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Gary Allan possesses one of the most distinctive male voices in country music, and he has used it to record some of the most varied hits of any male artist of his generation. The California native grew up in a musical family, and he started his career playing honky tonks with his father when he was 13. He released his first album, ‘Used Heart for Sale,’ in 1996, but it was really his third album, 1999’s ‘Smoke Rings in the Dark,’ that was his commercial breakthrough, going Platinum. Allan was struck by tragedy when his third wife, Angela, committed suicide in 2004, and subsequent albums dealt with Allan’s inner pain, particularly 2005’s ‘Tough All Over,’ which produced a hit in “Life Ain’t Always Beautiful.” He has scored a string of No. 1 hits that include “Man to Man,” “Tough Little Boys,” “Nothing on But the Radio” and “Every Storm (Runs Out of Rain),” and he turned in a slightly different musical direction for “Hangover Tonight” in 2015. The song is the lead single from a new album Allan has been working on, whose release date is yet unknown.

  • Real Name: Gary Allan Herzberg
  • Birth Date: Dec. 5, 1967
  • Top Songs: "Tough Little Boys," "Life Ain't Always Beautiful," "Watching Airplanes"
  • Did You Know? Allan sold cars before he signed his first record deal.
  • Further Reading: Top 10 Gary Allan Songs
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Gary Allan Learned Everything the ‘Hard Way’ for His Next Album

Though Gary Allan admits to being the type of person who is a sucker for sad, heart-wrenching country songs, he says his next album will have a feel-good vibe.

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Gary Allan, ‘Mess Me Up’ [Listen]

Nobody else in country music does pain as well as Gary Allan, which he proves once again with his new single, "Mess Me Up."

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Gary Allan Teases New Single, ‘Mess Me Up’

A new Gary Allan single called "Mess Me Up" is headed to country radio in May.

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Gary Allan Reveals His Biggest Struggle When Cutting a New Album

Gary Allan has been hard at work on a new album, but it hasn't been a cakewalk. During a stop at the Taste of Country Nights studio, Allan revealed the "hardest thing" about recording a collection of music.

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For Gary Allan, It’s Always a Fine Line Between Art and Commerce

Hit songs build confidence, but radio misfires make a star like Gary Allan nervous to try something new. The singer admits he works within a narrow lane, trying at once to please his demanding fan base while also staying true to where he’s at artistically and offering a sound that’s commercially viable. It hasn’t always gone great.

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Gary Allan Surprises Biggest Fan at 300th Show [Watch]

Gary Allan gave one of his biggest fans a memory to last a lifetime backstage at a concert in Kansas on Friday night (Aug. 26).

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Gary Allan’s Rockin’ WE Fest Set Displays His Collection of Singles

Gary Allan let his inner rockstar show during Saturday's (Aug. 6) WE Fest 2016 set. He waltzed onto the stage wearing a leather jacket, black T-shirt and ripped jeans to deliver a pretty rockin' performance.

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It may seem like it's always glitz and glam for country music's biggest stars, but they didn't all come by their storytelling ability naturally. Sadly, many singers have encountered great tragedies in their lives, or have overcome sharp odds to get where they are today.

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WE Fest 2016 Lineup: Gary Allan

Gary Allan is one of the coolest performers in country music, as fans who see him live in person at WE Fest 2016 will learn first-hand.

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Gary Allan Fan Club Raises $25,000 for St. Jude in Honor of Late President

Gary Allan recently performed a show for 1,000 members of his fan club at Nashville’s Rocketown, and during the performance, honored the late president of the fan club.

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