Don Poythress was born in Meridian, Mississippi, but has lived and worked inNashville since 1986. He has penned songs that have been recorded by Willie Nelson, Bonnie Raitt, Sheryl Crow, Tim McGraw, Daryll Worley, Sir Cliff Richard, Brian Littrell (Backstreet Boys), Lincoln Brewster, Blake Shelton, Earl Scruggs, Kari Jobe,Philips Craig and Dean, Jake Owen, and Jason Crabb among many others.
His song “A Little More Country Than That” recorded by Easton Corbin went to#1 and was nominated for CMA and ACM song of the Year. And Kelly Pickler had a hit with “Things That Never Cross A Man’s Mind”. Other recent singles include JakeOwen’s “Tell Me” and The Henningsen’s “I Miss You”.
His Dove Award-winning Song "The Promise" as sung by The Martins, wasawarded top recorded song in the Southern Gospel Category in 2004. He also won a 2011 Dove award for Jason Crabb’s version of “Joseph” in the Inspirational Song of the Yearcategory. And his third Dove Award was for Karen Peck and New River’s “Revival” in the Southern Gospel Category.
Don is also known as a performer in his own right, appearing on such stages asthe Grand Ole Opry, The Ryman Auditorium, The Louisiana Hayride, and a regular performer at The Bluebird Café. He has taught songwriting workshops at Vanderbilt University, Belmont University, Nashville Songwriters Association International, BMI,ASCAP, The Christian Musician Summit and many other places.
His latest album with Integrity Hossanna! Music entitled “Wash Away” included guest artist Ricky Skaggs, Paul Baloche, Susan Ashton and Jared Anderson.
Don has been blessed to be the worship leader at Abundant Life Church in Mt.Juliet Tn for the last 28 years.donpoythress.com