Sawyer Brown Biography

The members of the country band Sawyer Brown come from different parts of the USA: Mark Miller (25 October 1958, Dayton, Ohio, USA; vocals) and Gregg Hubbard (b. 4 October 1960, Orlando, Florida, USA; keyboards) were school friends in Apopka, Florida; Bobby Randall (b. Midland, Michigan, USA; guitar), Jim Scholten (b. Michigan, USA; bass) and Joe Smyth (b. 6 September 1957, Portland, Maine, USA; drums) were part of the Maine Symphony Orchestra. They all went to Nashville around 1980 and took varying roles in singer Don King’s band. In 1983 they decided to work together without King, first as Savanna and then as Sawyer Brown, taking their name from a street in Nashville. In 1983, they took part in a US television talent show, Star Search. They won the first prize of $100, 000 and a recording contract. Their first single, ‘Leona’, was a US country hit and they toured with Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton. Miller wrote their second single, a country number 1 hit, ‘Step That Step’ (1985), about the perseverance needed in the music business. To this end, they have established themselves as a goodtime country band, enjoying a string of hit singles in the late 80s with ‘Used To Blue’, ‘Betty’s Bein’ Bad’, ‘This Missin’ You Heart Of Mine’ and a remake of George Jones’ ‘The Race Is On’. ‘My Baby’s Gone’ made number 11 on the country charts in 1988 and, despite losing some of their impetus (Randall departed in 1990 and was replaced by Duncan Cameron (b. 27 July 1956, Utica, New York, USA)), they returned with two Top 5 hits from 1992’s highly successful The Dirt Road. The band have achieved a consistent string of Top 10 hits since then, establishing themselves as one of the most successful and long-running country acts on the scene. They won the Vocal Group Award at the 32nd Academy Of Country Music Awards.

Source: The Encyclopedia of Popular Music by Colin Larkin. Licensed from Muze.