Grammy Award, Stellar Award and Dove Award winning songwriter and producer Billy Dorsey has already achieved more in his young life than most musicians dream possible.
As a songwriter/vocal arranger/engineer for the Christian Hip Hop artist Lecrae , Billy began his chart run of major success with his work on the international best-selling album Rehab: The Overdose, which went on to win the 2012 Stellar Award for Best Rap/Hip Hop Album of the Year, and has now garnered the Dove Award nomination for the same category. With his work on albums dropping in 2012 by Maino (Atlantic Records, wrote the song “Unstoppable” from Maino’s sophomore album The Day After Tomorrow), Day26 (Atlantic Records, wrote “Window Shopper”, “Killin’ Me”, and “Need To Know” from the group’s third album A New Day”), 2Chainz (Def Jam) and others, his chart success doesn’t look to be slowing down any time soon.
After years of producing local talent in Houston such as Killa Kyleon (from Slim Thug’s Boss Hogg Outlaws), Lil KeKe, Hawk, and a host of other prominent Houston artists, Billy and his production team LifeLine were discovered by Nick Velo, an A&R for Jonathan “J.R.” Rotem’s boutique label Beluga Heights, home to multi-platinum artists such as Sean Kingston (“Fire On The Dancefloor”), Iyaz (“Replay”), and Jason DeRulo (“Whatcha Say”, “Riding Solo”). Within the first month of their first visit to Beverly Hills to work with J.R., Billy was doing songs for major artists such as T.I. and B.o.B. (“Not Lost”) and Plies (“Runway”), and began networking with many other top tier producers and writers around the globe. “Working with J.R. gave me the resume I needed to be able to work with anyone else in the industry. It was the “keys to the kingdom”, so to speak,” he said.
One such producer, John “CheeseBeats” Williams, was already a multiplatinum producer who’d done work with artists such as Cherish (“Do It To It”), Yung Joc (“Coffee Shop”), and Jagged Edge (“Good Luck Charm”), but who was then working with a burgeoning label, Reach Records, and an artist who was then on the verge or breakout success, Lecrae, who had seen his previous album, Rehab, hit #1 on the Billboard Gospel and Christian charts and been nominated for a Dove Award. “Cheese” reached out to Billy to invite him to contribute to a song called “Strung Out” on Lecrae’s follow up album, Rehab: The Overdose. That contribution and the album from which it spawned went on to make Billboard history, as Lecrae became the first Christian Hip Hop artist in history to simultaneously hold the #1 and #2 spots on any Billboard chart when Overdose hit #1 and the original Rehab album re-ascended to #2 on the Billboard Gospel Chart the week of Jan 28, 2011. The Rehab: The Overdose album then went on tow in the 2012 Stellar Award for Rap/Hip Hop Album of the Year, and to be nominated for the 2012 Dove Award for Rap/Hip Hop Album of the Year as well.
With this success, Billy has been on the move constantly, working now on records with Cheese for the follow-up to Rehab: The Overdose, and other artists under the Reach Records banner, as well as writing and producing pop records for multi-platinum Russian pop star Sasha Gradiva, Ken Christopher, and working on Pretty Ricky, 2 Chainz, and Roscoe Dash’s new albums as well. With a production focus on hard, edgy drums and rhythms and a lyrical focus on creative, witty, and introspective hooks and concepts, Billy will continue to break new ground as he continues to write and produce new music;music that is timely, unique, and impeccable.