A Question for you

by Dean Backholm

      A Question For You - Dean Backholm

Dean Backholm –

  • Dean Backholm was literally born into the music industry.  His parents actually met in his uncle’s band where his father played trumpet and his mother was the lead singer.  Today, he’s written over 150 original songs, each complete with music and lyrics
  • He and his brother Doug shared a bedroom when they were kids.  Every night mom would call up the stairs around 8 p.m. and say ‘hey boys it’s time to stop singing and go to sleep.’
  • The two brothers were a bit like the Baker Boys, performing in local bars in Pullman, Washington while both attending Washington State University.  The duo was called “Back to Back.”   Later in Seattle, he formed a popular duo, BACKHOLM/HALL, with Patti Hall, 2007 New Music Awards “Breakthrough Country Artist of the Year.”
  • Currently he expresses his creativity in his professional career as an award-winning landscape designer.   He designs and builds beautiful gardens, water features and outdoor recreational spaces for private home owners throughout the Puget Sound area.
  • In 2007, Music and Media International (MMI) of Los Angeles signed a national publishing contract picking up all 11 tracks from his first CD “A Question for You.”
  • In 2008, “Mother and Child” was selected by the National March of Dimes  for a debut fundraiser compilation CD called “Stork Tunes.”  Artists on the project include Billy Joel, Wynona, Norah Jones, Sinead O’Connor and others. Proceeds from the sale of the new CD will fund the nonprofit’s efforts to give every baby a healthy start in life.
  • In 2008, “Turn Off the Moon,” a co-write with Cheryl Ashton, Cathy Serum and Richard Davis of Nashville, was a semi-finalist in the International Songwriting Competition, one of the largest contests in the industry.
  • The Texas Songwriters’ Cruise is a respected songwriters’ gathering held each year in the Caribbean on a cruise ship. Hundreds of songwriters gather to perfect their craft and submit songs for judging. Dean and Cheryl Ashton’s songs “Undeniable” in 2009 and “Long Way Home” in 2011 took home the Grand Prize. Both are currently being shopped to Nashville artists and record companies.
  • At the 2010 Kauai Music Festival, “Undeniable” and “Long Way Home” were honored as two of the seven best songs out of the more than 2000 entered in the conference songwriting contest. The video for “Long Way Home” took second place.