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Eric Church–A Wonderful Musician

Alissa Obenhaus, Writer

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Kenneth Eric Church, a famed country singer, started his career in music as a teenager, inspiring to write songs without performing them. Born on May 3, 1977, Church grew and matured in Granite Falls, N.C. and began playing guitar and writing songs as a young teenager.

At 13, he bought a guitar and began writing his own songs. During his senior year high school year, the future country singer started performing at a local bar in his hometown of Granite Falls, N.C., which occupied most of his time, focusing on his music.

Unlike many stars that do not pursue higher education after high school, Eric Church attended college at Appalachian State University, Boone, N.C. and graduated with a business degree. After earning his college degree, Church moved to Nashville and entered professional music. He co-wrote Terri Clark’s “The World Needs a Drink” and Dean Miller’s “Whiskey Wings,” and many more songs.

Although Church initially did not intend a career as a solo artist, only hoping for one as a songwriter, still he recorded his own demonstration tapes, which convinced Capitol Records to offer him a record contract.

Church’s debut album, “Sinners Like Me”, released in 2006, had included three Top 20 singles “How ‘Bout You,” “Two Pink Lines” and “Guys Like Me.” That same year, he joined Rascal Flatts as the opening act on their “Me and My Gang Tour”, but newcomer Taylor Swift replaced him after he refused to follow some rules.

His music style reflects country at its best, combining country and rock, reflecting everything from social problems to love relationships, showing real world struggles and conflicts.

In 2009, the singer-songwriter released his second album, “Carolina”, but he did not earn a number one hit until releasing his third record, 2011’s “Chief”. The number one hit, “Drink in My Hand” had topped the charts on U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs.

“Chief” also earned Church both the ACM and CMA Awards for “Album of the Year” and certified platinum, as has his 2014 record, “The Outsiders”.

Eric Church, famous for his wonderful country style, inspires people daily with his powerful music.

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