Eric Church

Kenneth Eric Church, known professionally
as Eric Church, is an American country music singer-songwriter. Getting his big break in
Nashville in 2002, Terri Clark signed and produced “The World Needs A Drink” for Church
to get him on the map. He then signed to Capitol Records in 2005, he released a total a four
studio albums for that label. His debut album, 2006’s Sinners Like Me, produced four singles
on the Billboard country charts including the Top 20 hits “How ‘Bout You,” “Two Pink
Lines,” and “Guys Like Me.” His second album, 2009’s Carolina, produced three more singles:
“Smoke a Little Smoke” and his first Top 10 hits, “Love Your Love the Most” and “Hell
on the Heart.” 2011’s Chief, his first No. 1 album, includes the singles “Homeboy,” “Creepin'”,
and “Like Jesus Does”. This album also gave him his first two No.1 hits in “Drink in My
Hand,” and “Springsteen” in January and June 2012. “The Only Way I Know”, which he and
Jason Aldean along with Luke Bryan recorded together on Aldean’s album Night Train, went
on to become his third number one in early 2013. A fourth album, The Outsiders, was released
in February 2014. It became his second No.1 album on the charts early in that same year.
It also includes three new singles in its title track, “Give Me Back My Hometown”, and
“Cold One”, all released in 2013 and 2014 respectively. Early life
Kenneth Eric Church was born and raised in Granite Falls, North Carolina on May 3, 1977.
At 13, he bought a guitar and began writing songs of his own. By his senior year of high
school, he had found a gig at a local bar, which occupied most of his time. He played
many Jimmy Buffett cover songs and a few of his own original songs in some dive bars.
Some of these places were so rough that he got into a few altercations from the stage.
For a few years, the band played often in bars and restaurants throughout North Carolina.
The band “Mountain Boys” consisted of his college roommate, brother, and a fellow guitarist.
Before moving to Nashville, Eric graduated from South Caldwell High School and then Appalachian
State University with a degree in marketing. Upon graduation, Church became engaged. The
future bride’s father attempted to persuade Eric into a corporate career, which he rejected
as an aspiring musician. She broke the engagement and he headed to Nashville with his father’s
financial backing. His father also provided the opportunity to make contacts, and more
importantly, time to focus on developing his songwriting ability .
Music career 2006-2007: Sinners Like Me
Church co-wrote Terri Clark’s 2005 single “The World Needs a Drink”, and the track “Whiskey
Wings” on Dean Miller’s 2005 album Platinum. He started recording with different producers.
Capitol Nashville showed an interest and watched him perform but they were yet to be convinced
enough to offer a recording contract. Autumn House-Tallant told HitQuarters that they didn’t
think the music was interesting enough. The record company’s attitude changed after he
started working with producer Jay Joyce. Doyle states, “Eric scored a meeting with Nashville
heavyweight Arthur Buenahora, a publisher at Sony Music who also signed Taylor Swift
and Miranda Lambert. Church played him “Lightning,” a ballad he wrote after watching the movie
The Green Mile”. The strong sound and direction the two forged together finally convinced
Capitol Nashville that he was ready. His first single, “How ‘Bout You” peaked at No. 14
on Hot Country Songs and led off his debut album Sinners Like Me. In April 2006, he performed
on the Grand Ole Opry for the first time. The album’s other two singles, “Two Pink Lines”
and “Guys Like Me”, both reached the Top 20 as well. The fourth single, the title track,
peaked at No. 51. An additional track from the album, “Lightning”, was made into a music
video despite not being released as a single. Church wrote the song shortly after moving
to Nashville, inspired by the movie The Green Mile. Following the album’s success, Church
toured with Brad Paisley and Rascal Flatts. 2008-2010: Carolina
In 2008, Eric Church released a fifth single, “His Kind of Money” to country radio. It debuted
on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart at No. 55 in early 2008, and reached its peak
of No. 46 in August. Originally slated as the lead single to an upcoming second album,
“His Kind of Money” was instead included as a bonus track on albums sold at Best Buy.
Following this song was “Love Your Love the Most”, which debuted in early 2009 and was
the first single from his second album Carolina, released in stores on March 24, 2009. The
night before the official release, Church and Capitol Records distributed copies of
the album on the campus of Church’s alma mater, Appalachian State University, during a “release
party” concert. As with his debut album, Carolina was produced by Jay Joyce, and is entirely
composed of songs that he co-wrote. “Love Your Love the Most” brought Church to the
top 10 for the very first time, peaking at No. 10 in September 2009. The album’s second
single, “Hell on the Heart”, debuted in October 2009 and would also hit the top 10 in May
2010. The third single from “Carolina” was “Smoke a Little Smoke”.
In June 2010 he moved to Capitol Nashville’s new imprint EMI Records Nashville, becoming
their second artist. On January 14, 2011, he released a four song EP entitled Caldwell
County. 2011-2013: Chief
Church released “Homeboy” to country radio in early 2011. The album Chief was released
July 26, 2011, debuting at No. 1 on both Top Country Albums and the Billboard 200.
The album sold 145,000 copies in its first week. On November 30, 2011, Chief was announced
as a nominee for the 2012 Grammy Awards for Best Country Album. In January 2012 “Drink
in My Hand” became his first No. 1 single. In February 2012, “Springsteen” was released
as the third single from Chief. In an interview with American Songwriter, Church stated that
the song was about “a love affair that takes place in an amphitheater between two people.
It didn’t happen with Springsteen, ironically, it happened with another artist.” The song
went on to become a Number One country hit, as well as his first Top 20 single on the
Billboard Hot 100. The album’s fourth single, “Creepin'”, was released to country radio
on July 16, 2012. Church lent his vocals for a song titled, “The Only Way I Know”, with
Jason Aldean along Luke Bryan. This song appears on Aldean’s album Night Train, from which
it was released as the second single. The fifth single from Chief, “Like Jesus Does,”
was released in January 2013 and peaked at number six on Country Airplay chart in June
2013. In September 2012, Church announced that he
planned to release his first live album in 2013, containing recordings of performances
at the Tivoli Theatre in Chattanooga, Tennessee, on October 8 and 9, 2012. On February 8, the
live album’s title was announced as Caught in the Act, with a release date set for April
9. Church has stated he plans to take some time off from music in 2013 to focus on his
songwriting and musical direction. At the 2012 CMA Awards in November, Church’s album
Chief won Album of The Year. In November it was announced that Church would co-headline
Kenny Chesney’s No Shoes Nation Tour alongside Chesney, Zac Brown Band, and Eli Young Band.
In December, Eric was honored as one of the CMT Artists of the Year Awards; his award
was presented by Kid Rock and he received a video message of congratulations from Metallica’s
James Hetfield. 2013-present: The Outsiders
On October 22, 2013, Church released a new single titled “The Outsiders”. His fourth
studio album, also titled The Outsiders, was released on February 11, 2014. It was followed
in January 2014 by “Give Me Back My Hometown”. This single reached number one on the Country
Airplay chart, becoming his fourth overall. The third single, “Cold One”, was released
in June 2014. Personal life
On January 8, 2008, Church married music publisher Katherine Blasingame in Blowing Rock, North
Carolina. On October 3, 2011, they welcomed their son Boone McCoy Church. Their home,
located in Nashville, was featured in an episode of CMT’s Cribs.
Church wears his signature aviator sunglasses as a result of wearing contact lenses. When
his career was getting started, he was forced to deal with the heat from the stage lights
drying out his contacts. As he began performing in larger venues, his aviators and Von Dutch
denim trucker hat became his signature trademark. Eric has become an avid advocate for the use
of marijuana and has even been questioned by his own record label for the song “Smoke
A Little Smoke” at the time urging him not to release the record. The song’s success
however has kept the record label at bay. Musical styles
Eric’s style has been described as country rock, outlaw country, and southern rock. Church’s
influences include Hank Williams Jr., Merle Haggard, Little Feat, The Band, Kris Kristofferson
and Waylon Jennings. Eric has also claimed that many hard rock and heavy metal bands
influenced his music, including Metallica and AC/DC.
Tour Me & My Gang Tour 2006
with Rascal Flatts & Gary Allan Locked and Loaded Tour
with Dierks Bentley & Miranda Lambert Roadside Bars and Pink Guitars
with Miranda Lambert Jägermeister Country Tour 2010 with Josh
Thompson & Sean Patrick McGraw CMT Revolution Tour 2010
with Miranda Lambert & Josh Kelley My Kinda Party Tour 2011
with Jason Aldean & The JaneDear Girls Locked & Loaded Tour 2011
with Toby Keith Orion Music + More Festival 2012
with Metallica and Avenged Sevenfold Blood, Sweat and Beers Tour 2012-2013
with Brantley Gilbert, Drake White, Blackberry Smoke and Sonia Leigh
with Justin Moore and Kip Moore with Colt Ford No Shoes Nation Tour 2013
with Kenny Chesney, Zac Brown Band, Eli Young Band and Kacey Musgraves The Outsiders World Tour 2014
with Dwight Yoakam, Brothers Osborne, Halestorm Discography Albums
2006: Sinners Like Me 2009: Carolina
2011: Chief 2013: Caught in the Act
2014: The Outsiders Awards and nominations
References External links
Official website Eric Church on Myspace

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