Eric Church

Kenneth Eric Church (né le 3 mai 1977 à Granite Falls, en Caroline du Nord) est un auteur-compositeur-interprète américain de musique country.
Eric Church a grandi à Granite Falls, en Caroline du Nord. À l’âge de treize ans, il s’achète sa première guitare et commence à écrire ses propres chansons. Pendant sa dernière année de lycée il se produit régulièrement dans un bar local. Il y interprète de nombreux titres de Jimmy Buffett ainsi que ses propres chansons. Il s’entoure de musiciens avec lesquels ils jouent dans des restaurants et bars à travers la Caroline du Nord. Son groupe se composait de son colocataire, de son frère, et d’autres collègues guitariste. Le groupe s’appelait les “Mountain Boys”.
Avant de se rendre à Nashville, il est diplômé de l’école secondaire South Caldwell et de l’Appalachian State University avec un diplôme en marketing. Eric, installé dans le Tennessee trouve un contrat d’édition chez Sony/ATV Tree Music Publishing. Arthur Buenahora le présente au producteur Jay Joyce. Church signe alors chez Capitol Records. Son premier single, “How ‘Bout You”, se classe à la 14e place sur le classement Hot Country Songs. S’ensuivra la sortie de son premier album et conduit hors de son premier album Sinners Like Me. En avril 2006, Church chante sur au Grand Ole Opry pour la première fois. Church se marie avec Katherine Blasingame le 8 janvier 2008.
En 2009, Church sort Caroline, son deuxième album studio, produit par Jay Joyce, et entièrement composé des chansons qu’il a co-écrit. En juin 2010 Eric intègre Capitol Nashville Nashville nouvelle empreinte EMI Records.
Avec sa femme Katherine, ils deviennent parents en octobre 2011. Church prépare un nouvel album pour 2011. Homeboy, le premier single issu de celui-ci a été diffusé en radio le 14 février 2011.

Kenneth Eric Church (born May 3, 1977 in Granite Falls, North Carolina) is an American country music singer and songwriter. Signed to Capitol Records in 2006, Church released his debut album Sinners Like Me that year. This album produced four chart singles on the Billboard country charts, including the Top 20 hits “How ‘Bout You,” “Two Pink Lines” and “Guys Like Me.” His second album, 2009′s Carolina, has produced three more singles: “Smoke a Little Smoke” and his first two Top 10 hits “Love Your Love the Most” and “Hell on the Heart.

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Eric Church grew up in Granite Falls, North Carolina. At age thirteen, he bought a guitar and began writing songs of his own. By his senior year of high school, he had found a gig at a local bar, which occupied most of his time. He played many Jimmy Buffett cover songs and a few of his own original songs in some unpleasant places. Some of these places were so rough that he got into a few altercations from the stage. For a few years, his band played often in bars and restaurants throughout North Carolina. His band consisted of his college roommate, brother, and other fellow guitarist, temporarily naming their band the “Mountain Boys.”
Before moving to Nashville, he graduated from South Caldwell High School and Appalachian State University with a degree in marketing. He later became engaged to a woman, but her father then persuaded Church to accept a corporate career. Church just about gave up on music, but instead left his fiancé and headed to Nashville, Tennessee. His father paid for his first six months in Nashville, so the financial cushion his father provided him gave him time to make contacts. Eric eventually found a publishing deal at Sony/ATV Tree Music Publishing. Terri Clark took “The World Needs a Drink,” which Church wrote with Casey Beathard, into the country top 30. Church married music publisher Katherine Blasingame on Jan 8, 2008 on March 24, 2011 they announced they are expecting their first child in Oct 2011. Their home (along with Eric’s “mancave”), located in Nashville, TN, was featured in an episode of CMT “Cribs”. Arthur Buenahora at the publishing company later introduced Church to producer Jay Joyce. Following a showcase, Church signed to Capitol Records’ Nashville division. His first single, “How ‘Bout You,” peaked at #14 on the Hot Country Songs charts and led off his debut album Sinners Like Me. In April 2006, Church performed on the Grand Ole Opry for the first time.
The album’s other two singles, “Two Pink Lines” and “Guys Like Me,” both reached the country Top 20 as well. The fourth single, which was the title track, peaked at #51. An additional track from the album, “Lightning,” was made into a music video despite not being released as a single. Church wrote this song shortly after his moving to Nashville, and was inspired to write it after seeing the movie The Green Mile. Following the album’s success, Church toured with Brad Paisley and Rascal Flatts. In 2008, Church released a fifth single, “His Kind of Money (My Kind of Love),” to country radio. It debuted on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart at #55 in late April 2008, and reached its peak of #46 in August. Originally slated as the lead single to an upcoming second album, “His Kind of Money” was never released on an album but it was included as a bonus track on albums sold at Best Buy. Following this song was “Love Your Love the Most,” which debuted in late 2008 and is the first single from his second album Carolina, released on March 24, 2009. That same month, “Love Your Love the Most” brought Church to the country top ten for the first time, peaking at #10 in September. As with his debut album, Carolina was produced by Jay Joyce, and is entirely composed of songs that Church co-wrote. The album’s second single, “Hell on the Heart,” debuted in October 2009 and would also hit the top 10 in May 2010. In June 2010 Eric moved to Capitol Nashville’s new imprint EMI Records Nashville and became the label’s second artist and released the third single from “Carolina” titled “Smoke A Little Smoke”. On January 14, 2011, Church released a four song EP entitled “Caldwell County”. Eric released his new single “Homeboy” to country radio on February 28, 2011. The album featuring the new single is titled Chief and will be released Tuesday, July 26.

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