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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 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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Albums by
Eric Church

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    10 songs

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    Mr. Misunderstood [LP]

    11 songs

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    Chief

    12 songs

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    Carolina

    12 songs

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    The Outsiders

    53 songs

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    Chief/Caught in the Act/Carolina/Sinners Like Me

    1 song

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    Give Me Back My Hometown

    1 song

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    The Outsiders

    17 songs

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    Caught in the Act: Live

    12 songs

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    Sinners Like Me

    4 songs

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    Caldwell County

    1 song

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    Guys Like Me

    1 song

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    How 'Bout You

    1 song

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    Carolina

    1 song

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    Homeboy

    1 song

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    His Kind of Money (My Kind of Love)

    10 songs

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    Mr. Misunderstood

    1 song

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    A Man Who Was Gonna Die Young


Top Songs by
Eric Church

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    Popularity
  2.   Drink in My Hand
  3.   Springsteen
  4.   Talladega
  5.   Creepin'
  6.   Homeboy
  7.   Give Me Back My Hometown
  8.   Smoke a Little Smoke
  9.   Like a Wrecking Ball
  10.   Love Your Love the Most
  11.   Hell On The Heart
  12.   Record Year
  13.   Guys Like Me
  14.   Like Jesus Does
  15.   Cold One
  16.   Mr. Misunderstood
  17.   How 'Bout You
  18.   Jack Daniels
  19.   Kill a Word
  20.   Sinners Like Me
  21.   I'm Gettin' Stoned
  22.   These Boots
  23.   The Outsiders
  24.   Keep On
  25.   Pledge Allegiance to the Hag
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    Brothers Osborne: I Am The DJ

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    New Country Now

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    Blake Shelton: DNA

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    55 Greatest Country Songs of the Century

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