There’s something special about turning on the radio to hear a song you wrote playing back at you. That moment never gets lost for Barry Dean, who, if circumstances had been different, would have been in an entirely different career in an entirely different city. With two smash No. 1 singles with “Pontoon” (Little Big Town)” and “Day Drinkin’” (Little Big Town), a Top 40 hit with “Girls Chase Boys” (Ingrid Michaelson), and a long list of song successes to his name, it’s hard to picture Dean as anything but a prolific songwriter.
Dean co-wrote Tim McGraw’s Top 5 radio hit, “Diamond Rings And Old Barstools” which garnered him his first GRAMMY® nod in 2016 and an NSAI award for “Songs I Wish I’d Written.” The smash success of Ingrid Michaelson’s single marked Barry’s first single on the pop charts and his first BMI Pop Award in 2015. “Girls Chase Boys” landed at No. 6 on the Billboard Hot AC and No. 21 on the Top 40 charts. Dean currently has multiple songs on both the country and pop radio – Michael Ray’s “Think A Little Less,” David Nail’s “Good At Tonight,” Hunter Hayes’ “Yesterday’s Song,” and Ingrid Michaelson’s Hot AC Hit, “Hell No.” Among his impressive list of radio singles are: “God’s Will” (Martina McBride), “Drinks After Work” (Toby Keith), “1994” (Jason Aldean), “Tattoo” (Hunter Hayes), “Rum” (Brothers Osborne), “On To Something Good” (Ashley Monroe), “By The Way” (Lindsay Ell), “Southern Boy” (Jordan Rager feat. Jason Aldean), and Steve Moakler’s debut single, “Suitcase.”
In the past decade, Dean has had songs recorded by Jason Aldean, Charlotte Church, Billy Currington, David Nail, Brett Eldredge, Hunter Hayes, Toby Keith, Alison Krauss, Little Big Town, Reba McEntire, Ashley Monroe, Maren Morris, Jake Owen, Thomas Rhett, LeAnn Rimes, Blake Shelton, Carrie Underwood and more.