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Sawyer Brown
2005 Promo
Sawyer Brown circa 2005

Current Members

Mark Miller - vocals
Hobie Hubbard - keyboards
Shayne Hill - lead guitar
Jim Scholten - bass
Joe Smyth - drums

Former Members

Duncan Cameron - lead guitar (1991-2004)
Bobby Randall - lead guitar (1981-1991)

Years Active

1981-present

Record Labels

Capitol/Curb (1984-1992)
Curb (1992-2003)
Lyric Street (2003)
Curb (2004-2010)
Beach Street (2011-present)

BioEdit

Sawyer Brown is an American country music band founded in 1981 in Apopka, Florida, by five members of country pop singer Don King's road band: Bobby Randall (guitar), Jim Scholten (bass guitar), Joe Smyth (drums), Gregg "Hobie" Hubbard (keyboards), and Mark Miller (lead vocals). After King retired in 1981, the five members decided to form a band, first choosing the name Savanna before switching to Sawyer Brown, taken from the name of a road near where they practiced.

Sawyer Brown first gained national attention in 1983 when they participated on Star Search, a former television talent show on which they won the grand prize of $100,000. They received many offers in Los Angeles, including a Monkees-like television show, but opted to return to Nashville. They quickly earned a recording contract with Capitol Records (in association with Curb Records). Their first album, also titled Sawyer Brown, was issued in 1985. It included their first Number One single on the Billboard country music charts, titled "Step That Step". The band continued to chart regularly throughout the 1980s, although many of their late-1980s singles failed to enter Top 40.

Originally, Sawyer Brown was known for a primarily country pop sound dominated by novelty tunes; by 1992, however, the band began to show a more serious side to its music, adding ballads to its repertoire. That year, the band also dropped its affiliation with Capitol, and Curb Records took over promotion and distribution of all subsequent albums and singles (except for 2003, when Sawyer Brown temporarily switched to Lyric Street Records). Bobby Randall also left the band in 1991, and was replaced by Duncan Cameron. Cameron subsequently departed in 2004, with Shayne Hill assuming the role of lead guitarist.

To date, Sawyer Brown has released twenty-three albums, of which three have been certified gold in the United States for sales of 500,000 copies. More than fifty of their singles have entered the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs charts, including three Number One singles. Sawyer Brown also received a Horizon Award from the Country Music Association in 1985, as well as a Vocal Group of the Year award in 1997 from the Academy of Country Music and 5 Vocal Band Of The Year Awards from the TNN/Music City News Country Awards.

Awards and nominationsEdit

Sawyer Brown has received many nominations over the years from the country music industry, but have not won many awards outside of the fan-voted TNN/Music City News Awards, where they were named Vocal Band of the Year six years in a row.

Country Music Association (CMA) AwardsEdit

Nominations:Edit

  • 1992 Vocal Group Of The Year
  • 1993 Vocal Group Of The Year
  • 1994 Vocal Group Of The Year
  • 1995 Vocal Group Of The Year
  • 1996 Vocal Group Of The Year
  • 1997 Vocal Group Of The Year
  • 1998 Vocal Group Of The Year

Awards:Edit

  • 1985 Horizon Award

Academy of Country Music (ACM) AwardsEdit

Nominations:Edit

  • 1986 Vocal Group Of The Year
  • 1992 Vocal Group Of The Year
  • 1993 Vocal Group Of The Year
  • 1994 Video Of The Year - Artist (for "This Time")
  • 1994 Vocal Group Of The Year
  • 1995 Vocal Group Of The Year
  • 1997 Vocal Duo or Group Of The Year
  • 1998 Video Of The Year - Artist (For "Drive Me Wild")
  • 1998 Vocal Duo Or Group Of The Year
  • 1999 Vocal Group Or Duo Of The Year
  • 1999 Entertainer Of The Year
  • 2000 Vocal Group Of The Year

Awards:Edit

  • 1996 Vocal Group Of The Year

TNN/Music City News AwardsEdit

Nominations:Edit

  • 1999 Vocal Band Of The Year

Awards:Edit

  • 1993 Vocal Band Of The Year
  • 1994 Vocal Band Of The Year
  • 1995 Vocal Band Of The Year
  • 1996 Vocal Band Of The Year
  • 1997 Vocal Band Of The Year
  • 1998 Vocal Band Of The Year

Christian Country Music Association (CCMA) AwardsEdit

Awards:Edit

  • 2000 Video Of The Year ("800 Pound Jesus")
  • 2000 Single Of The Year ("800 Pound Jesus")

American Music AwardsEdit

Nominations:Edit

  • 1993 Favorite Band, Duo or Group
  • 1998 Favorite Band, Duo or Group

Grammy AwardsEdit

Nominations:Edit

  • 1994 Best Vocal Performance Duo, Or Country Group

American Video AwardsEdit

Nominations:Edit


Sawyer Brown Members
Duncan Cameron - Joe Erkman - Shayne Hill - Hobie Hubbard - Mark Miller - Bobby Randall - Jim Scholten - Joe Smyth
Sawyer Brown Albums
Sawyer Brown - Shakin' - Out Goin' Cattin' - Somewhere in the Night - Wide Open - The Boys are Back - Greatest Hits - Buick - The Dirt Road - Cafe on the Corner - Outskirts of Town - Greatest Hits 1990-1995 - This Thing Called Wantin' and Havin' It All - Six Days on the Road - Hallelujah He is Born - Drive Me Wild - The Hits Live - Can You Hear Me Now - True Believer - Mission Temple Fireworks Stand - The Best of Sawyer Brown - Rejoice - Travelin' Band
Sawyer Brown Singles
"Leona" - "Step That Step" - "Used to Blue" - "Betty's Bein' Bad" - "Shakin'" - "Out Goin' Cattin'" - "Gypsies on Parade" - "Savin' the Honey for the Honeymoon" - "Somewhere in the Night" - "This Missin' You Heart of Mine" - "Old Photographs" - "My Baby's Gone" - "Old Pair of Shoes" - "It Wasn't His Child" - "The Race is On" - "I Did It for Love" - "Puttin' the Dark Back into the Night" - "When Love Comes Callin'" - "One Less Pony" - "Mama's Little Baby Loves Me" - "The Walk" - "The Dirt Road" - "Some Girls Do" - "Cafe on the Corner" - "All These Years" - "Trouble on the Line" - "Thank God for You" - "The Boys and Me" - "Outskirts of Town" - "Hard to Say" - "This Time" - "I Don't Believe in Goodbye" - "(This Thing Called) Wantin' and Havin' It All" - "'Round Here" - "Treat Her Right" - "She's Gettin' There" - "Six Days on the Road" - "This Night Won't Last Forever" - "Another Side" - "Small Talk" - "Drive Me Wild" - "I'm in Love With Her" - "800 Pound Jesus" - "Perfect World" - "Lookin' for Love" - "Circles" - "Can You Hear Me Now" - "I Need a Girlfriend" - "I'll Be Around" - "Mission Temple Fireworks Stand" - "They Don't Understand" - "Keep Your Hands to Yourself" - "Smokin' Hot Wife"

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