Bio

THE 'VISION 1ST MUSIC' STORY:

Vision 1st Music is a music publishing company owned by music industry veteran, Billy Buchanan. We specialize in licensing and administering music, of all styles, to movies, TV, video games, commercials, and other outlets. Billy Buchanan began his songwriting journey at a very young age. While his friends were outside playing kick ball, Billy would be inside reading the liner notes on this dad's albums to see who wrote and produced his favorite songs. Buchanan explains, "I was always drawn in by a great song. My dad had killer albums by R&B artists, Rock artists, Jazz artists, Country artists, Gospel artists, and on and on. It didn't matter what musical style it was, as long as the song was great, I was into it". Buchanan began singing as early as he can remember. He began playing guitar and bass at 11 years old. He began writing songs at 12 years old. Buchanan remembers, "It was a very natural progression for me. As soon as I could play chords, I was trying to accompany the melodies that were swirling around in my head". As an award winning recording artist, Billy Buchanan has released nine albums as a solo artist and two albums with his former band Fusebox (Elevate/EMI). He’s had three Top 20 songs on the CCM charts and has performed in all 50 states and in 26 countries. He's been fortunate enough to share the stage or open for many of his heroes, including Tower of Power, Harry Connick Jr., Betty LaVette, Paul Anka, The Temptations, The Four Tops, Josh Turner, Martha Reeves & The Vandellas, Brothers Osborne, Van Halen, David Ryan Harris, Morris Day and The Time, Chaka Khan, Shawn Mullins, Sixpence None The Richer, JohnnySwim, The New Orleans Suspects, The Atlanta Rhythm Section, Joy Williams (from The Civil Wars), Super Cat, G Love and Special Sauce, 24-7 Spyz, Switchfoot, Extreme, KC & The Sunshine Band, Funky Meters, P.O.D, N'Dea Davenport (from The Brand New Heavies), Skillet, Alice In Chains, Rebecca St. James, Salt-n-Pepa, and Jennifer Nettles (from Sugarland), to name a few. As a sideman, he's played bass, guitar, or sang background vocals for many great artists, including Grammy winners Rebecca St. James, Michael Tait, and John Carter Cash. As a songwriter, he's written songs with Busbee, Clint Lagerberg, Mike Hartnett, Marc Byrd, Joel Smallbone ('For King and Country') and other established writers. As a producer, he produced all of his solo albums, numerous independent artist’s albums, and co-produced Fusebox’s 'Once Again' album. Established in 1995, Billy Buchanan's publishing company, Vision 1st Music, has published hundreds of songs, many of which have been featured on a plethora of albums, in movies, and on various TV Shows (Lodge 49, One Tree Hill, Fled, Ghost Whisperer, etc). 

AWARDS AND NOMINATIONS:
The Reel Awards (2020 R&B Feelin Good Award Winner)
The Reel Awards (2020 Bea Fogelman Lifetime Achievement Award Nominee) 
Folio Weekly 2018 'Best Male Vocalist' in St. Augustine (2nd Place Winner) 
Hero The Rock Opera (Dove Award nomination)
PGA Tour Songwriting Competition Finalist (Top 4)
Atlanta Local Music Award (1st Place Winner)
Battle For Florida (1st Place Winner)
Yamaha Music Showcase (2nd Place Winner)
Buzz Magazine "Musicians For Homelessness" songwriting competition (Finalist)
Sunburst Celebrity Impersonators Convention "Sunny Award" (2018 Best Website Winner) 
Sunburst Celebrity Impersonators Convention "Sunny Award" (2018 Bea Fogelman Award of Excellence Nomination)
Sunburst Celebrity Impersonators Convention "Sunny Award" (2017 Agents Best Impressed Nomination) 
Sunburst Celebrity Impersonators Convention "Sunny Award" (2017 Best Website Nomination)