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Eric Church

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 Tree, after which he started getting 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, on July 18, 2006. The album was both a critical and commercial success, and Church followed it up with Carolina in 2009, in which he 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 to 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. --~ William Ruhlmann
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Stations Featuring
Eric Church

    Outlaw Country

    Outlaw Country
    13 songs

    Top Country

    Top Country
    7 songs

    Country Party

    Country Party
    3 songs

    New Country First

    New Country First
    1 song

    '00s Country

    4 songs

    Country Love

    1 song

Albums by
Eric Church

Top Songs by
Eric Church

  1.   Song
  2.   Drink in My Hand
  3.   Springsteen
  4.   Talladega
  5.   Homeboy
  6.   Smoke a Little Smoke
  7.   Creepin'
  8.   Give Me Back My Hometown
  9.   Love Your Love the Most
  10.   Hell On The Heart
  11.   Like a Wrecking Ball
  12.   Like Jesus Does
  13.   Record Year
  14.   Guys Like Me
  15.   Cold One
  16.   Mr. Misunderstood
  17.   How 'Bout You
  18.   Jack Daniels
  19.   Sinners Like Me
  20.   I'm Gettin' Stoned
  21.   These Boots
  22.   The Outsiders
  23.   Keep On
  24.   Country Music Jesus
  25.   Pledge Allegiance to the Hag
  26.   Over When It's Over
  27.   Lotta Boot Left to Fill
  28.   Hungover & Hard Up
  29.   That's Damn Rock & Roll
  30.   Carolina
  31.   A Man Who Was Gonna Die Young
  32.   Those I've Loved
  33.   Ain't Killed Me Yet
  34.   Before She Does
  35.   Roller Coaster Ride
  36.   Mixed Drinks About Feelings
  37.   Three Year Old
  38.   Lightning
  39.   Round Here Buzz
  40.   The Ballad of Curtis Loew
  41.   Springsteen/Born to Run
  42.   Dark Side
  43.   Leave My Willie Alone
  44.   The Hard Way
  45.   Livin' Part of Life
  46.   Mistress Named Music
  47.   Two Pink Lines
  48.   Kill a Word
  49.   Young and Wild
  50.   The Joint
  51.   Knives of New Orleans
  52.   You Make It Look So Easy
  53.   Broke Record
  54.   Holdin' My Own
  55.   Chattanooga Lucy
  56.   Can't Take It with You
  57.   What I Almost Was
  58.   Devil, Devil (Prelude: Princess of Darkness)
  59.   Smoke a Little Smoke/Sweet Leaf
  60.   Longer Gone
  61.   Chevy Van
  62.   Without You Here
  63.   Where She Told Me To Go
  64.   Faster Than My Angels Can Fly
  65.   My Heart's Got a Memory
  66.   Win, Lose or Draw
  67.   His Kind of Money (My Kind of Love)
  68.   Ain't Wastin' Time No More
  69.   A Train Robbery
  70.   Get Up Jake
  71.   Lighting
  72.   Mixed Drinks About Feelings by Susan Tedeschi
  73.   Come Together

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