Overstreet was born in Vancleave, Mississippi. Prior to his solo success, he was one third of the trio S-K-O, in which he recorded one studio album. S-K-O (also known as Schuyler, Knobloch & Overstreet) with Thom Schuyler and J. Fred Knobloch. S-K-O charted three singles with Overstreet as a member, including the #1 “Baby’s Got a New Baby”.
In 1988, Overstreet signed to RCA Nashville as a solo artist. His second solo album, Sowin’ Love, accounted for five straight Top 10 hits on the country charts: “Love Helps Those”, the title track, “All the Fun”, “Seein’ My Father in Me” and “Richest Man on Earth.” His second album, 1990’s Heroes, produced the #1 lead-off single “Daddy’s Come Around”, which was followed by the Top 10’s “Heroes” and “Ball and Chain”.
During his songwriting career, primarily in the Country genre, Overstreet has written or co-written 27 Top Ten songs. During this time, he has won two Grammy Awards and also won ACM and CMA Song of the Year Awards (1987 and 1988). Overstreet was named the BMI Songwriter of the Year five straight years, from 1987–91, an achievement on music row that has not been achieved before or since. He co-wrote “A Long Line of Love”, “Love Can Build a Bridge”, and “Forever and Ever, Amen”. Other well-known hits of recent years he is known for are “She Thinks My Tractor’s Sexy” by Kenny Chesney and “Some Beach” by Blake Shelton, which was a Number One hit in 2004.
Paul Overstreet is best known for writing country music mainstays such as “Forever and Ever, Amen” and “On the Other Hand”, both of which were #1 hits for Randy Travis. He also co-wrote “When You Say Nothing at All” which was a #1 for Keith Whitley, and later a Top Five hit in 1995 for Alison Krauss, and revived later in 1999 by Ronan Keating of Boyzone.
In 2003, Paul was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame.
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