Following an award-winning collegiate and NFL career as a linebacker, Mike Reid decided he would rather play music than football for a living. He retired from the Cincinnati Bengals in 1974 and, in 1980, moved to Nashville to pursue songwriting.
Since 1983 when Mike Reid scored his first number one country hit with "Inside" by Ronnie Milsap, he has composed more than thirty top-ten country and pop hits. Twenty-one of those records have gone all the way to number one on the charts.
He has been the recipient of ASCAP's "Songwriter of the Year" award, and Milsap’s "Stranger In My House” earned a Grammy award. He was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2005.
Reid has had his songs recorded by Bonnie Raitt, Bette Midler, Prince, George Michael, Kenny Chesney, Etta James, Kenny Rogers, Anne Murray, Wynonna Judd, Alabama, Joe Cocker, Tanya Tucker, Willie Nelson, Collin Raye, Leon Russell, Tim McGraw, and Adele. Among the songs that Mike has composed are "I Can't Make You Love Me" (Raitt, Michael, Adele, and Prince), "My Strongest Weakness” (Judd), "In This Life" (Raye and Midler), "Forever's As Far As I'll Go" (Alabama) and "Everywhere" (McGraw).