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John Michael Montgomery

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Part of the '90s wave of honky tonk hitmakers that brought country to new commercial heights, John Michael Montgomery made his name primarily as a romantic balladeer. Yet despite his sometime adult contemporary leanings, his vocal style remained solidly grounded in country tradition. Montgomery was born in 1965 in Danville, KY, near Lexington and learned guitar from his father, a local musician. He first performed in public at age five with his father's band, which also featured his mother on drums. By 15, he was performing regularly on the local scene and at 17 became the lead singer of a group with his father and brother after his parents divorced. Following high school, he played around the local honky tonk circuit and was discovered at a favorite venue in Lexington, which led to a contract with Atlantic in 1991. Montgomery issued his debut album in 1992, titling it after the lead single, "Life's a Dance." The song rocketed into the Top Five, and its follow-up, "I Love the Way You Love Me," went all the way to number one, helping the album climb into the country Top Five. That set the stage for 1994's Kickin' It Up, a bona fide, multi-platinum blockbuster that topped both the country and pop charts and made Montgomery a star. Three number one country hits -- "I Swear," "Be My Baby Tonight," and "If You've Got Love" -- sprang from the album as well as another Top Five hit, "Rope the Moon." A self-titled 1995 follow-up also topped the country charts and kept Montgomery's hit streak alive with the number one smashes "Sold (The Grundy County Auction Incident)" and "I Can Love You Like That," plus more Top Fivers in "No Man's Land," "Cowboy Love," and "Long as I Live." Late in 1995, Montgomery was forced to take time off for surgery to repair his vocal cords. Montgomery recovered in time to put out What I Do the Best in 1996. "Friends" and "How Was I to Know" both hit number two, and "I Miss You a Little" was also a Top Ten hit. A Greatest Hits compilation was released in 1997, and Montgomery returned in 1998 with Leave a Mark, which found him continuing to move into more polished territory. "Cover You in Kisses" and "Hold on to Me" were the Top Five hits this time out. Things got even smoother on the very adult contemporary-styled Home to You, which appeared in 1999 and whose title cut reached number two on the country charts. Still, Montgomery's crossover-friendly approach was beginning to affect his sales in the country marketplace. 2000's Brand New Me featured a higher percentage of up-tempo tracks, and it peaked at number two on the country charts; plus, his duet with Alison Krauss, "The Little Girl," gave him another number one hit. His next album, 2002's Pictures, was an attempt to move into more mature, adult territory, while 2003 saw a holiday album, Mr. Snowman, appear. Letters from Home arrived in 2004. Montgomery moved to Stringtown Records and released Time Flies in 2008.. ~ Steve Huey
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Albums by
John Michael Montgomery

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    11 songs

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    Time Flies

    10 songs

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    Letters from Home

    10 songs

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    Mr. Snowman

    10 songs

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    Pictures

    10 songs

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    Brand New Me

    10 songs

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    Home to You

    10 songs

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    Leave a Mark

    10 songs

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    What I Do the Best

    10 songs

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    John Michael Montgomery

    10 songs

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    Kickin' It Up

    5 songs

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    Rhino Hi-Five: John Michael Montgomery

    2 songs

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    I Swear

    20 songs

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    The Very Best of John Michael Montgomery

    14 songs

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    Greatest Hits

    10 songs

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    Life's a Dance

    10 songs

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    Love Songs

    50 songs

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    Original Album Series

    2 songs

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    I Swear


Top Songs by
John Michael Montgomery

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    Popularity
  2.   I Swear
  3.   Be My Baby Tonight
  4.   I Love the Way You Love Me
  5.   Sold (The Grundy County Auction Incident)
  6.   Letters from Home
  7.   I Can Love You Like That
  8.   The Little Girl
  9.   Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
  10.   Winter Wonderland
  11.   Santa Claus Is Coming to Town
  12.   Life's a Dance
  13.   If You've Got Love
  14.   Rope the Moon
  15.   Cover You in Kisses
  16.   Forever
  17.   The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)
  18.   A Daddy's Prayer/Jesus Loves Me
  19.   Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
  20.   O Holy Night
  21.   White Christmas
  22.   Nothing Catches Jesus by Surprise
  23.   Hold on to Me
  24.   Friends
  25.   No Man's Land
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Stations & Shows Featuring
John Michael Montgomery

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    '90s Country

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    Downhome Cookin'

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    Country Love

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    She Thinks My Tractor's Sexy

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    Alan Jackson: DNA

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    Country Christmas

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    Tim McGraw: DNA

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    Jon Pardi: I Am The DJ

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    Cincinnati Country Christmas

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    The Country Vault

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    Garth Brooks: DNA

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    4th of July Celebration

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    Classic Country

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    Big Dave's Christmas Favorites

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    Party Country

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    Country 4th Of July

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    Country: '90s and Today

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    Chris Young: I Am The DJ

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    Kenny Chesney: DNA

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    Frontline Radio

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    Southern Gospel


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