|| Bill LaBounty's musical
direction was clear by the age of 19, when he was signed with his
rock band to RCA Records. The Pacific Northwest native then took his
act solo, recording an album for Twentieth Century Fox Records,
followed by 3 albums for Warner Bros. Records, which spawned the pop
hits Never Gonna Look Back (with James Taylor),
Livin' It Up and
This Night Won't Last Forever.
Bill's album The Right Direction, co-produced with Robbie
Dupree, enjoyed success in Europe and Japan with featured singles
Right Direction and
He also established himself as a songwriter for other artists, with
successes that span almost two decades. Over the years his resume
includes cuts by an array of Pop and Country artists including Patti
LaBelle, Jimmy Buffett, The Judds, Steve Wariner, The Temptations,
Brooks & Dunn, Steve Goodman and Phoebe Snow, Peter Cetera and Tim
McGraw, among others.
An accomplished keyboardist and synthesist, LaBounty has worked in
the studio with such artists as James Taylor, Jennifer Warnes, Patti
LaBelle and Peter Cetera.
In 1983, while working in
Nashville, LaBounty met his wife, songwriter Beckie Foster, which
led to a joint career in Nashville and L.A. and resulted in Steve
Wariner's #1 record
The Weekend and Peter Cetera's
the end theme for the movie Pretty Woman.
His hits include Robbie Dupree's
Hot Rod Hearts, Michael Johnson's
This Night Won't Last Forever, Steve Wariner's #1 records
I Got Dreams,
Somewhere In The Vicinity Of The Heart (a
Grammy-winning record by Alison Kraus and Shenandoah), Tanya Tucker
and Delbert McClinton's Tell Me About It,
Tequila Talkin' by Lonestar, the #1
I Want To Be Loved Like That
Brooks & Dunn's
Rock My World (Little Country Girl).
To date, he
has had over 100 songs recorded by other artists, resulting in 25
BMI Awards, including 10 Million Performance awards.
album, Back To Your Star, is
available for listen/purchase
|In 2011, Rhino France Records released (on
amazon.fr) a 4-CD boxed set featuring 70 remastered tracks
tracing Bill's solo career,
covering virtually the entirety of his solo albums. Also
included are 18 unreleased demos, 5 songs from Bill's debut
album "Promised Love" never released on CD (and remastered in 2011) plus a 16-page booklet with annotations of
each title by Bill himself.
The set features the likes of
James Taylor, Larry Carlton, Jeff Porcaro,
Willie Weeks, Steve Lukather, Lenny Castro, Robbie Dupree,
Patti Austin, Jennifer Warnes, Steve Gadd and many others.
||In 2014, Bill delivered
his latest album Into Something Blue.
Recorded in a rawer, bluesier, more R&B vein than usual, it
includes not only Bill's new compositions but some of his very
favorite songs by Ray Charles, The Drifters, and even Bob
Bill's friend Larry Carlton contributed lavishly
to this project, providing some of the most soulful guitar
ever heard, along with Mark Douthit, Tom Hemby and many more
of Bill's favorite sought-after players and musicians.