Billy O'Rourke is a young, but seasoned, singer-songwriter from San Antonio, Texas. He moved to the Alamo City in 1991, from San Angelo, Texas where he graduated from A.S.U. with a degree in Drama and Speech. After college Billy spent most of his time perfecting his art as a musician, but to truly understand his musical talents you have to look back and see that he has been working for this all his life.
Billy was born in Del Rio, Texas and grew up in the small West Texas town of Sanderson. At a very young age, he already had ambitions of being a guitar player and singer. By the age of twelve, he was playing guitar and singing every chance he could. Billy's ambitions started becoming a reality while attending college in San Angelo where Billy joined a local rock band as the lead guitarist. After graduation from college, Billy moved to San Antonio and began working with David Lee Garza y Los Musicales. To date he has been with the band for 10 years and recorded 9 albums. "I've learned more about music with David Lee than anyone else I've worked with in the past... be it Country, Rock or Tejano."
In 1997, Billy signed a "publishing deal" with producer Bill Green and has since been perfecting his art as a songwriter, making occasional trips to Nashville and writing with some of Nashville's best known writers. Hundreds of songs and thousands of studio hours later, Billy is now promoting his debut single release "Country as a City Girl Can Be", from the new CD "Honky Tonk Ballet". The album features 12 songs, all of which were written by Billy or with co-writer Mitchell Stephen. Throughout the entire CD you can hear the different influences of artists like Bruce Hornsby, Don Henley, Randy Travis, and Vern Gosdin. "I'm really proud of the work we did on this release but I also understand there is so much more to be done. The reaction from fans and radio has been more than I ever expected, and that makes all the hard work worthwhile."
On a personal note, Billy adds, "My dad once told me how lucky I was to be able to make a living doing something I really enjoy. That really struck a chord in me and inspired me to write 'All I Have To Be Is Me' which is one of the songs on the new CD. More and more every day, I realize just how true that is. I thank God every day for looking over me and giving me a family that has been so supportive." Billy currently lives in San Antonio with his wife, Jackie, and four year old son, Will.
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1. Bless This Barbeque
2. A Little More Whiskey
3. Been There Done That Years
4. She Just Wants To Dance
5. I'LL FORGIVE YOU (But I'll Never Forget)
6. Times Have Changed
7. Your Leaving Lying Down
8. I Love What You're Doing To Me
9. Let Somebody Love You
11. Live The Life I Love
12. I Can Watch Her Dance
13. Leaving's Coming On
14. Who's That Gringo