Don Schlitz was born in Durham, North Carolina and briefly attended Duke University. He moved to Nashville, Tennessee in 1973, and worked as a computer operator at Vanderbilt University until 1978, when
His first recorded song, The Gambler won a Grammy and the Country Music Associations Song of the Year. Since that auspicious entry into show business, Dons songs have played major roles in the careers of Kenny Rogers, Randy Travis, The Judds, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Tanya Tucker, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Alison Krauss, and many other singers. His fifty Top Tens have included twenty-four Number Ones.
Schlitz was the ASCAP Country Songwriter of the Year for four consecutive years from 1988-91. He has won three CMA Song of the Year awards, two ACM Song of the Year awards, two GRAMMYs, and has had many more nominations. He was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Associations Hall of Fame in 1993. In 2010, he received the Academy of Country Musics Poets Award, for career songwriting achievement in country music, and was inducted into the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame.
Dons hits include: On the Other Hand, Forever and Ever, Amen, Deeper than the Holler, Heroes and Friends (all sung by Randy Travis), He Thinks Hell Keep Her, I Feel Lucky, I Take My Chances (Mary Chapin Carpenter), When You Say Nothing at All (Keith Whitley and Alison Krauss), Learning to Live Again (Garth Brooks), Houston Solution (Ronnie Milsap), Rockin with the Rhythm of the Rain, Turn Me Loose, I Know Where Im Going (The Judds), One Promise Too Late (Reba McEntire), Forty Hour Week (Alabama), Strong Enough to Bend, I Wont Take Less…