After three years of knocking on countless publishers’ doors, going to weekly workshops & performing at various Writers’ Nights around town, Sandy landed a Staff Writing Deal at Wrensong Publishing. She had her first major success as a songwriter, A Billboard Top 5 record, “Don’t Waste It On The Blues” by country artist Gene Watson the next year. She remained an exclusive writer at Wrensong for the next 10 years and landed five major label cuts with Lee Greenwood – including the Top 10 Single, “We’ve Got it Made.” Another single “I Brake for Brunettes” by Rhett Akins, was a #1 Dance Club hit as well as reaching#15 on the Billboard charts. Sandy has had her songs recorded by Faith Hill, Neal McCoy, Kenny Rogers, Anne Murray, Wild Rose & The Whites. Her biggest cut to date – “Let ‘er Rip” was on the Dixie Chicks “Wide Open Spaces” CD which has sold over 19 million copies!
The Dixie chicks cut allowed Sandy to take a hiatus from the music industry in 2000 to focus her attention on her two children who were in middle school and high school. When she returned to songwriting, Sheree Spoltore convinced her to be a judge for the NSAI song contest, then evaluate songs & mentor new writers for NSAI. After a few years of critiquing songs and loving it, she decided to start her own Songwriting Evaluation Service – The SongTuner – in 2011. After getting so many requests from her clients to find a way to get their songs to someone who could get them recorded, The SongTuner has evolved and now includes a “Pitch My Song” and “Pitch to Pro Pipeline” service.
Sandy lives in Franklin, Tennessee with her husband Gregg that she uprooted from Arizona 30 years ago . She still continues to write with many young artists and up and coming songwriters.