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Jeffrey Steele releases three CDs, writes with Miley Cyrus

Thursday, November 6, 2008 – Jeffrey Steele, one of Nashville's most successful producer/songwriters and a judge on Nashville Star, will release three CDs this month via Best Buy. And he also has been busy by writing I Thought I Lost You with Miley Cyrus, the key track that Cyrus and back up vocalist John Travolta sing in the upcoming animated Disney/Pixar feature "Bolt."

Steele, who has written hits for Gretchen Wilson, Trace Adkins, Rascal Flats, Van Zant, Montgomery Gentry, Craig Morgan and others, has just inked a deal with Best Buy to release three albums on Nov. l8: "Countrypolitan," "Hell On Wheels" and "Greatest Hits Vol II." The albums will also be available on Amazon, iTunes and other retail outlets.

Steele will play in Los Angeles on Nov. 18 at the Viper Room.

The Steele and Cyrus families have been close for several years. Miley recorded Steele's Simple Song on her current hit album, and dad Billy Ray recorded Flyin' By on his. Miley surprised Steele last year when she joined him on stage for a live version of Simple Song during a benefit for Steele's late son. When she was given the opportunity to write and record the lead track for "Bolt" with just about anyone in Hollywood, she chose Steele.

When a key exec at Best Buy caught a Nashville Star episode where Steele performed his own songs, she offered to release his albums in Best Buy. The albums are also available on ITunes, Amazon and brick and mortar stores through Super D.

Steele has penned seven number one songs and eight number two songs and produced albums for Keith Anderson, Montgomery Gentry and others. He recently filed a PBS special about the nation's top songwriters with Kris Kristofferson.

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