Sherman Halsey
Born February 22, 1957 (1957-02-22) (age 61)
Independence, Kansas, U.S.
Occupation Director
Artist Manager
Years active 1970–present
Parents Jim Halsey, Father

Sherman Halsey (born February 22, 1957) is an American music video and television director, producer, and artist manager. Sherman Halsey has Produced and Directed hundreds of television shows and Music Videos for Artist such as Tim McGraw, Brooks and Dunn, Alan Jackson, BB King, Michael Bolton, Dwight Yoakam, and many more. As of 2010 Sherman Halsey has Produced and Directed three Primetime NBC Network Specials and almost 30 Music Videos for Tim McGraw. The Halsey Directed and Produced NBC Special “ Tim McGraw Reflected” was the highest rated Network Special on any network the year it was released.

Sherman Halsey has been the recipient of numerous awards including multiple ACM Awards for Best Video, New York Film and Television Festival's Gold Medal Award, Gold Telly Awards, CMT Flame worthy and MTV Awards for Best Music Videos.

Early Life

Sherman Halsey began his career in the Country Music Business at the age of 13, putting up posters and show bills for his father Jim Halsey's Management and Concert promotion company in the family’s home town of Independence, Kansas. This would be the start of a father and son collaboration that continues in business today as an important part of the Country Music Industry. While studying film at the University of Kansas, Sherman promoted concerts with artists from the Jim Halsey Company's roster such as The Oak Ridge Boys, Freddy Fender, Hank Thompson, Don Williams and many others. While at the University, Sherman worked for Dick Clark Productions in Beverly Hills one summer on the NBC Special “The Wild, Sensational, and Shocking 70’s”. As a result of this experience with Dick Clark, Sherman built relationships with several veteran, network Directors who taught him the art of Directing and Producing.


After College, Sherman split his time between the Agency, Management and Record Company division headquartered in Tulsa, and their Beverly Hills office where Sherman and Dick Howard developed the television production arm of the Jim Halsey Company. As Vice Chairman of the Jim Halsey Company, the largest Agency in Country Music in the world at that time, Sherman was involved in all aspects of the Artist’s career. The Jim Halsey Company represented 47 of Country Music’s top stars, Roy Clark, The Oak Ridge Boys, The Judds, Waylon Jennings, Reba McEntire, Merle Haggard, Roy Orbison and many others. Sherman was Vice Chairman of the Jim Halsey Company from 1980 -1990 when the Halsey’s sold the Agency division to William Morris. The Halsey’s maintained ownership of the Management and Production divisions of the Company.

During this time, Sherman and his father Jim also headed the Halsey owned MCA/ Churchill Record Company. The Halsey’s Managed and released records on James Brown and Ronnie Dunn, Roy Clark, and Hank Thompson in some of the music industry’s first 360 deals.

Sherman Halsey discovered and managed an unknown Dwight Yoakam. Drawing upon his Directing talent Halsey combined his management and marketing skills to design and implement a plan which would develop Yoakam’s career through the newly emerging video market. As Dwight’s Manager, Sherman Produced and Directed numerous Music Videos for Yoakam including one of the first big budget Music Videos, “Honky Tonk Man”. This was the first Country Music Video to be played on MTV and Dwight’s career exploded into instant stardom.


Television Shows [1]

Season Title Involvement Network
1982-1983 "Country Music USA" Associate Producer HBO Entertainment
1987-1988 "Country Music - A New Tradition" Director
1997-1999 "The Oak Ridge Boys From Las Vegas" Creator
Executive Producer
The Nashville Network (TNN)
2002-2003 "Tim McGraw: Sing Me Home" Director
NBC Entertainment, Primetime Special
2004-2005 "Tim McGraw: Here and Now" Director
NBC Entertainment, Primetime Special
2005-2006 "Tim McGraw: Reflected" Director
NBC Entertainment, Primetime Special

Music Videos

Year Artist Song Title Involvement Awards/Recognition
1982 The Oak Ridge Boys "So Fine" Director
1986 Dwight Yoakam "Honky Tonk Man" Director *First Ever Country Music Video to be played on MTV
*Gold Medal, Best Direction – New York International Film and Television Festival
1986 Dwight Yoakam "Guitars, Cadillacs" Director
1986 Dwight Yoakam "Little Sister" Director
1988 Dwight Yoakam "Always Late With Your Kisses" Director
1988 Los Lobos "La Bamba" Director 1988 MTV Video Music Award for Best Video from a Film
1991 Travis Tritt "Drift Off to Dream" Director
1991 The Mavericks "This Broken Heart Director
1992 Wayne Newton "Letter" Director
1992 Leon Russell "No Man's Land" Director
1992 Leon Russell "Anything Can Happen" Director
1992 McBride & the Ride "Going Out of My Mind" Director
1992 Lorrie Morgan "Watch Me" Director
1993 Lorrie Morgan "I Guess You Had To Be There" Director
1993 Lorrie Morgan "Half Enough" Director
1993 Patty Loveless "Blame It on Your Heart" Director
1993 Brooks & Dunn "Hard Workin' Man" Director
1994 Tim McGraw "Indian Outlaw" Director
1994 Tim McGraw "Don't Take the Girl" Director #3 on Country Music Television's Top Ten Videos of the Decade, 1990-2000
1994 Tim McGraw "Not a Moment Too Soon" Director
1994 Tim McGraw "Down on the Farm" Director
1995 Brooks & Dunn "Little Miss Honky Tonk" Director
1995 Tim McGraw "Refried Dreams" Director
1995 Tim McGraw "I Like It, I Love It" Director
1995 Alan Jackson "Tall, Tall Trees" Director
1995 Tim McGraw "Can't Be Really Gone" Director
1996 Tim McGraw "All I Want Is a Life" Director
1996 Tim McGraw "Maybe We Should Just Sleep on It" Director
1997 Tim McGraw & Faith Hill "It's Your Love" Director
*Winner - 1997 Video of the Year, Academy of Country Music
*#1 on Country Music Television's Top Ten Videos of the Decade, 1990-2000
1997 Brooks & Dunn ft. Dale Earnhardt "Honky Tonk Truth" Director
1997 Tim McGraw "Everywhere" Director
1998 Tim McGraw "One of These Days" Director
2001 Tim McGraw "Angel Boy" Director
2002 Tim McGraw "The Cowboy in Me" Director
2002 Tim McGraw "That's Why God Made Mexico" Director
2003 Tim McGraw "She's My Kind of Rain" Director
2003 Tim McGraw "Real Good Man" Director
2004 Nelly "Over and Over" Director
2005 Tim McGraw "Live Like You Were Dying" Director Nominated - 2005 Video of the Year, Academy of Country Music[2]
2005 Tim McGraw "Drugs or Jesus" Director
2006 Tim McGraw "When the Stars Go Blue" Director
2008 Def Leppard ft. Tim McGraw "Nine Lives" [3] Director
2009 Tim McGraw "Southern Voice" Director
2010 Taylor Swift "Fearless" Executive Producer of Special Effects
2010 Tim McGraw "Still" Director

Personal Life

Sherman Halsey is the son of artist manager, agent, and impresario Jim Halsey.


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