After high school and college in the mountains of North Carolina, Eric Church turned to Nashville with a blessing (and some financial support) from his father. It would be a long, slow grind for the future superstar. During his first five years with Capitol Nashville, Church never cracked the Top 10 and was all but banished from major tours after getting kicked off Rascal Flatts’ show for playing too long. Radio began paying attention in 2009 when ‘Love Your Love the Most’ was released. Church’s swelling grassroots fanbase began to multiply. The ‘Chief’ album was released in 2011, its success justifying all of his struggles — ‘Springsteen’ would become the biggest song of 2012.
Birthday: May 3, 1977
Top Songs: 'Springsteen,’ ‘Drink in My Hand’
Fun Fact: Church isn’t trying to intimidate with the dark Ray-Ban sunglasses. The stage lights dry out his eyes if he’s not wearing them.
We made a small change to this week's Unforgettable Country Moments video to honor the spirit of Eric Church. Instead of focusing on the highs of his life and career, we focused on six moments that made everyone step back and go "Whoa!"
Eric Church has built one of the biggest touring careers of any artist in country music on the strength of his songs and his renegade appeal. Fans who catch him and his band at WE Fest 2016 will get to see the rockin' country star at the very peak of his live abilities.
It's CMA Music Fest in Nashville this week and with some of country's biggest stars all in one place, you never know who might just show up for a little jam session in the very earliest hours of the morning on Lower Broadway.
Eric Church paid tribute to Merle Haggard during separate shows on Saturday and Sunday. The "Record Year" singer bypassed his own songs for a stirring three-song medley at the Grand Ole Opry before heading west for a popular country music fest.
Eric Church brought a dose of rebel cool to the stage of the 2016 ACM Awards. The "Record Year" singer took a break mid-performance for a multi-song mix tribute to recently deceased rockers like David Bowie and Glenn Frey.
Eric Church has been announced as another early winner in the 2016 ACM Awards. The country superstar has won Video of the Year for his imaginative clip for "Mr. Misunderstood," the title song from his most recent album.
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