Billy Dean is an American country singer and guitarist who came to prominence in the 1990s. As a child he performed with his father's band Country Rocks. He performed on the Gulf Coast of Florida in his early days and was the winner of Ed McMahon's 'Star Search' in 1988. He made his debut with 'Young Man' in 1990, an album featuring his strong baritone voice on mainly country ballads. He had hits with the gospel-influenced 'Only Here for a Little While' and 'Somewhere in My Broken Heart'. During this period he also worked on commercials and appeared in TV soap operas and the series 'Elvis'. His next album was 'Billy Dean' in 1991, which resulted in further hit singles 'You Don't Count the Cost', 'Billy the Kid' and 'Only the Wind'. This was followed by 'Fire in the Dark' in 1993, featuring the single 'Tryin' to Hide a Fire in the Dark'. A greatest hits packaged followed. Chart success was more elusive in his later career as he continued to release albums such as 'It's What I Do' (1996), 'Real Man' (1998), 'Let Them Be Little' (2005), featuring the single of the same name, a song about children co-written with Lonestar vocalist Richie McDonald. He released 'A Man of Good Fortune' in 2012.