Daniel Hill is President of Spirit Music Nashville (formerly Cal IV Entertainment) and a 30-year veteran of music publishing in Nashville. Since joining the independent music publisher in 2000, the company has had No. 1 hits by numerous artists, including Jason Aldean, Kenny Chesney, George Strait, Tim McGraw, Keith Urban, Faith Hill, Eli Young Band, Love And Theft, Rodney Atkins, Lee Ann Womack, Thompson Square and Jake Owen.
With recent focus on production and artist management, Hill was instrumental in the artist development of Universal/EMI Records' Eric Paslay, who recently achieved his first No.1 and certified gold single as an artist with "Friday Night," and released his debut album to critical acclaim. The song was co-written with fellow Cal IV development artist/writer Rose Falcon.
Spirit's most recent charting songs include Rascal Flatts' No.1 "Rewind," Paslay's Top 10 hit "Song About A Girl," Chase Bryant's first top ten hit "Take It On Back," and the recent Easton Corbin hit “Baby Be My Love Song.” “Friday Night” was recognized as one of the top five most performed songs at the 2014 ASCAP Country Awards, as was “Even If It Breaks Your Heart” in 2013. Spirit’s song “Barefoot Blue Jean Night” was recognized as the 2012 ASCAP Country Song of the Year, as was “If You’re Going Through Hell” in 2007. In 2008, Cal IV writer Dave Berg was named the ASCAP Country Songwriter of the Year.
Prior to Spirit and Cal IV, Hill served at PolyGram Music Publishing for 10 years, working with such legendary songwriters as Hall of Famers Bob McDill, Dickey Lee, and Rory Bourke, as well as Kostas and Grammy winning songwriter Gordon Kennedy. Hill was VP/Acting GM at the time of the PolyGram merger with MCA/Universal Music, and subsequently VP of Universal Music. As a song plugger, Hill has placed songs with Alan Jackson, George Strait, Martina McBride, Wynonna, Vince Gill, Dixie Chicks, Alison Krauss, Trisha Yearwood, Dwight Yoakam, Joe Cocker, and many others.
A native of East Tennessee, Hill received his undergraduate degree in Music Performance and an MBA in Marketing from the University of Tennessee/Knoxville, while performing and recording in that region. Hill serves as a Trustee for The Recording Academy, Nashville Chapter, and previously served as Nashville Chapter President and Vice President. He also serves as National Co-Chair of the Planning & Governance Committee of the Recording Academy. Hill is an alumnus of Nashville’s Leadership Music class of 2000, member of the ACM and CMA, and a producer and musician (drums, percussion).