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Country singer/songwriter/guitarist Eric Church grew up in Granite Falls, North Carolina, and began singing as a child. At 13, he started writing songs, later teaching himself to play guitar. While attending college at Appalachian State, he formed a band, the Mountain Boys, that played around western North Carolina. After graduating with a degree in marketing, he moved to Nashville, Tennessee to pursue a career in country music. It took him a year to get a song publishing deal with Sony/ATV, after which he started having his songs recorded by other artists, an example being Terri Clark's version of "The World Needs a Drink." He met producer Jay Joyce, who took an interest in him as a recording artist, and they began making demos. That led to his being signed by Capitol Records Nashville. Church's debut single, "How 'Bout You," was released in early 2006, and it had reached the country Top 20 by the time Capitol released his first album, Sinners Like Me, in July 2006. The album was both a critical and commercial success, and Church followed it up with Carolina in 2009, which swung for the contemporary country fences and hit them, scoring two Top Ten singles on the country charts with "Love Your Love the Most" (certified gold) and "Hell on the Heart." In 2010, he scored another gold single with "Smoke a Little Smoke" in 2010. He won Top New Solo Vocalist at the Academy of Country Music Awards for that calendar year. After extensive touring, Church released the Caldwell County EP in January of 2011, which reached the number 13 position on the Billboard country chart, as did the single "Homeboy." Church followed with the album Chief in July. Chief wound up being Church's entry into superstardom. Upon its July 2011 release, it debuted at number one on both the Billboard 200 and the Top Country Albums chart. Soon afterward, "Drink in My Hand" climbed to the top of the country charts, becoming Church's first number one single. Its popularity was eclipsed in the summer of 2012 by "Springsteen," a ballad that also reached number one on the country charts but additionally crossed over to the pop Top 20. Two other singles were pulled from Chief -- "Creepin'" and "Like Jesus Does" -- and the album won Album of the Year at the 2012 Country Music Academy Awards. Early in 2013, Church released the live set Caught in the Act, which was recorded at the Tivoli Theatre in Chattanooga, Tennessee in October 2012; the album debuted at number five on the Billboard 200. Church spent the rest of 2013 working on his fourth studio album. The first taste of this work was the heavy rock of "The Outsiders," a single that turned out to be the album's title track. Preceded by the second single, "Give Me Back My Hometown" (which followed the title track into the country Top Ten), The Outsiders arrived after considerable anticipation and acclaim in February 2014. It became his second album to hit number one on both the country and overall charts. The Outsiders racked up five hit singles -- the biggest were the ballads "Give Me Back My Hometown" and "Talladega," both of which reached number one on Billboard's U.S. Country Airplay charts -- and while "Like a Wrecking Ball" remained on the charts, Church released a brand-new full-length album, Mr. Misunderstood, as a surprise in the first week of November 2015. Mr. Misunderstood debuted at two on Billboard's Top 200 and Country Charts, eventually earning a Gold certification and winning CMA's Album of the Year in 2016, along with spawning three hit singles: "Mr. Misunderstood," "Record Year," and "Kill a Word," which featured Rhiannon Giddens on its single version. In November 2016, Church released the EP Mr. Misunderstood on the Rocks Live and (Mostly) Unplugged. A fourth single off Mr. Misunderstood, "Round Here Buzz," appeared in 2017 and reached the Top 20 of Billboard's Country Songs chart. ~ William Ruhlmann
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Stations Featuring
Eric Church

    Outlaw Country

    Outlaw Country
    15 songs

    Top Country

    Top Country
    7 songs

    Country Party

    Country Party
    5 songs

    Country Love

    Country Love
    2 songs

    '00s Country

    4 songs

Albums by
Eric Church

Top Songs by
Eric Church

  1.   Song
    Popularity
  2.   Drink in My Hand
  3.   Springsteen
  4.   Talladega
  5.   Smoke a Little Smoke
  6.   Creepin'
  7.   Homeboy
  8.   Give Me Back My Hometown
  9.   Record Year
  10.   Like a Wrecking Ball
  11.   Love Your Love the Most
  12.   Hell On The Heart
  13.   Guys Like Me
  14.   Like Jesus Does
  15.   Round Here Buzz
  16.   Kill a Word
  17.   Cold One
  18.   How 'Bout You
  19.   Mr. Misunderstood
  20.   Jack Daniels
  21.   Sinners Like Me
  22.   I'm Gettin' Stoned
  23.   These Boots
  24.   The Outsiders
  25.   Hungover & Hard Up
  26.   Country Music Jesus
  27.   Carolina
  28.   Pledge Allegiance to the Hag
  29.   Keep On
  30.   Over When It's Over
  31.   Lotta Boot Left to Fill
  32.   Mistress Named Music
  33.   A Man Who Was Gonna Die Young
  34.   That's Damn Rock & Roll
  35.   Those I've Loved
  36.   Ain't Killed Me Yet
  37.   Before She Does
  38.   Hallelujah
  39.   The Hard Way
  40.   Mixed Drinks About Feelings
  41.   Livin' Part of Life
  42.   Dark Side
  43.   Three Year Old
  44.   Two Pink Lines
  45.   Smoke a Little Smoke/Sweet Leaf
  46.   You Make It Look So Easy
  47.   Holdin' My Own
  48.   Springsteen/Born to Run
  49.   Leave My Willie Alone
  50.   Knives of New Orleans
  51.   Mixed Drinks About Feelings
  52.   The Ballad of Curtis Loew
  53.   The Joint
  54.   Roller Coaster Ride
  55.   The World Needs a Drink
  56.   Lightning
  57.   Broke Record
  58.   Devil, Devil (Prelude: Princess of Darkness)
  59.   Without You Here
  60.   The Weight
  61.   Young and Wild
  62.   Tennessee Jed
  63.   Chattanooga Lucy
  64.   Oh Atlanta
  65.   Lonesome, On'ry and Mean
  66.   What I Almost Was
  67.   Jolene
  68.   The Shape I'm In
  69.   Screw You, We're From Texas
  70.   Faster Than My Angels Can Fly
  71.   Can't Take It with You
  72.   Longer Gone
  73.   Where She Told Me to Go
  74.   Sundown
  75.   Eyes on the Prize
  76.   Ain't Wastin' Time No More
  77.   His Kind of Money (My Kind of Love)
  78.   Chevy Van
  79.   My Heart's Got a Memory
  80.   Better Man
  81.   My Town
  82.   Get Up Jake
  83.   Portland, Oregon
  84.   It Makes No Difference
  85.   Alberta
  86.   The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down
  87.   Don't Do It
  88.   Ramblin' Gamblin' Man
  89.   Ophelia
  90.   Memphis Medley (How I Got To Memphis/Walking In Memphis)
  91.   Win, Lose or Draw
  92.   Up On Cripple Creek