Eric Church

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Singer • Songwriter

Birth Name: Kenneth Eric Church

Birth Date: May 3, 1977

Age: 47 years old

Birth Place: Granite Falls, North Carolina

Inspired by the traditional country of Merle Haggard, the outlaw leanings of Hank Williams Jr. and the hard rock of Metallica, Eric Church established himself as one of Nashville's most streetwise singer-songwriters. Born in Granite Falls, a small town in the foothills of the North Carolina mountains, to a teacher mother and furniture business owner father, Church first began writing songs aged 13 and spent much of his high school senior year performing a mixture of his own compositions and Jimmy Buffett covers at a local bar.

While studying for a marketing degree at Appalachian State University, he formed a band, Mountain Boys, with his brother and college roommate and after graduating, headed to Nashville to pursue a career in songwriting. Church soon landed a publishing deal with Sony/ATV, where he penned tracks for the likes of Dean Miller ("Whiskey Wings") and Terri Clark ("The World Needs A Drink"). But due to the personal nature of his material, he was encouraged by producer Jay Joyce to become an artist in his own right and the pair began working on demos which would eventually attract the interest of Capitol Nashville.

In 2006, Church reached the Billboard Top 30 with his debut album, Sinners Like Me, scored his first US Hot 100 hit with" How 'Bout You" and played the Grand Ole Opry for the first time. Church also developed a reputation as a country rebel in the same year when he was kicked off a joint tour with Rascal Flatts and Brad Paisley for playing too loud and for too long. Church continued to build on his early potential with 2009 sophomore effort Carolina, scoring two Top 10 country singles with "Love Your Love The Most" and "Hell On The Heart."

But after becoming the second artist to sign to the EMI Records Nashville imprint, it was 2011's Chief which catapulted him into the big league, topping the Billboard 200, selling 145,000 copies in its first week and spawning his first country number one, "Drink In My Hand," and his first mainstream Top 30 hit with the twice Grammy-nominated "Springsteen." Following a hit 2012 collaboration with Jason Aldean and Luke Bryan ("The Only Way I Know") and 2013's Caught In The Act, a live album recorded at Chattanooga's Tivoli Theatre, Church reached pole position for a second time with 2014's fourth studio effort, The Outsiders.

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Toby Keith: American Icon

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Bruce Springsteen's Nebraska: A Celebration in Words and Music

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Eric Church: Live at Red Rocks

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Homeward Bound: A Grammy Salute to the Songs of Paul Simon

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2022

57th Academy of Country Music Awards

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Chris Janson Feat. Eric Church: You, Me & The River

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The 55th Annual CMA Awards

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56th Academy of Country Music Awards

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The Verizon Big Concert for Small Business

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Eric Church: Heart On Fire (Studio Video)

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Essentials: Eric Church

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ACM Top Vocalist No

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56th ACM Awards: Nominees to Watch

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Eric Church: Break It Kind Of Guy

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Chasing Whiskey: The Untold Story of Jack Daniel's

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Eric Church: Through My Ray-Bans (In Studio Performance)

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The 54th Annual CMA Awards

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Eric Church: Hell Of A View (In Studio Performance)

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Eric Church: Stick That in Your Country Song

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Eric Church: Doing Life With Me

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The 53rd Annual CMA Awards

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Luke Combs Feat Eric Church: Does To Me

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Raise a Glass

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Country Chillin'

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Country in Cali

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2020 GRAMMY Awards: Nominees to Watch

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The 52nd Annual CMA Awards

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Eric Church: Solid

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The 60th Annual Grammy Awards

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Country Chillin'

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Eric Church: Desperate Man

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NEW! Country

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Outlaw Country

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Modern Country

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The 51st Annual CMA Awards

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The Life and Songs of Kris Kristofferson

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Mavis Staples: I'll Take You There - Celebrating 75 Years

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Outlaw: Celebrating the Music of Waylon Jennings

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CMA Music Festival: Country's Night to Rock

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Hank Williams, Jr. Feat. Eric Church: Are You Ready For The Country

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Eric Church: Holdin' My Own (Live)

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Eric Church: Kill A Word (Live)

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The 49th Annual CMA Awards

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Eric Church: San Destino Rising: Movimiento De Una

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Eric Church: San Destino Rising: Movimiento De Dos

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Eric Church: San Destino Rising: Movimiento De Tres

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American Country Countdown Awards

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All My Friends: Celebrating the Songs & Voice of Gregg Allman

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Stagecoach: California's Country Music Festival 2014

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Eric Church: Making of The Outsiders

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Eric Church: Give Me Back My Hometown

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Eric Church: Man Who Was Gonna Die Young

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For the Love of Music: The Story of Nashville

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Eric Church: The Outsiders

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Eric Church: Springsteen

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The 45th Annual CMA Awards

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Eric Church: Creepin'

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Eric Church: Over When It's Over

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Eric Church: Drink in My Hand

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Eric Church: Homeboy

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Eric Church: Hell On The Heart

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Eric Church: Love Your Love the Most

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Eric Church: Smoke a Little Smoke

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The Better Show

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Eric Church: Lightning

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Eric Church: Two Pink Lines

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Eric Church: Guys Like Me

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Eric Church: How 'Bout You

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In Performance at The White House

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