Van Buchanan
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Van Buchanan

Houston, Texas, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2015 | SELF

Houston, Texas, United States | SELF
Established on Jan, 2015
Band Americana Singer/Songwriter


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2010 - Motherlode (Available at iTunes and



Van Buchanan, singer/songwriter from Houston, Texas, had his first taste of success in 1980 when Mark Charron signed several of his songs to Mickey Gilley's publishing company, Red Rose Music. The deal was basically inked on the strength of one of Van's popular songs at the time, Saturday Night Live (Sunday Morning Dead). Within a year Van got a cut on Carroll Gilley with Hey Little Girl. In April, 1982 Ritchie Cordell called from New York regarding Who Fooled Who, a song Van pitched to Joan Jett when she played The Rock Saloon in Houston. Though they didn't use the song, this event convinced Van his writing was on the right track. In 1983 one of Van's songs was an award winner in the American Song Festival. In August of that same year, Hurricane Alicia destroyed his home and property, placing his music career temporarily on the backburner. Bouncing back after a chance meeting with and great advice from record producer Ian Samwell in Houston (this just after Ian had completed work on the first Bourgeois Tagg release on Island), Van started to focus on his strength - writing great songs. Having compiled a collection of fairly strong material and winning yet another award, this time in the Music City Song Festival, Van ventured to Nashville. Playing songs for those who would listen (Mark James, Sara Young, Shelby Kennedy) Van was told there was definitely a place for what he was doing. Van won a spot on Cajun singer Don LaFleur's 1988 release Farmbelt, from which the second single hit the Billboard Hot 100. After the artist and investor parted ways, Van was able to network and get several more cuts on artists such as Rick Campbell, Tommy Hodges, Janet David and Al White. This activity caught the attention of record producer/music publisher Huey P. Meaux, who did a remix of Lost and Found. Van then worked as Creative Director for Don Westmoreland's Nandon Music, wrote and performed on spots that aired on major TV and radio stations and was a member of the Houston band Bates Motel. After spending several years in Austin, Van returned to Houston and started performing in a variety of styles throughout the metro area. He also won the 2006 Songwriter of the Year and, with his song Motherlode, Song of the Year with the Houston Songwriters Association. In 2008, Van placed Honorable Mention with his songs Six Feet Understood and Waltzing Matilda in the Woody Guthrie Songwriting Competition. Most recently, he won 2009 Song of the Year with the Houston Songwriters Association, this time with his song Neverland and in 2010 he was a Regional New Folk winner at the Kerrville Folk Festival. Through it all the songs have remained the one constant. Performance after performance, Van establishes the fact that he truly is a singing SONGWRITER.

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