I want to learn more about the country band Sawyer Brown. Lead singer Mark Miller is a great dancer and performer. How long has the band been together, and who writes their material?
—Sharon W., Ohio
The five-man country group recently signed a new record deal, this time with Walt Disney company's Lyric Street Records. Lead singer and Florida native Mark Miller was especially happy about the deal, since he worked for five years at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Fla. The band's first album for Lyric Street, their 19th career release, will be out later this year. Miller and Gregg "Hobie" Hubbard, the band's keyboardist, write quite a bit of the material. But the band has also recorded songs by writers such as Dave Loggins, Bill LaBounty, and Mac McAnally, to name a few. Little more than two decades ago—April 1, 1982, to be exact—Sawyer Brown was founded. The band includes Miller, Hubbard, Duncan Cameron on lead guitar, Jim Scholeten on bass, and Joe Smyth on drums. It zoomed to fame after winning the grand prize on television's Star Search in 1984.