Eric Church

Biography

Eric Church was born in the small town of Granite Falls, North Carolina in 1997. He bought his first guitar in middle school, and honed his skills by teaching himself to play everything in his parents' music collection from Motown to bluegrass. By high school he began playing regularly at a local bar, and continued to nab the occasional barroom gig while pursuing his marketing degree at Appalachian State University.

Later on in his career at Appalachian State University, Church decided to form a more serious band with some friends of his. Their group, the Mountain Boys, became a popular regional party band, playing nightly at bars and fraternity socials across the South. Church wanted to drop out of college to pursue his musical dreams, but his father cut him a deal: he promised to pay for Eric's first six months in Nashville if Eric finished college. Two years later with diploma in hand, Church headed to Nashville, Tennessee to make a name for himself in the world of country music.

Using the first six months to get acquainted with the city, Church learned the ropes and made contacts in various record companies, eventually landing a job as a songwriter for Sony Tree Music Publishing. A hard-working small town boy, Church amazed executives by churning out hundreds of songs during his short tenure at the company. In early 2006, Church's hard work finally paid off. He signed a deal with prolific record label Capitol, and released his first album Sinners Like Me in late 2006.

An under-the-radar success, Sinners Like Me produced three top 20 hits on the Billboard Hot Country Songs index and sold over 300,000 copies. Singles "How 'Bout You", "Two Pink Lines", "Guys Like Me", and title track "Sinners Like Me" introduced listeners to Eric's smooth vocals and bouncing country-rock sensibilities. As of early 2008, Church is getting ready to release his second album Carolina later in the year, again on Capitol records.

From Lastfm:

Eric Church is a country music singer and songwriter who released his third studio album, Chief on July 26, 2011, debuting at #1 on both Top Country Albums and the Billboard 200. The Homeboy Songfacts explains that the album's title refers to a nickname of not only the singer's grandfather, but also Church's own pet name among friends and family. Eric grew up in Granite Falls, N.C., in an area known as one of the world's furniture capitals.

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Kenneth Eric Church (born May 3, 1977) is an American country music singer-songwriter. Signed to Capitol Records in 2006, his debut album Sinners Like Me produced four singles on the Billboard country chart, 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 #1 album, includes the singles "Homeboy" and "Drink in My Hand", which became his first #1 single in January 2012.

Eric Church was born and raised in Granite Falls, North Carolina. At thirteen, 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 unpleasant places. 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 (Mark Snow), brother, and a fellow guitarist.

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