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

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Create a free account! It's that simple! 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…


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…


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 10:09am on October 29, 2015, Michael Kay said…
Nice pic my friend !
At 9:03am on July 1, 2015, Michael Kay said…
Congrats Billy!!!!
At 4:17pm on June 25, 2015, Michael Kay said…

Because you're awesome!

At 5:40am on June 21, 2015, Michael Kay said…
Happy Father's Day!
At 4:43pm on June 19, 2015, Michael Kay said…
Brother Kay you really are the best!
At 7:36am on June 2, 2015, Michael Kay said…
Let's grab coffee sometime
At 6:20pm on April 3, 2015, timothy thompson said…

i love it good song

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;)


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My song, Ain't gona walk that straightline, is being promoted by Diamondback records. It has been playing in New Zealand, Australia, Germany, and hopefully some American stations will see fit to play this Indy girls song!  This is a country song that I wrote just for fun, however, my real love is writing songs for God.  Newest ones are God will send an angel and I dreamed I walked along with Jesus (a co-write with Sherry Hammer).  This was the second one we have written together. She sends…


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