Known for his heartfelt lyrics and attention to detail. "I was 37 when i signed my first deal, 40 when i had my first cut and 41 when i had my first #1 song" says James. That song turned out to be the 5 week #1 song,
"My List", recorded by Toby Keith. "My List" went on to be the most played song of the year in 2002 and has since been on albums that have sold over 10 million copies. Singles such as "He's Mine" by Rodney Atkins followed with James once again topping the charts in 2013 with "Give It All We Got Tonight", George Strait's 60th Number One song. In 2015, James, Darius Rucker and Rivers Rutherford wrote 2 songs, "So I Sang" and the title track "Southern Style" for the #1 album "Southern Style" by Darius, and most recently wrote the Chris Stapleton song "Either Way" from the Grammy-
His first attemp, “Baby Blue”, recorded by George Strait went to #1 in Billboard.
Aaron wrote “love Without End, Amen.” Believing this would be a song that he would play for his family, however he decided to see what would happen if he sent it to George Strait. Strait recorded it and the song stayed at the #1position in Billboard Magazine for 5 weeks.
Barker also wrote Strait’s #1 song “Easy Come, Easy Go” and Lonestar’s “What About Now”. His songs have also been recorded by Doug Supernaw, Clay Walker, Neal McCoy, Aaron Tippin and Willie Nelson. Barker turned “Love Without End, Amen” into a book in 2002.
He was inducted into the Texas Heritage Songwriters’ Hall of Fame in 2007.
Danny’s vocal talent lead to singing 100’s of songwriter demos as well as adding background vocals to numerous albums by the likes of Blake Shelton, Montgomery Gentry and Keith Anderson before focusing on his passion for writing songs.
As a writer, Danny’s musical diversity has led to cuts by artists ranging from Tim McGraw to Joe Cocker and he has celebrated numerous hit songs, including Craig Morgan’s “International Harvester” Tim McGraw’s “Truck Yeah” and 2009’s most played country song, “She’s Country” by Jason Aldean. In addition to Billboard Top 5 song “I Love This Life” with LoCash, Danny is enjoying success with Old Southern Moonshine Revival, Maddie & Tae, Gloriana and Dean Alexander.