Ronald W. Simpson

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Ronald W. Simpson completed a bachelor's degree in Music at Brigham Young University in August 1983. He later returned to BYU as the General Manager of Tantara Records, a division of the School of Music.

Simpson came to BYU after two decades in the music industry, first as a musician and songwriter, and later as a studio owner, label head, music publisher, composer, arranger, and producer. He has written for records, films, commercials, and musical theater. He received the Creative Works Award from BYU in 1999, and a Certificate of Recognition from the College of Fine Arts and Communications in 2001, both for his work as General Manager of Tantara Records. In 2006, he received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Faith-Centered Music Association (FCMA) at the annual Pearl Awards.

At BYU he taught songwriting and media composition and administered academic programs in media music and sound recording. He produced music for BYU's touring shows The Living Legends and The Young Ambassadors.

Simpson received music industry honors in 1992, 1993, and 2001 as publisher of the hit song, "Norma Jean Riley," which was recorded by the group Diamond Rio on Arista Records.

After 27 years of invaluable service to BYU, Simpson announced in May 2011 that he would retire shortly before Fall of that year.

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