• The Original Gene Watson Fan Site

  • Gene Watson: 'Real Country Music' (Fourteen Carat Music, 2016)

  • Gene Watson: 'Back in the Fire & At Last' (Morello Records, 2016) / this album was officially released on Friday 11 November 2016

  • Gene Watson's Calendar

  • The Original Gene Watson Fan Site

  • Gene Watson Guitars by Summey

  • The Original Gene Watson Fan Site

  • The Original Gene Watson Fan Site

  • Gene Watson at The Opry in Nashville

  • The Original Gene Watson Fan Site

Management


Lytle Management Group
P.O. Box 128228
Nashville, TN 37212
Contact Sarah Brosmer
Telephone 615-770-2688

Bookings



Battle Artist Agency
8887 Horton Highway,
College Grove, TN
Contact Rob Battle
office: 615-368-7433
mobile: 615-957-3444

Webster PR



Webster Public Relations
, PO Box 23015, Nashville, TN 37202

Contact Scott Adkins
Telephone 615-777-6995



Gene Watson's Peers within the country music industry believe in the sheer talent of this unassuming man from east Texas, so much so that Gene is regarded by many of them as 'the singer's singer' - and rightly so!

All of Gene Watson's Peers, who were contacted during 2012, were most gracious with their time and words.

It is here, within this special part of The Gene Watson Fan Site, that you have an opportunity to read a quote from Mark D. Sanders, which he submitted to this site on Tuesday 19 June 2012.

Sean Brady would like to take this opportunity to say 'thank you' to Mark D. Sanders who made a special contribution to this unique part of this online 'celebration of a Lone Star Hero'.

Mark D. Sanders

Mark D. Sanders
This quote was submitted on Tuesday 19 June 2012.

'I'd only been in Nashville for a couple of years when my friends Randy Albright and Butch Paulson and I got together and wrote 'Thinking 'Bout Leaving' at the old Acuff-Rose building on 8th Avenue South.

It was the same place where Hank Williams (Monday 17 September 1923 - Thursday 1 January 1953) had first come in the door while Wesley Rose and his father Fred were playing ping-pong.

Dean May, who was there when Hank walked in, was still running the office.  The actual ping-pong table was upstairs, and Floyd Cramer (Friday 27 October 1933 - Wednesday 31 December 1997) would come in at lunch time and play a few games with Wesley.

Sanger D. 'Whitey' Shafer, Dallas Frazier, Mickey Newbury (Sunday 19 May 1940 - Sunday 29 September 2002), Don Everly and Don Gibson (Tuesday 3 April 1928 - Monday 17 November 2003) made regular appearances in the halls of that building.  In other words, there was a whole lot of country music history around us.

Gene Watson: 'Sometimes I Get Lucky' (MCA Records, 1983)

When we finished the song, we felt like we might've added something to that history, maybe, or we might if some great country singer were to record it.  Of course, we never dreamed that Gene Watson would, and when he did, we were thrilled beyond belief.

Gene Watson: 'Love in the Hot Afternoon' (Capitol Records, 1975) Gene Watson: 'Reflections' (Capitol Records, 1978)

Here was one of the most wonderful country voices ever, the voice that sang 'Love in the Hot Afternoon' and 'Farewell Party', singing a song written by three unknown writers.  It was stunning, I was ecstatic, we were honoured.  All that plus we actually made a few dollars!

Since that time, I've been lucky enough to have some other great country voices record my songs, and it's always exciting to listen for the first time, but there won't ever be a moment quite equal to hearing Mr. Gene Watson sing 'Thinking 'Bout Leaving'.

Thank you, Mark D. Sanders, for your support of Gene Watson.

About Mark D. Sanders...

Mark D. Sanders

Mark D. Sanders was born Mark Daniel Sanders in Los Angeles, California on Thursday 7 September 1950.  While majoring in literature, Mark D. Sanders also enjoyed playing basketball and surfing at Fullerton College and the University of California-San Diego.

Mark D. Sanders first wrote songs as a hobby, until Wednesday 5 March 1980, when he went to Nashville to give his first few songs a shot.

Mark D. Sanders worked at a variety of jobs, such as tour bus driving and substitute teaching, until he was able to develop his songwriting into a full-fledged career about a decade later.

In June 1986, Mark D. Sanders married Cindy Sasser whom he met while they were both working at Hillsboro High School in Nashville.  In addition to a successful songwriting career, Mark D. Sanders has two daughters Kate and Sophie Sanders, a son Dylan Sanders, a step-daughter Jill Goodwin and a step-son Ethan Goodwin.

After spending a successful decade writing in Nashville, Mark D. Sander’s career began to skyrocket in the early 1990s, with his songs recorded by many country music artists, including Diamond Rio, Tracy Lawrence and John Anderson.

In 1995, Mark D. Sanders was nominated for NSAI 'Songwriter of the Year', a year which brought him five No.1 Billboard country music hit singles.  Mark D. Sanders was nominated a second time in 1996.  It was also in 1996 when Mark D. Sanders won an award for 'Country Song of the Year' for 'No News', which was recorded by Lonestar.

In 1997, Mark D. Sanders was also awarded 'Country Songwriter of the Year'.

Mark D. Sanders also won 'Songwriter of the Year' in 1995 and 1997 from the American Society of Composers, Authors & Publishers (ASCAP).

Mark D. Sanders held a previous staff position at Starstruck Publishing, Reba McEntire’s company, which was located on Nashville’s Music Row, working with many famous artists.

On Monday 7 November 2011, Mark D. Sanders released 'History & Hope', an album which featured him singing ten of his songs spanning his career.

Mark D. Sanders’ major career achievement, however, would be his collaboration with Tia Sillers on the Lee Ann Womack song 'I Hope You Dance'.  The duo had previously written the Martina McBride song 'I Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere' in 1999, but it was their collaboration on the Lee Ann Womack song which gained them recognition.

'I Hope You Dance' became a Billboard No.1 country music hit single, and a Billboard Top 20 pop music hit single, for Lee Ann Womack; the track received a Grammy Award for 'Best Country Song', as well as a Grammy nomination for 'Song of the Year'.

'I Hope You Dance' also received Country Music Association (CMA) and Academy of Country Music (ACM) Awards for 'Song of the Year' in 2000 and stayed at the top of the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks Chart for five consecutive weeks.

The song’s popularity led to the release of a book, 'I Hope You Dance', another collaboration of Tia Sillers & Mark D. Sanders; the book contained poems and writings inspired by the song.  There is also an 'I Hope You Dance' children’s book and journal.  Mark D. Sanders & Tia Sillers later collaborated again on an inspirational book entitled 'Climb'.

Other hit songs from the pen of Mark D. Sanders include 'Blue Clear Sky' (co-written with Bob DiPiero) for George Strait, 'Heads Carolina, Tails California' for Jo Dee Messina and 'My Heart Has a History' for Paul Brandt.

Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame

In 2009, Mark D. Sanders was inducted into Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame; the induction ceremony took place at the 39th Anniversary Songwriters Hall of Fame Dinner & Induction Ceremony in Nashville on Monday 19 October 2009.

Mark D. Sanders is a songwriter extraordinaire!

Mark D. Sanders Songs: 1983

Gene Watson: 'Sometimes I Get Lucky' (MCA Records, 1983)

Gene Watson recorded Mark D. Sanders' 'Thinkin' 'Bout Leaving' (co-written with Randy Albright and Butch Paulson) and included the track on 'Sometimes I Get Lucky' (MCA Records, 1983).

Mel Tillis: 'After All This Time' (MCA Records, 1983)

Mel Tillis recorded Mark D. Sanders' 'A Matter of Wine' and included the track on 'After All This Time' (MCA Records, 1983).

Mark D. Sanders Songs: 1984

Vince Gill: 'Turn Me Loose' (RCA Records, 1984)

Vince Gill recorded Mark D. Sanders' 'Oh, Carolina' (co-written with Randy Albright and Jim Elliott) and included the track on 'Turn Me Loose' (RCA Records, 1984); the track reached No.38 on the Billboard country music singles chart in 1984.

Mark D. Sanders Songs: 1987

Holly Dunn: 'Cornerstone' (MTM Records, 1987)

Holly Dunn (Thursday 22 August 1957 - Tuesday 15 November 2016) recorded Mark D. Sanders' 'Small Towns (are smaller for girls)' (co-written with Verlon Thompson and Alice Randall) and included the track on 'Cornerstone' (MTM Records, 1987).

Kathy Mattea: 'Untasted Honey' (Mercury Records, 1987)

Kathy Mattea recorded Mark D. Sanders' 'Like a Hurricane' (co-written with Pat Alger) and included the track on 'Untasted Honey' (Mercury Records, 1987).

Mark D. Sanders Songs: 1989

Garth Brooks: 'Garth Brooks' (Capitol Nashville Records, 1989)

Garth Brooks recorded Mark D. Sanders' 'Victim of the Game' (co-written with Garth Brooks) and included the track on 'Garth Brooks' (Capitol Nashville Records, 1989).

Randy Travis: 'No Holdin' Back' (Warner Bros. Records, 1989)

Randy Travis recorded Mark D. Sanders' 'Have a Nice Rest of Your Life' (co-written with Verlon Thompson) and included the track on 'No Holdin' Back' (Warner Bros. Records, 1989).

Kathy Mattea: 'Willow in The Wind' (Mercury Records, 1989)

Kathy Mattea recorded Mark D. Sanders' 'Here's Hoping' (co-written with Bob Regan) and included the track on 'Willow in The Wind' (Mercury Records, 1989).

Kathy Mattea: 'Willow in The Wind' (Mercury Records, 1989)

Kathy Mattea recorded Mark D. Sanders' 'Willow in The Wind' (co-written with Randy Albright and Lisa Silver) and included the track on 'Willow in The Wind' (Mercury Records, 1989).

Kathy Mattea: 'Willow in The Wind' (Mercury Records, 1989)

Kathy Mattea recorded Mark D. Sanders' 'I'll Take Care of You' (co-written with Karen Staley) and included the track on 'Willow in The Wind' (Mercury Records, 1989).

Mark D. Sanders Songs: 1990

Johnny Cash: 'Boom Chicka Boom' (Mercury Records, 1990)

Johnny Cash (Friday 26 February 1932 - Friday 12 September 2003) recorded Mark D. Sanders' 'That's One You Owe Me' (co-written with Jim Elliott) and included the track on 'Boom Chicka Boom' (Mercury Records, 1990).

Mark D. Sanders Songs: 1991

Diamond Rio: 'Diamond Rio' (Arista Records, 1991)

Diamond Rio recorded Mark D. Sanders' 'Mirror, Mirror', which was co-written with Bob DiPiero and John Jarrard (Thursday 7 May 1953 - Thursday 1 February 2001), and included the track on 'Diamond Rio' (Arista Records, 1991); the track reached No.3 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks Chart in 1991.

Trisha Yearwood: 'Trisha Yearwood' (MCA Records, 1991)

Trisha Yearwood recorded Mark D. Sanders' 'Victim of The Game' (co-written with Garth Brooks) and included the track on 'Trisha Yearwood' (MCA Records, 1991).

Linda Davis: 'In a Different Light' (Liberty Records, 1991)

Linda Davis recorded Mark D. Sanders' 'From Him to Here' (co-written with Verlon Thompson) and included the track on 'In a Different Light' (Liberty Records, 1991).

Tracy Lawrence: 'Sticks & Stones' (Atlantic Records, 1991)

Tracy Lawrence recorded Mark D. Sanders' 'Running Behind' (co-written with Ed Hill) and included the track on 'Sticks & Stones' (Atlantic Records, 1991); the track reached No.4 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks Chart in 1992.

Mark D. Sanders Songs: 1992

Chris LeDoux: 'Whatcha Gonna Do with a Cowboy' (Liberty Records, 1992)

Chris LeDoux (Saturday 2 October 1948 - Wednesday 9 March 2005) recorded Mark D. Sanders' 'Whatcha Gonna Do with a Cowboy' (co-written with Garth Brooks) and included the track on 'Whatcha Gonna Do with a Cowboy' (Liberty Records, 1992); the track reached No.7 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks Chart in 1992.

Joan Kennedy: 'Higher Ground' (MCA Records, 1992)

Joan Kennedy recorded Mark D. Sanders' 'Talk to My Heart', which was co-written with David Roger Allen (Friday 8 September 1950 - Saturday 19 September 1992) and included the track on 'Higher Ground' (MCA Records, 1992); the track reached No.7 on the Canadian RPM Country Tracks Chart in 1992.

Collin Raye: 'In This Life' (Epic Records, 1992)


Collin Raye recorded Mark D. Sanders' 'Many a Mile' (co-written with Bob Regan) and included the track on 'In This Life' (Epic Recods, 1992).

Mark D. Sanders Songs: 1993

John Anderson: 'Solid Ground' (BNA Records, 1993)

John Anderson recorded Mark D. Sanders' 'Money in The Bank', which was co-written with Bob DiPiero and John Jarrard (Thursday 7 May 1953 - Thursday 1 February 2001), and included the track on 'Solid Ground' (BNA Records, 1993); the track was No.1 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks Chart for one week in July 1993.

Billy Dean: 'Fire in The Dark' (Liberty Records, 1993)

Billy Dean recorded Mark D. Sanders' 'That's What I Like About Love' (co-written with Verlon Thompson) and included the track on 'Fire in The Dark' (Liberty Records, 1993).

Barry & Holly Tashian: 'Ready For Love' (Rounder Records, 1993)

Barry & Holly Tashian recorded Mark D. Sanders' 'The Price of Pride' (co-written with Barry Tashian and Holly Tashian) and included the track on 'Ready For Love' (Rounder Records, 1993).

Barry & Holly Tashian: 'Ready For Love' (Rounder Records, 1993)

Barry & Holly Tashian recorded Mark D. Sanders' 'The Memories Remains' (co-written with Randy Albright) and included the track on 'Ready For Love' (Rounder Records, 1993).

Nashville Bluegrass Band: 'Waitin' For The Hard Times to Go' (Sugar Hill Records, 1993)

Nashville Bluegrass Band recorded Mark D. Sanders' 'When I Get Where I'm Going', which was co-written with David Roger Allen (Friday 8 September 1950 - Saturday 19 September 1992), and included the track on 'Waitin' For The Hard Times to Go' (Sugar Hill Records, 1993).

Nashville Bluegrass Band: 'Waitin' For The Hard Times to Go' (Sugar Hill Records, 1993)

Nashville Bluegrass Band recorded Mark D. Sanders' 'On Again, Off Again', which was co-written with David Roger Allen (Friday 8 September 1950 - Saturday 19 September 1992), and included the track on 'Waitin' For The Hard Times to Go' (Sugar Hill Records, 1993).

Mark D. Sanders Songs: 1994

Barry & Holly Tashian: 'Straw into Gold' (Rounder Records, 1994)

Barry & Holly Tashian recorded Mark D. Sanders' 'House of Cards' (co-written with Barry Tashian and Holly Tashian) and included the track on 'Straw into Gold' (Rounder Records, 1994).

Barry & Holly Tashian: 'Straw into Gold' (Rounder Records, 1994)

Barry & Holly Tashian recorded Mark D. Sanders' 'Spinning Straw into Gold' (co-written with Barry Tashian and Holly Tashian) and included the track on 'Straw into Gold' (Rounder Records, 1994).


John Michael Montgomery: 'Kickin' It Up' (Atlantic Records, 1994)

John Michael Montgomery recorded Mark D. Sanders' 'If You've Got Love' (co-written with Steve Seskin) and included the track on 'Kickin' It Up' (Atlantic Records, 1994); the track was No.1 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks Chart for one week in December 1994.

Reba McEntire: 'Read My Mind' (MCA Records, 1994)

Reba McEntire recorded Mark D. Sanders' 'The Heart is a Lonely Hunter', which was co-written with Kim Williams (Saturday 28 June 1947 - Thursday 11 February 2016) and Ed Hill, and included the track on 'Read My Mind' (MCA Records, 1994); the track was No.1 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks Chart for one week in April 1995.

Mark D. Sanders Songs: 1995

Rick Trevino: 'Looking For The Light' (Columbia Records, 1995)

Rick Trevino recorded Mark D. Sanders' 'Save This One For Me' (co-written with Verlon Thompson) and included the track on 'Looking For The Light' (Columbia Records, 1995).

Rick Trevino: 'Looking For The Light' (Columbia Records, 1995)

Rick Trevino recorded Mark D. Sanders' 'Bobbie Ann Mason' and included the track on 'Looking For The Light' (Columbia Records, 1995); the track reached No.6 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks Chart in 1995.

Neal McCoy: 'You Gotta Love That' (Atlantic Records, 1995)

Neal McCoy recorded Mark D. Sanders' 'They're Playing Our Song', which was co-written with Bob DiPiero and John Jarrard (Thursday 7 May 1953 - Thursday 1 February 2001), and included the track on 'You Gotta Love That' (Atlantic Records, 1995); the track reached No.3 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks Chart in July 1995.

Rhett Akins: 'A Thousand Memories' (Decca Nashville Records, 1995)

Rhett Akins recorded Mark D. Sanders' 'Those Hands', which was co-written with Sam Hogin (1950 - Monday 9 August 2004) and Rhett Akins, and included the track on 'A Thousand Memories' (Decca Nashville Records, 1995).

Faith Hill: 'It Matters to Me' (Warner Bros. Records, 1995)

Faith Hill recorded Mark D. Sanders' 'It Matters to Me' (co-written with Ed Hill) and included the track on 'It Matters to Me' (Warner Bros. Records, 1995); the track was No.1 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks Chart for two weeks in January 1996.

Lonestar: 'Lonestar' (BNA Records, 1995)

Lonestar recorded Mark D. Sanders' 'No News', which was co-written with Sam Hogin (1950 - Monday 9 August 2004) and Phil Barnhart, and included the track on 'Lonestar' (BNA Records, 1995); the track was No.1 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks Chart for two weeks in April 1996.

Lonestar: 'Lonestar' (BNA Records, 1995)

Lonestar recorded Mark D. Sanders' 'Runnin' Away With My Heart', which was co-written with Sam Hogin (1950 - Monday 9 August 2004) and Michael Britt, and included the track on 'Lonestar' (BNA Records, 1995); the track reached No.8 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks Chart in 1996.

Mark D. Sanders Songs: 1996

Linda Davis: 'Some Things are Meant to Be' (Arista Records, 1996)

Linda Davis recorded Mark D. Sanders' 'If I Could Live Your Life' (co-written with Tim Nichols) and included the track on 'Some Things Are Meant To Be' (Arista Records, 1996); this track was a duet with Reba McEntire.

Jo Dee Messina: 'Jo Dee Messina' (Curb Records, 1996)

Jo Dee Messina recorded Mark D. Sanders' 'Heads Carolina, Tails California' (co-written with Tim Nichols) and included the track on 'Jo Dee Messina' (Curb Records, 1996); the track reached No.2 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks Chart in 1996.

George Strait: 'Blue Clear Sky' (MCA Records, 1996)

George Strait recorded Mark D. Sanders' 'Blue Clear Sky', which was co-written with Bob DiPiero and John Jarrard (Thursday 7 May 1953 - Thursday 1 February 2001), and included the track on 'Blue Clear Sky' (MCA Records, 1996); the track was No.1 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks Chart for one week in June 1996.

Kenny Chesney: 'Me & You' (BNA Records, 1996)

Kenny Chesney recorded Mark D. Sanders' 'Another Friday Night' (co-written with Zach Turner and Tim Nichols) and included the track on 'Me & You' (BNA Records, 1996).

Sammy Kershaw: 'Politics, Religion & Her' (Mercury Records, 1996) Sammy Kershaw: 'The Ultimate Collection' (Hump Head Country, 2008)

Sammy Kershaw recorded Mark D. Sanders' 'Vidalia' (co-written with Tim Nichols) and included the track on 'Politics, Religion & Her' (Mercury Records, 1996); the track, which reached No.10 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks Chart in 1996, was also included on Sammy Kershaw's 'The Ultimate Collection' (Hump Head Country, 2008).

Rick Trevino: 'Learning As You Go' (Sony Music, 1996)

Rick Trevino recorded Mark D. Sanders' 'See Rock City', which was co-written with Bob DiPiero and John Jarrard (Thursday 7 May 1953 - Thursday 1 February 2001), and included the track on 'Learning As You Go' (Sony Music, 1996); the track reached No.44 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks Chart in 1996.

Rick Trevino: 'Learning As You Go' (Sony Music, 1996)

Rick Trevino recorded Mark D. Sanders' 'Anytime', which was co-written with Bob DiPiero and John Jarrard (Thursday 7 May 1953 - Thursday 1 February 2001), and included the track on 'Learning As You Go' (Sony Music, 1996).

Ty England: 'Two Ways to Fall' (RCA Records, 1996)

Ty England recorded Mark D. Sanders' 'Backslider's Prayer' (co-written with Bob Regan) and included the track on 'Two Ways to Fall' (RCA Records, 1996).

Randy Travis: 'Full Circle' (Warner Bros. Records, 1996)

Randy Travis recorded Mark D. Sanders' ‘Don’t Take Your Love Away From Me’ (co-written with Verlon Thompson) and included the track on 'Full Circle' (Warner Bros. Records, 1996).

Rhett Akins: 'Somebody New' (Decca Nashville Records, 1996)

Rhett Akins recorded Mark D. Sanders' 'Don't Get Me Started', which was co-written with Sam Hogin (1950 - Monday 9 August 2004) and Rhett Akins, and and included the track on 'Somebody New' (Decca Nashville Records, 1996); the track was No.1 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks Chart in 1996.

Paul Brandt: 'Calm Before The Storm' (Reprise Records, 1996)

Paul Brandt recorded Mark D. Sanders' 'My Heart Has a History' (co-written with Paul Brandt) and included the track on 'Calm Before The Storm' (Reprise Records, 1996); the track reached No.5 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks Chart in 1996.

Ricochet: 'Ricochet' (Columbia Records, 1996)

Ricochet recorded Mark D. Sanders' 'Daddy's Money' (co-written with Bob DiPiero and Steve Seskin) and included the track on 'Ricochet' (Columbia Records, 1996); the track was No.1 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks Chart for one week in July 1996.

Reba McEntire: 'What If It's You' (MCA Records, 1996)

Reba McEntire recorded Mark D. Sanders' 'I'd Rather Ride Around With You' (co-written with Tim Nichols) and included the track on 'What If It's You' (MCA Records, 1996); the track reached No.2 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks Chart in 1997.

Trace Adkins: 'Dreamin' Out Loud' (Capitol Nashville Records, 1996)

Trace Adkins recorded Mark D. Sanders' '(This Ain't) No Thinkin' Thing' (co-written with Tim Nichols) and included the track on 'Dreamin' Out Loud' (Capitol Nashville Records, 1996); the track was No.1 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks Chart for one week in July 1997.

Mark D. Sanders Songs: 1997

Aaron Tippin: 'Greatest Hits...& Then Some' (RCA Records, 1997)

Aaron Tippin recorded Mark D. Sanders' 'A Door' (co-written with Tim Nichols) and included the track on 'Greatest Hits...& Then Some' (RCA Records, 1997); the track reached No.65 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks Chart in 1997.

Clay Walker: 'Rumor Has It' (Giant Records, 1997)

Clay Walker recorded Mark D. Sanders' 'I'd Say That's Right' (co-written with Tim Nichols) and included the track on 'Rumor Has It' (Giant Records, 1997).

Lonestar: 'Crazy Nights' (BNA Records, 1997)

Lonestar recorded Mark D. Sanders' 'Come Cryin' to Me' (co-written with Wally Wilson and John Rich) and included the track on 'Crazy Nights' (BNA Records, 1997); the track was No.1 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks Chart for one week in August 1997.

Lee Ann Womack: 'Lee Ann Womack' (MCA Records, 1997)

Lee Ann Womack recorded Mark D. Sanders' 'Buckaroo' (co-written with Ed Hill) and included the track on 'Lee Ann Womack' (MCA Records, 1997); the track reached No.27 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks Chart in 1997.

George Strait: 'Carrying Your Love with Me' (MCA Records, 1997)

George Strait recorded Mark D. Sanders' 'That's Me (Every Chance I Get)' (co-written with Ed Hill) and included the track on 'Carrying Your Love with Me' (MCA Records, 1997).

Blackhawk: 'Love & Gravity' (Arista Nashville Records, 1997)

Blackhawk recorded Mark D. Sanders' 'Love & Gravity (was Fallin' From Her Good Graces)' (co-written with Henry Paul and Dave Robbins) and included the track on 'Love & Gravity' (Arista Nashville Records, 1997).

Ricky Skaggs: 'Life is a Journey' (Atlantic Records, 1997)

Ricky Skaggs recorded Mark D. Sanders' 'Time is a Bandit' (co-written with Lisa Silver and Randy Albright) and included the track on 'Life is a Journey' (Atlantic Records, 1997).

Ricky Skaggs: 'Life is a Journey' (Atlantic Records, 1997)

Ricky Skaggs recorded Mark D. Sanders' 'When Life Hits Hard' (co-written with Steve Seskin) and included the track on 'Life is a Journey' (Atlantic Records, 1997).

Rich McCready: 'That Just About Covers It' (Magnatone Records, 1997)

Rich McCready recorded Mark D. Sanders' 'Leave a Little Somethin' Behind' (co-written with Danny Worley) and included the track on 'That Just About Covers It' (Magnatone Records, 1997).

Chely Wright: 'Let Me In' (MCA Nashville Records, 1997)

Chely Wright recorded Mark D. Sanders' 'Your Woman Misses Your Man' (co-written with Ed Hill and Chely Wright) and included the track on 'Let Me In' (MCA Nashville Records, 1997).

Chely Wright: 'Let Me In' (MCA Nashville Records, 1997)

Chely Wright recorded Mark D. Sanders' 'Just Another Heartache' (co-written with Ed Hill) and included the track on 'Let Me In' (MCA Nashville Records, 1997).

Jason Sellers: 'I'm Your Man' (BNA Records, 1997)

Jason Sellers recorded Mark D. Sanders' 'I'm Your Man' (co-written with Austin Cunningham) and included the track on 'I'm Your Man' (BNA Records, 1997); the track reached No.37 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks Chart in 1997.

Barry & Holly Tashian: 'Harmony' (Rounder Records, 1997)

Barry & Holly Tashian recorded Mark D. Sanders' 'Two Ways to Fall' (co-written with Barry Tashian and Holly Tashian) and included the track on 'Harmony' (Rounder Records, 1997).

Barry & Holly Tashian: 'Harmony' (Rounder Records, 1997)

Barry & Holly Tashian recorded Mark D. Sanders' 'Fools Hall of Shame' (co-written with Barry Tashian and Holly Tashian) and included the track on 'Harmony' (Rounder Records, 1997).

Regina Regina (Regina Nicks & Regina Leigh): 'Regina Regina' (Giant Records, 1997)

Regina Regina (Regina Nicks & Regina Leigh) recorded Mark D. Sanders' 'The Big Bad Broken Heart' (co-written with Ed Hill) and included the track on 'Regina Regina' (Giant Records, 1997).


Mindy McCready: 'If I Don't Stay The Night' (BNA Records, 1997)

Mindy McCready (Sunday 30 November 1975 - Sunday 17 February 2013) recorded Mark D. Sanders' 'What If I Do' (co-written with Ed Hill and David Malloy) and included the track on 'If I Don't Stay The Night' (BNA Records, 1997); the track reached No.26 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks Chart in 1997.

Mindy McCready: 'If I Don't Stay The Night' (BNA Records, 1997)

Mindy McCready (Sunday 30 November 1975 - Sunday 17 February 2013) recorded Mark D. Sanders' 'The Other Side of This Kiss' (co-written with Bob DiPiero and David Malloy) and included the track on 'If I Don't Stay The Night' (BNA Records, 1997); the track reached No.41 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks Chart in 1998.

Mark D. Sanders Songs: 1998

Rhett Akins: 'What Living's All About' (Decca Records, 1998)

Rhett Akins recorded Mark D. Sanders' 'Better Than It Used to Be' (co-written with Neil Thrasher) and included the track on 'What Living's All About' (Decca Records, 1998); the track reached No.47 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks Chart in 1998.

Rhett Akins: 'What Living's All About' (Decca Records, 1998)

Rhett Akins recorded Mark D. Sanders' 'Happy As We Wanna Be' (co-written with Tim Nichols) and included the track on 'What Living's All About' (Decca Records, 1998).

Trisha Yearwood: 'Where Your Road Leads' (MCA Records, 1998)

Trisha Yearwood recorded Mark D. Sanders' 'Wouldn't Any Woman' (co-written with Bob DiPiero and Michelle McCord) and included the track on 'Where Your Road Leads' (MCA Records, 1998).

Diamond Rio: 'Unbelievable' (Arista Records, 1998)

Diamond Rio recorded Mark D. Sanders' 'What More Do You Want From Me' (co-written with Bob Regan) and included the track on 'Unbelievable' (Arista Records, 1998).

Mark D. Sanders Songs: 1999

Trace Adkins: 'More' (Capitol Nashville Records, 1999)

Trace Adkins recorded Mark D. Sanders' 'She's Still There' (co-written with Tim Johnson) and included the track on 'More' (Capitol Nashville Records, 1999).

Martina McBride: 'Emotion' (RCA Records, 1999)

Martina McBride recorded Mark D. Sanders' 'There You Are' (co-written with Ed Hill and Bob DiPiero) and included the track on 'Emotion' (RCA Records, 1999); the track reached No.10 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs Chart in 1999.

Martina McBride: 'Emotion' (RCA Records, 1999)

Martina McBride recorded Mark D. Sanders' 'I Ain't Goin' Nowhere' (co-written with Tia Sillers) and included the track on 'Emotion' (RCA Records, 1999).

Mark D. Sanders Songs: 2000

Lee Ann Womack: 'I Hope You Dance' (MCA Records, 2000)

Lee Ann Womack recorded Mark D. Sanders' 'I Hope You Dance' (co-written with Tia Sillers) and included the track on 'I Hope You Dance' (MCA Records, 2000); the track, which featured guest vocals from Sons of The Pioneers, was No.1 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks Chart for four weeks in July / August 2000, and No.14 on the Billboard Hot 100 pop music singles chart in 2000.

Mark D. Sanders Songs: 2001

Trace Adkins: 'Chrome' (Capitol Nashville Records, 2001)

Trace Adkins recorded Mark D. Sanders' 'Come Home' (co-written with Ed Hill and Bob DiPiero) and included the track on 'Chrome' (Capitol Nashville Records, 2001).

Mark D. Sanders Songs: 2002

Alan Jackson: 'Drive' (Arista Records, 2002)

Alan Jackson recorded Mark D. Sanders' 'That'd Be Alright' (co-written with Tim Nichols and Tia Sillers) and included the track on 'Drive' (Arista Records, 2002).

Aaron Tippin: 'Stars & Stripes' (Lyric Street Records, 2002)

Aaron Tippin recorded Mark D. Sanders' 'Honky Tonk If You Love Country' (co-written with Bob DiPiero and Ed Hill) and included the track on 'Stars & Stripes' (Lyric Street Records, 2002).

Mark D. Sanders Songs: 2003

Trace Adkins: 'Comin' On Strong' (Capitol Nashville Records, 2003)

Trace Adkins recorded Mark D. Sanders' 'Baby's Gone' (co-written with Tim Nichols and Tia Sillers) and included the track on 'Comin' On Strong' (Capitol Nashville Records, 2003).

Billy Currington: 'Billy Currington' (Mercury Records, 2003)

Billy Currington recorded Mark D. Sanders' 'Off My Rocker' (co-written with Carson Chamberlain and Billy Currington) and included the track on 'Billy Currington' (Mercury Records, 2003).

Mark D. Sanders Songs: 2006

Jeff Bates: 'Leave The Light On' (RCA Nashville Records, 2006)

Jeff Bates recorded Mark D. Sanders' 'Hands on Man' (co-written with Carson Chamberlain and Michael White) and included the track on 'Leave The Light On' (RCA Nashville Records, 2006).

Josh Turner: 'Your Man' (MCA Records, 2006)

Josh Turner recorded Mark D. Sanders' 'Loretta Lynn's Lincoln' (co-written with Shawn Camp) and included the track on 'Your Man' (MCA Records, 2006).

Vince Gill: 'These Days' (MCA Records, 2006)

Vince Gill recorded Mark D. Sanders' 'A River Like You' and included the track on 'Little Brother', an acoustic album included within the box set 'These Days' (MCA Records, 2006); the track featured guest vocals from Jenny Gill.

Mark D. Sanders Songs: 2010

Reba McEntire: 'All The Women I Am' (Starstruck / Valory Records, 2010)

Reba McEntire recorded Mark D. Sanders' 'The Day She Got Divorced' (co-written with Brandy Clark and Shane McAnally) and included the track on 'All The Women I Am' (Starstruck / Valory Records, 2010).

Mark D. Sanders Songs: 2013

Brandy Clark: '12 Stories' (Smith Entertainment, 2013)

Brandy Clark recorded Mark D. Sanders' 'Take a Little Pill' (co-written with Brandy Clark and Shane McAnally) and included the track on '12 Stories' (Smith Entertainment, 2013).

Brandy Clark: '12 Stories' (Smith Entertainment, 2013)

Brandy Clark recorded Mark D. Sanders' 'Day She Got Divorced' (co-written with Brandy Clark and Shane McAnally) and included the track on '12 Stories' (Smith Entertainment, 2013).
Mark D. Sanders' Career Highlights

• Two-time Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI) 'Songwriter of the Year' (1995-1996)
• ASCAP 'Country Songwriter of the Year' (1997), among more than forty songwriter performance achievement honors, including two ASCAP Songs of the Year: 'No News' and 'I Hope You Dance'
• Best Country Song Grammy winner for writing Lee Ann Womack’s smash 'I Hope You Dance', also named 'Song of the Year' by Country Music Association (CMA), Academy of Country Music (ACM) and Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI)
• With co-writer Tia Sillers, authored book inspired by 'I Hope You Dance' (2 million books sold)
• Four Country Music Association (CMA) Triple Play Awards given for three No.1s in a twelve-month period
• Recognized as 'Songwriter of the Year' by industry publications, including Billboard, Music Row and American Songwriter

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• Mark D. Sanders' Nashville Songwriters Foundation Feature

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