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Eric Church

Eric Church

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.
  • Further Reading: Top 10 Eric Church Songs, Best Eric Church Lyrics
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The Showdown: Eric Church vs. Trisha Yearwood

Eric Church's fans turned out in droves to help him secure a Showdown win over Dan + Shay's latest single. Now the singer-songwriter will go head-to-head with one of country's greatest vocalists, Trisha Yearwood.

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Eric Church vs. Dan + Shay – The Showdown

Eric Church's fans are not a quiet bunch. That's what fans of Florida Georgia Line learned over the weekend. The "Like a Wrecking Ball" singer's followers torched FGL's new song "Sippin' on Fire," setting up a third straight Showdown matchup for the new father. Today and Tuesday they'll face another country duo.

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5 Most Awesome Baby Names in Country Music

In recent years, stars like Eric Church, Joe Nichols, Hillary Scott and Keith Urban have reached outside the box when choosing names for their offspring. This 5 Best Baby Names in Country Music list rewards creativity.

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The Showdown: Eric Church vs. Florida Georgia Line

Eric Church's new single "Like a Wrecking Ball" is living up to its name in the Showdown.

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Eric Church Welcomes Second Son

Eric Church and his wife, Katherine, have welcomed their second child together.

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The Showdown: Eric Church vs. Parmalee

Eric Church has broken Brad Paisley's winning streak. His latest single, "Like a Wrecking Ball," handily defeated Paisley's "Crushin' It" in the Showdown, and now faces a challenge from Parmalee.

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Brad Paisley vs. Eric Church – The Showdown

Brad Paisley's new song "Crushin' It" squeaked by the latest from Maddie & Tae over the weekend. "Fly" garnered a healthy total — perhaps even enough for a return Showdown visit — but ultimately fell a few votes short. Paisley's latest from the Moonshine on the Trunk album will move on to face a new challenger today and Tuesday.

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ToC Critic’s Pick: Eric Church, ‘Like a Wrecking Ball’ [Listen]

Eric Church’s "Like a Wrecking Ball" is as close to 50 Shades of Grey as a country song will ever get.

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Keith Urban and Eric Church Light Up the Sky With ‘Raise ‘Em Up’ Lyric Video

Fans are hoping a music video will come from Keith Urban and Eric Church's collaboration "Raise 'Em Up," but for now, this lyric video will have to do. The lyrics to the hit song are shown against a sky full of fireworks.

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Eric Church’s Grammy Performance of ‘Give Me Back My Hometown’ Proves to Be Revolutionary

Eric Church defended hometowns everywhere during his 2015 Grammy performance on Sunday night (Feb. 8). As he sang the subdued 'Give Me Back My Hometown,' images of revolutions flashed on the screen behind the sunglasses-sporting singer.

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