Artist of the Month


Eric Church

Country singer/songwriter/guitarist Eric Church grew up in Granite Falls, North Carolina, and began singing as a child. At 13, he started writing songs, later teaching himself to play guitar. While attending college at Appalachian State, he formed a band, the Mountain Boys, that played around western North Carolina. After graduating with a degree in marketing, he moved to Nashville, Tennessee, to pursue a career in country music. It took him a year to get a song publishing deal with Sony/ATV Tree, after which he started getting his songs recorded by other artists, an example being Terri Clark’s version of “The World Needs a Drink.” He met producer Jay Joyce, who took an interest in him as a recording artist, and they began making demos. That led to his being signed by Capitol Records Nashville. His debut single, “How ‘Bout You,” was released in early 2006, and it had reached the country Top 20 by the time Capitol released his first album, Sinners Like Me, on July 18, 2006. The album was both a critical and commercial success, and Church followed it up with Carolina in 2009, in which he swung for the contemporary country fences and hit them, scoring two Top Ten singles on the country charts with “Love Your Love the Most” (certified gold), and “Hell on the Heart.” He scored another gold single with “Smoke a Little Smoke” in 2010. He won Top New Solo Vocalist at the Academy of Country Music Awards for that calendar year. After extensive touring, Church released the Caldwell County EP in January of 2011, which reached the number 13 position on the Billboard country chart, as did the single “Homeboy.” Church followed with the album Chief in July.

Chief wound up as Church’s entry into superstardom. Upon its July 2011 release it debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 and the Top Country Albums chart and soon afterward “Drink in My Hand” climbed to the top of the charts, becoming Church’s first number one single. Its popularity was eclipsed in the summer of 2012 by “Springsteen,” a ballad that also reached number one on the country charts but also crossed over to the pop Top 20. Two other singles were pulled from Chief — “Creepin’” and “Like Jesus Does” — and the album won Album of the Year at the 2012 Country Music Academy Awards. Early in 2013, Church released the live set Caught in the Act, which was recorded at the Tivoli Theatre in Chattanooga, Tennessee in October of 2012; the album debuted at five on the Billboard 200. Church spent the rest of 2013 working on his fourth studio album. The first taste of this new album was the heavy rock of “The Outsiders,” a single that turned out to be the album’s title track. Preceded by the second single “Give Me Back My Hometown,” The Outsiders arrived to considerable anticipation and acclaim in February 2014. ~ William Ruhlmann, Rovi

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Eric Church Looking Forward To Fall Tour

Posted On July 29, 2014

(Nashville, TN) -- Eric Church says he's eager to launch his fall tour. The country star admits it's the first time he's been this excited this far in advance over hitting the road.   Eric's excitement about the trek stems in part from his opening acts. The singer says he's "a huge Dwight Yoakam fan,"…

Garth Brooks Returning To “Easiest Gig On The Planet”

Posted On July 29, 2014

(Nashville, TN) -- Garth Brooks says that in resuming his career, he's returning to a rather simple routine. The country superstar explains that he's going back to what he did back in the '90s, which was a pretty nice way to live.   Brooks says he realized his "purpose" in life over the past 14…

Brad Paisley Finally Gets “Crushin’ It” Preview Out

Posted On July 29, 2014

(Undated) -- Brad Paisley has finally accomplished his goal. After several failed attempts Sunday to debut a 27-second preview of his new song "Crushin' It," the country star was finally successfully in unveiling a minute-and-a-half-long clip of the song Monday through People.com.   At one point the People.com preview had been blocked as well, but…

Linda Ronstadt Awarded National Medal Of Arts

Posted On July 28, 2014

(Washington, DC)  --  Linda Ronstadt is among those receiving special recognition for her talents.  The singer made a rare public appearance Monday to accept the National Medal of Arts.  In presenting the award, President Obama praised Linda for her "one-of-a-kind voice and her decades of remarkable music."  Ronstadt was one of several distinguished Americans who…

Lady Antebellum Singer, Brothers Launching Charity Event

Posted On July 28, 2014

(Undated) -- Lady Antebellum's Charles Kelley is joining another trio in an effort to help others. The country star is teaming up with his brothers -- John Kelley and singer-songwriter Josh Kelley -- to launch a new charity event. The "Kelley Brothers & Friends Celebrity Golf Tournament and Concert" will enable fans to team up…