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Eric Church Biography

Eric Church is a country singer-songwriter and guitarist that found success with Drink in My Hand and Raise ‘Em Up hits.

Early Life

Kenneth Eric Church was born in Granite Falls, North Carolina on May 3, 1977. He began singing as a kid, at 13 he was writing songs and teaching himself how to play guitar.

Career Beginnings and Success

After graduating college with a marketing degree he moved to Nashville to pursue a music career. One year later he managed to get a song publishing deal with Sony Tree. He would write songs for others. After meeting producer Jay Joyce he was signed to Capitol Records Nashville. Eric’s first single from his first album Sinners Like MeHow ‘Bout You was a top 20 song. The LP was a commercial success, followed by another one, the 2009 album Carolina. Its singles Love Your Love the Most and Smoke a Little Smoke were both certified gold. After some touring, Church issued the Caldwell County EP in 2011. Chief was his ticket to superstardom, as it debuted at number 1 on the charts. Drink in My Hand became his first number 1 single. The LP won the award for Album of the Year at the CMA Awards in 2012.

More Music

Caught in the Act was issued in 2013, followed by the critically acclaimed The Outsiders. He added two more number 1 singles to his repertoire with Give Me Back My Hometown and Talladega. The 2015 unexpected Mr. Misunderstood was certified gold and had won Eric another CMA Album of the Year award. In late 2016 he released an EP, titled Mr. Misunderstood on the Rocks Live and (Mostly) Unplugged.

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