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"My dad told me, Son, it won't surprise me if you make it as an entertainer, but it would surprise me if you didn't. I don't care what you grow up to be, as long as you grow up to be a real man." says Dean.

After winning ACM, BMI, CMT TNN and Grammy awards, as well as adding acting and hosting credits to his lenghthy resume, Dean's dad has no reason to be surprised. Real man Dean will next be seen in the "Blue Valley Songbird", a made for TV movie produced by and starring real woman Dolly Parton.

Dean, a native of Quincy, Florida, started playing guitar with his father's band,"The Country Rocks," when he was only eight years old. He continued playing and singing through his teens and built up his own following, separate from his father's band. At 19, Dean came to Nashville, where he found work as a jingle singer and backup vocalist. He also began to make his mark as a writer. The Oak Ridge Boys, Les Taylor and Shelley West all cut Billy Dean songs. Randy Travis recorded "Somewhere In My Broken Heart," a song Dean coÐwrote with Richard Leigh, at the same time that Dean got a record deal.

His first single, "Only Here For a Little While" shot up to #2 on the country singles chart. Since Travis had never released his cut of "Somewhere In My Broken Heart," Dean made it his second single. It reached #1."Somewhere In My Broken Heart" won Song of the Year honors at the Academy of Country Music Awards in 1992. That same year, Dean won the ACM's Top New Male Vocalist award and received a Grammy nomination in the Best Male Country Performance category.

His fresh-faced good looks and sweet-natured love songs landed Dean on tours with some of the top names in country music, and also attracted the attention of casting agents. To date dean has appeared in soaps (One Life To Live), dramas (Lois & Clark, Wings, Diagnosis Murder) and in two network movies--1998's "A Face To Kill For" with singer actress Crystal Bernard, and the upcoming Lifetime movie "Blue Valley Songbird" with Dolly Parton about an aspiring singer who comes to Nashville.

An avid water sportsman and novel reader, Dean is divorced but has achieved a balance in his life between work and family.

"I know now what my priorities are. My children matter above all else, but I know that my music and acting career is a part of me just like my kids are. I'm really enjoying myself now. I love what I'm doing."

--Sandra Schulman

Billy Dean Film
Blue Valley Songbird

Lifetime TV Movie airing Nov. 1, 9-11 pm eastern & pacific

Record
Real Man

(9/1/98) Capitol

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