Vancleave’s own Paul Overstreet coming home to South Mississippi

Paul Overstreet
Paul Overstreet

One of the most prolific songwriters in country music grew up in South Mississippi, and he’s coming home again to display his talents.

Paul Overstreet, who spent most of his youth in Vancleave, will play The Grand Magnolia Ballroom in Pascagoula on July 8. Tickets are on sale at www.grandmagmusic.com as well as at Scranton’s Restaurant.

The show is part of the “Native Mississippians Singer/Songwriter Sessions” presented by Grand Magnolia Music.

Overstreet has written hits for artists such as Randy Travis, Blake Shelton, Kenny Chesney, Keith Whitley, Allison Krauss, The Judds, George Jones, Ronnie Millsap, Blake Shelton and Carrie Underwood, along with many others.

Some of those hits include “Love Can Build a Bridge”, “Forever and Ever, Amen,” “Digging up Bones” and “On the Other Hand.” Other well-known songs he’s written include “She Thinks My Tractor’s Sexy,” “When You Say Nothing at All” and “Some Beach.”

The performance will be Overstreet’s first in Jackson County in three years. He has written or co-written 27 Top Ten songs, won two Grammy awards as well as multiple Academy of Country Music and Country Music Association Song of the Year Awards plus two Dove Awards for Song of the Year and Artist of the Year. Overstreet also was named the BMI Songwriter of the Year for five consecutive years in the 1990’s, an achievement that has not been duplicated by any other artist.

Overstreet was the first inductee in the Mississippi Songwriters Hall of Fame, and also is a member of The Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame.

“I’m looking forward to coming back to The Mississippi Gulf Coast,” Overstreet said. “I wouldn’t have wanted to grow up anywhere else. That’s what made me who I am. I learned a lot about the big world growing up in a small town.”

He also has scored hits of his own as a solo artist, topping the charts with “Daddy’s Come Around To Mama’s Way Of Thinking,” “Seein’ My Father In Me”, “Heroes,” “Ball and Chain” and “All The Fun.” He scored another No. 1 hit when he joined fellow Mississippian Paul Davis and Tanya Tucker for a special vocal event, with “Won’t Take Less Than Your Love.”

“I’m a songwriter at heart,” Overstreet added. “It’s the best life in the business.”

In 2011 Overstreet became Jackson County’s first marker recipient on the Mississippi Country Music Trail.

The trail markers, researched and placed by the Mississippi Development Authority, were first unveiled in 2010 and have honored such musical pioneers as Conway Twitty, Charley Pride, Faith Hill, Jimmie Rodgers and Marty Stuart.

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