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Billy Steinberg has been among the most successful songwriters of the past 25 years, co-writing (with Tom Kelly) five #1 singles on Billboard’s “Hot 100” chart, including “Like A Virgin” (Madonna), “True Colors” (Cyndi Lauper), “So Emotional” (Whitney Houston), “Eternal Flame” (The Bangles) and “Alone” (Heart). Additionally, Billy co-wrote other well-known Top 10 U.S. pop hits, including “I’ll Stand By You” (Pretenders, Carrie Underwood), “I Touch Myself” (the Divinyls), “How Do I Make You” (Linda Ronstadt), “I Drove All Night” (Roy Orbison, Cyndi Lauper, Celine Dion), “In Your Room” (The Bangles) and “Too Little Too Late” (JoJo).

Many of Steinberg’s songs have become enduring classics and continue to receive attention from many of today’s top artists. “Like A Virgin” was honored by Rolling Stone & MTV as the #4 song on their list of the “100 Greatest Pop Songs.” “True Colors” was recorded by Phil Collins for his “Greatest Hits” album and became a major worldwide hit. “True Colors” was also featured in Kodak’s prominent television-based advertisment campaign for several years. Celine Dion scored hits with covers of “I Drove All Night” and “Alone”.  Billy’s songs have been staples for singers on American Idol.

Steinberg grew up in Palm Springs, California, and attended Bard College in upstate New York. After college, he pursued a career as a recording artist and songwriter while also working in his family’s table grape business. His band, Billy Thermal (Thermal was the town where the vineyard business was located), was signed to legendary producer Richard Perry’s Planet Records in 1979. The band’s guitarist played Billy Thermal’s demos for Linda Ronstadt, and she decided to record Steinberg’s song, “How Do I…

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