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Marathon Press Kit 2252013

Marathon Press Kit 2252013

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Published by Makasha Dorsey
Grammy, Stellar, & Dove Award Winning songwriter/producer Billy Dorsey releases debut album Marathon.
Grammy, Stellar, & Dove Award Winning songwriter/producer Billy Dorsey releases debut album Marathon.

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Booking & Media Relations
Dorsey Group, LLC
Client Representative:
Makasha Dorsey
For more information about Billy, please visit
Marathon Project page 2
Grammy nominated, Stellar Award and Dove Award winning songwriter and producer Billy Dorsey has already achieved more in his young lifethan most musicians dream possible. As a songwriter/vocal arranger/engineer for the Christian Hip Hop artist Lecrae , Billy began his chart runof major success with his work on the international (#1 UK, #1 AUS, #1JAP iTunes, #1 US overall and #1 HipHop iTunes Album Chart, US, #1Billboard Gospel Chart, #1 Billboard Christian Chart, #5 Billboard HipHop Chart, #15 Billboard 200 Albums Chart) 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 Awardnomination for the same category. With his work on albums dropping in
2012 by Maino (Atlantic Records, wrote the song “Unstoppable” fromMaino’s sophomore album The Day After Tomorrow dropping Feb 28,2012), 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.Born Billy Lee Dorsey, Jr, in Blythesville, Arkansa on February 28, 1978, Billy D began his musical
 journey using the world’s oldest instrument, his voice. He grew up in a variety of churches singing for the Lord, from Maranatha Faith Center in Columbus, MS to his father’s church, Bridge of Hope
Ministries in Bossier City, LA, always striving to be the best singer he could be, in the vein of hismusical heroes Fred Hammond & Marvin Sapp (formerly of Commissioned), K-Ci Hailey (from Jodeci),and John P. Kee. Before long, Billy earned a full musical scholarship to Louisiana Tech University in
Ruston, LA to pursue his dream of becoming a professional vocalist. But God had other plans…
During Billy’s third year in college, the Mississippi Mass Choir came to perform at LA Tech, and Billy’s
gospel group, Serenity, was called upon to be the opening act for the concert. By the end of the performance, the group was approached with the opportunity to sign a professional recording contractand move to Houston to begin work in earnest on their debut album. But, as often happens in the musicindustry, the deal took a turn, which led to the contract being locked out and Billy being unable to singon recordings for 7 years. During this time, he began using songwriting and music production as a
creative outlet. “Switching my focus from singing to writing and producing was the best decision I ever made,” said Billy.
About Billy
Marathon Project page 3
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 visitto Beverly Hills to work with J.R., Billy was doing songs for major artists such as T.I. and B.o.B. (“NotLost”) and Plies (“Runway”), and began networking with many other top tier producers and writersaround the globe. “Working with J.R. gave me the resume I needed to be able to work with anyone elsein 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 donework with artists such as Cherish (“Do It To It”), Yung Joc (“Coffee Shop”), and Jagged Edge (“GoodLuck 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 outto 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 Billboardhistory, 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 onthe Billboard Gospel Chart the week of Jan 28, 2011. The Rehab: The Overdose album then went on towin the 2012 Stellar Award for Rap/Hip Hop Album of the Year, and to be nominated for the 2012 DoveAward 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 thefollow up to Rehab: The Overdose, and other artists under the Reach Records banner, as well as writingand 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 andconcepts, Billy will continue to break new ground as he continues to write and produce new music;music that is timely, unique, and impeccable.
About Billy, continued

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