(Tony) Anthony Ramey was born on April 17, 1974 in Kenova, West Virginia. He grew up in Kenova where his father was a journeyman for Owens-Illinois Glass Company and his mother was a law department assistant. Tony has one older brother, Ace Ramey, a federal park ranger in Huntington, WV for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
Tony began earning royalties from his songs when he was seventeen years old.
After graduating from Ceredo-Kenova High School, Tony earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in English Literature at Marshall University. While in college, Tony formed the Dixie Flyer Band, a country music cover band who also played Tony's original songs he had begun writing at the age of 11. After winning the True-Value Country Showdown, Dixie Flyer toured extensively throughout Ohio, Kentucky, Virginia, and West Virginia, performing at fairs, festivals, and other music venues. Tony moved to Nashville and later worked on a PhD in English Literature with Concentrations in Old English, Romanticism, and American Literature. His scholarship and work in Samuel Taylor Coleridge garnered him a Wolfe Award from MTSU's graduate school for excellence in critical writing and research.
Ramey's frequent performances included opening for Billy Ray Cyrus, Dan Seals, Reba McEntire, Lorrie Morgan, George Jones, Keith Whitley, Glen Campbell, and other country music artists.
Ramey was offered a deal on Polydor Polygram/Mercury Records, but shortly thereafter the Polygram division was bought by A&M of California and the Nashville office was closed. Ramey began working with Tom Collins, a producer and publisher on Nashville's Music Row. Ramey's first gold record as a songwriter, "I Don't Want This Song to End, was recorded by John Michael Montgomery.
Several years later, Tony and Tom Collins amicably parted ways. Not long after, Ramey was invited to do a songwriting round at the Bluebird Café. While performing at Bluebird, Ramey was seen by the creative director of Muy Bueno Music, owned by country music artist George Strait. While at Muy Bueno , Ramey amassed a catalog of more than 900 songs and several country Top Forty, international Top Forty, and gold record and platinum record hits.
In 2007, Tony left Muy Bueno to sign with Cherry Lane Music of New York. Ramey's songs were performed on television and in film, and by Canadian, Australian, and European musicians. While at Cherry Lane, Ramey produced and released his self-titled fifth studio album.
When BMG Germany acquired Cherry Lane in 2010, Ramey joined Davis Music Group in Nashville as creative director/songwriter for the company's publishing division.
In the spring of 2011, Tony moved to Greenville, Texas where he is continuing to write music, and has undertaken a concert tour throughout the US. After moving to Texas, he recorded his CDs Throwback, Soul Survivor (which features a duet with Willie Nelson), and Spirit of Hank and the Heart of James Dean. He is the recipient of the Texas Country Music Association Independent Artist of the Year Award in 2016. In 2015, Country Music icon Ray Price recorded a song Tony co-wrote called "No More Songs to Sing" for his Beauty Is: The Last Sessions Album. Most recently (2015-16), Mark Chesnutt recorded Tony Ramey's song "Oughta Miss Me By Now" and Marcus Lindsey of The Marcus Lindsey Band recorded "Too Much Ain't Enough" in 2015 for his self-titled debut album Marcus Lindsey.
Gold recordsI Don’t Want This Song To End by John Michael Montgomery (Album: Leave A Mark)
Second Chance by Trisha Yearwood (Album: Inside Out)
Hot Grease and Zydeco by George Strait (Album: Twang)
Something To Write Home About by Craig Morgan (Album: Craig Morgan)
Awards“American Idol Underground” - Winner, Country music genre (March 2006)
"Country Music Association of Texas" - Winner, Independent Artist of the Year Award (2016)
"Broadcast Music Incorporated" - Winner, BMI Award for "Make Up in Love" as one of the most played songs of 2000.
Tony Ramey and the Dixie Flyer Band (Copper Creek Records, 1994)
True Calling (Copper’s Creek Records, 1997)
Places (Music Mill/Copper Creek Records, 2004)
Tony Ramey (Airastar/Copper Creek Records, 2006)
Is It Worth My Broken Heart (EverSong Records, 2008)
Once Again (Dig It Deep Records, 2010)
Throwback (Dig It Deep Records, 2012)
Soul Survivor (Dig It Deep Records, 2014)
Spirit of Hank and the Heart of James Dean (Rhyme Heart Records, 2016)