Chuck Butler was born and raised in Jackson, TN. Surrounded by small town charm and possibilities, Butler always dreamed of becoming an architect. His creativity was endless however, growing up in a musical family, Butler was constantly surrounded by music. It is no surprise that Butler was musical himself. The son of Gospel Quartet parents, Butler was exposed to the elements of gospel music at a young age. According to Butler, “writing eventually became an extension of hearing things ‘my way.’”
Butler’s musical influences span the gamut of musical genres from Quincy Jones, Michael Jackson, Jimmy Jam, Terry Lewis, Beau Hill, Brown Bannister, Steven Curtis Chapman, and Max Martin to name just a few. Butler’s band “A Cross Between” won the GMA Spotlight Competition in 1997, which landed him a record contract with Benson Records and led to his move from Jackson to Nashville, TN, where he soon would sign his first publishing deal with Brentwood-Benson Music Publishing.
Eventually Butler went independent for a few years, spending time working in the pop market with artists such as The Backstreet Boys, Ace Young, and Nick Lachey. Butler is always trying to improve his craft. As his biggest critic, Butler knows, “opinions are very subjective, and my opinions probably keep me always wanting to grow and not imitate but come up with something better or different than I have in the past.”<br>In 2009 Butler signed a publishing deal with Essential Music Publishing and since then has written and produced music for some of today’s top CCM artists. Artists that include: Building 429, Tenth Avenue North, Tim Timmons, Brandon Heath, TobyMac and Mandisa. Butler received a Grammy Award for his work on TobyMac’s album “This Is Not A Test.” He also received a Grammy Award and GMA Dove Award for his work on Mandisa’s album “Overcomer.” The awards just keep coming for this talented producer, artist, and songwriter. He has received BMI and ASCAP awards for songs he co-wrote; Kari Jobe’s “We Are,” Audio Adrenaline’s “Kings & Queens,” and Kerrie Roberts “No Matter What.”<br>Butler is a writing machine, “even when I wasn’t ‘doing’ music’, it was all I could think about. It still is. I can’t turn it off.” In 2010, Butler teamed up with “A Cross Between” member, Luke Brown, to form the band “The So Manys.” The So Manys have had over 25 songs placed in popular TV advertisements from companies like White House Black Market and Swarovski, and TV/Film placements from GLEE, American Idol and So You Think You Can Dance to name a few. Recently the CMT Dude Perfect Show placed the rockin’ tune “Keep It Rockin” as the theme song for the show, which has been renewed for Season 2.<br>Butler is a musical force. Since he started writing as a member of the Essential Music Publishing family, he has written over 345 songs, most of which have been cut by artists that span multiple genres. When asked what motivates him to write, his response is simple; “I can’t get it out of my head.”
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recorded by: Evvie McKinney
written by: Evvie McKinney/Paul Duncan/Chuck Butler*