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.
Eric Church is going to be the next current hit-maker to be featured in the Country Music Hall of Fame. Eric Church: Inside the Outsider will open Sept. 18 and explore the “Like a Wrecking Ball” singer’s path to Nashville and country stardom.
The ever-unpredictable Eric Church surprised fans in Orange Beach, Ala. on June 12 with a special acoustic set prior to his usual show on the Outsiders World Tour, turning the night into a marathon 28-song performance for the crowd.
In perhaps the sexiest performance of the night, Eric Church brought his bluesy guitar skills and trademark air of mystery behind his aviator sunglasses to the 2015 CMT Music Awards stage, performing his seductive ballad "Like a Wrecking Ball."
Eric Church picked just the right name combination for his son, Tennessee Hawkins Church, who was born Feb. 15, 2015. Church and his wife call him Hawk for short, which we have to admit is pretty cool.
Keith Urban and Eric Church's collaboration video for "Raise 'Em Up" is a beautiful visual, and now the two singers are taking us behind the scenes of the filming. The new clip shows what went into the making of the music video.
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