Donald Ralph "Skip" Ewing (born March 6, 1964) is an American country music singer and songwriter. Active since 1988, Ewing has recorded nine studio albums and has charted 15 singles on the Billboard country charts.

Skip Ewing
Birth nameDonald Ralph Ewing
Born (1964-03-06) March 6, 1964 (age 60)
OriginRedlands, California, United States
Instrument(s)Vocals, guitar, banjo, piano
Years active1988–present



Ewing was born in Redlands, California, United States. He first began to gain national attention during the mid-1980s, both as a songwriter and recording artist for MCA and Capitol Records. His 1988 debut, The Coast of Colorado, produced the number 3 hit "Burnin' a Hole in My Heart" and four other top 20 country hits. The Will to Love included the top 5 hit "It's You Again". Although none of Ewing's subsequent chart entries made the Top 40, he released eight more albums from 1990 to 2009.[1]

Ewing is a notable attendee of Columbine High School in Jefferson County, Colorado, and Redlands High School in Redlands, California.

In 1990, Ewing wrote two songs for Kenny Rogers' album Love Is Strange: "Listen to the Rain" and "If I Were a Painting".

In 2008, he served as the duet partner of the radio version of Reba McEntire's single, "Every Other Weekend". He also co-wrote the single; the song reached the Top 20 on the Billboard Country Chart. Although the song was credited for one week to Ewing and Kenny Chesney as ""Every Other Weekend" by Reba McEntire and Skip Ewing or Kenny Chesney", the song was thereafter credited to McEntire alone on the chart.



Additionally, Ewing has received a CMA Song of the Year nomination, a Grammy nomination, a Tony nomination and multiple BMI "Million Air" awards.

Horse and Writer


Horse and Writer is an annual songwriting retreat Skip Ewing organizes every year with members of the Nashville songwriting community. The retreat lasts six days, and takes place at the Triangle C Ranch in Dubois, Wyoming. The mission is to help aspiring songwriters realize their potential, as they are mentored by experienced pros like Ewing, who describes the event as "a labor of love."



Studio albums

Title Album details Peak
US Country
The Coast of Colorado 29
The Will to Love
  • Release date: September 19, 1989
  • Label: MCA Records
A Healin' Fire
  • Release date: July 24, 1990
  • Label: MCA Records
Following Yonder Star
  • Release date: October 2, 1990
  • Label: MCA Records
Homegrown Love
Until I Found You
Indian Elephant Tea
(The Big Kidz Band featuring Skip Ewing)
  • Release date: July 31, 2001
  • Label: Write! Records
  • Release date: August 21, 2020
  • Label: Write! Records
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Compilation albums

Title Album details
Greatest Hits
  • Release date: August 13, 1991
  • Label: MCA Records
Hits Volume One
  • Release date: December 10, 2009
  • Label: Write! Records


Year Single Peak positions Album
US Country
CAN Country
1988 "Your Memory Wins Again" 17 The Coast of Colorado
"I Don't Have Far to Fall" 8
"Burnin' a Hole in My Heart" 3 5
1989 "The Gospel According to Luke" 10 11
"The Coast of Colorado" 15 24
"It's You Again" 5 9 The Will to Love
1990 "If a Man Could Live on Love Alone" 70
"I'm Your Man" 69 77 A Healin' Fire
"The Dotted Line" 80
1991 "I Get the Picture" 73 Naturally
1992 "Naturally" 71 84
1993 "Losing You Is New to Me" 78 Homegrown Love
"Grandma's Garden" 84
1995 "Christmas Carol"[a] 68 Following Yonder Star
1997 "Mary Go 'Round" 58 Until I Found You
"Answer to My Prayer" 66
2023 "Knots"[3] TBA
"—" denotes releases that did not chart
Year Single Peak positions Album
US Country
US Bubbling
2008 "Every Other Weekend"
(Reba McEntire with Skip Ewing)[b]
15 4 Reba: Duets

Music videos

Year Video Director
1988 "Your Memory Wins Again" Jim May
"I Don't Have Far to Fall"
1990 "If a Man Could Live on Love Alone" John Lloyd Miller
1993 "Losing You is New to Me"
1997 "Mary Go 'Round"
"Answer to My Prayer"[4] Chuck Shanlever

Awards and nominations


As a recording artist

Year Organization Award Nominee/Work Result
1989 Academy of Country Music Awards Top New Male Vocalist Skip Ewing Nominated
1990 American Music Awards Favorite Country New Artist Nominated
TNN/Music City News Awards Star of Tomorrow Nominated


  1. ^ "Christmas Carol" also peaked on Hot Country Songs at number 60 in 1998 and number 44 in 2000.[2]
  2. ^ The radio edit of "Every Other Weekend" featured Skip Ewing as a duet partner, while the version on McEntire's Reba: Duets album features Kenny Chesney. The song was only credited to Ewing for one week, at which point it had reached No. 57 on Hot Country Songs.


  1. ^ Huey, Steve. "Skip Ewing biography". Allmusic. Retrieved February 11, 2013.
  2. ^ a b c d Whitburn, Joel (2008). Hot Country Songs 1944 to 2008. Record Research, Inc. ISBN 978-0-89820-177-2.
  3. ^ "Skip Ewing Releases "Knots", Friday, June 16". June 19, 2023.
  4. ^ "CMT : Videos : Skip Ewing : Answer To My Prayer". Country Music Television. Retrieved October 14, 2011.