Phil O’Donnell, a Canada native, made his first trip to Nashville in 1983 and began developing his skills as a songwriter. Officially making the move in 1994, O’Donnell worked as a musician, playing guitar with many artists including Craig Morgan, Jeff Carson, Kevin Denney, Johnny Lee, and Sherrie Austin.
O’Donnell’s songwriting credits include George Strait’s 60th No. 1 “Give It All We Got Tonight,” No. 1 single, “Back When I Knew It All” recorded by Montgomery Gentry, “Love Remembers,” “I Got You,” and “More Trucks Than Cars”(Craig Morgan), “Tougher Than Nails” (Joe Diffie), “Fore She Was Mama,” “She Won’t Be Lonely Long” (Clay Walker), Darryl Worley, “Sounds Like Life to Me.” He has also had songs cut by Blake Shelton, Rodney Atkins, Darius Rucker, Josh Thompson, Justin Moore, Tate Stevens, Scotty McCreery, Brad Paisley, Parmalee, Jawga Boyz, Trace Atkins, Matt Stillwell, Matt Mason, Mark Chestnut, Gord Bamford, Tracy Byrd, Billy Ray Cyrus, Travis Tritt, Jason Blain, Gretchin Wilson, Randy Travis, James Wesley, Ash Bow- ers, Joey & Rory, High Valley, Marty Raybon, Gabe Garcia, Guy Pinrod, Lila McCan, Kevin Denny, Trent Willman, Andy Griggs, Neal M’Coy, Tracy Lawerence, Sammy Kershaw, Cole Degges And The Lonesome, Chalee Tennison, John Conley, Ed Bruce, and Jill King.
In addition to having a successful career as a songwriter, O’Donnell also has served as producer for artists such as Craig Morgan, Josh Thompson, Keith Anderson, Matt Mason, Justin McBride, Chris Janson, Mark Wills, Tara Oram, Jason Blaine, High Valley, Steve Richard, Davisson Bros. Band. Among his many production credits is the six-week No. 1 country hit, “That’s What I Love About Sunday” (Craig Morgan), which was the most played country song of 2005. He is currently producing a studio album on Joe Diffie.