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William Matthew “Billy” Currington (born November 19, 1973) is an American country music artist. Signed to Mercury Nashville Records in 2003, he has released four studio albums for the label: 2003′s Billy Currington, 2005′s Doin’ Somethin’ Right, 2008′s Little Bit of Everything, and 2010′s Enjoy Yourself.
These four albums have produced nine singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts, including six #1 hits “Must Be Doin’ Somethin’ Right“, “Good Directions“, “People Are Crazy“, “That’s How Country Boys Roll“, “Pretty Good at Drinkin’ Beer“, and “Let Me Down Easy“. He has also charted as a duet partner on Shania Twain‘s single “Party For Two” and his own non-album single “Tangled Up”, for a total of eleven Top 40 hits.
Billy Currington was born in Savannah, Georgia, raised in Rincon, Georgia, and currently lives in Nashville, Tennessee. He has four sisters (Lexie, Ann, Kim, and Kelly) and two brothers (Charles and Jason). When he was one and a half years old, his mother married Laurie (Larry) Currington. He also has a Chocolate Lab named Paco.
When he was a junior in Effingham County High School (Springfield, Georgia), Currington auditioned for a spot at Opryland, the renowned country music theme park located in Nashville, Tennessee, the country music capital. Failing the audition, after high school he moved to Nashville to pursue his career in country music. His first stint did not last too long, and he later sang for a bar named Cavalier Country Club in Georgia. In Nashville, Currington also worked for a concrete company, and also as a personal trainer. One of the clients he worked with as a personal trainer led Currington to recording demo tapes, as well as writing songs. He eventually had cuts by George Strait, Tracy Byrd, and Marty Raybon. After almost being offered to join RCA Records, he signed to Mercury Records in 2003.
In May 2010, he released his tenth solo single overall, “Pretty Good at Drinkin’ Beer“, which hit #1 in September. Also written by Troy Jones, it was the first single from his fourth studio album, entitled Enjoy Yourself—which was released on September 21, 2010. The album’s second single “Let Me Down Easy” went to radio on October 4, 2010 and reached #1 in 2011. The album’s third single “Love Done Gone” released to country radio on April 18, 2011.
Big & Rich is an American country music duo composed of Big Kenny and John Rich. Both members alternate as lead vocalists and play rhythm guitar. Rich was a founding member of the country music band Lonestar and later a solo artist for BNA Records, while Kenny was formerly a solo artist on Hollywood Records.
Big & Rich’s first studio album, Horse of a Different Color, was released in 2004. This album produced four straight Top 40 country hits, including the number 11 “Save a Horse (Ride a Cowboy)“, as well as collaborations with Cowboy Troy, Gretchen Wilson and Martina McBride. Comin’ to Your City, released in November 2005, added another top-20 single, the Vietnam War-inspired “8th of November,” as well as two other songs that reached the top 40. Joining the duo on this album were Cowboy Troy, Wilson, and Kris Kristofferson. Big & Rich’s third studio album, Between Raising Hell and Amazing Grace, produced the duo’s first Number One single, “Lost in This Moment.” After this album, both members went on hiatus and released solo albums, also charting solo singles in the country top 40: Rich with “Shuttin’ Detroit Down” and Kenny with “Long After I’m Gone.”
Prior to Big & Rich’s foundation, John Rich was a founding member of the band Texassee, which later became Lonestar. Rich played bass guitar in the band and alternated with Richie McDonald on lead vocals, in addition to co-writing the band’s 1997 release “Come Cryin’ to Me.” After Lonestar released its second album, Rich was fired from the band in 1998. Big Kenny was signed to Hollywood Records in 1998, where he recorded a rock album called Live a Little a year later. Although one of its songs was featured in the soundtrack to the film Gun Shy, Live a Little was not released, and Hollywood Records held the rights to the songs for five years. Big Kenny then befriended John Rich after meeting him at a club, and the two began writing songs together. Big Kenny and John Rich’s songwriting collaboration was “I Pray for You,” which they wrote in October 1998.
Following his departure from Hollywood Records, Big Kenny also recorded in a short-lived band called luvjOi, whose lead guitarist Adam Shoenfeld and drummer Larry Babb would later become part of Big & Rich’s road band. In 2000, Rich began recording as a solo artist as well. He charted two singles of his own — “I Pray for You” and “Forever Loving You,” which respectively reached number 53 and number 46 on the U.S. country singles charts — but his debut album, Underneath the Same Moon, was also shelved. The two then founded the MuzikMafia (an abbreviation for Musically Artistic Friends in Alliance), a roundtable aggregation of singer-songwriters including Cowboy Troy, James Otto, Gretchen Wilson and Shannon Lawson. This group held its first official show at a Nashville, Tennessee nightclub in 2001.
One of Big & Rich’s first outside cuts was “She’s a Butterfly,” which was recorded by Martina McBride on her album Martina and featured backing vocals from the duo. After McBride cut this song, manager Marc Oswald suggested that Rich and Big Kenny begin recording as a duo. Rich was apprehensive at first, as he had been told by BNA staff that he was “too rock for country” and was unsure of what major labels would think of Big Kenny’s rock influences. After attending a songwriting seminar, the two began recording songs together. After the two recorded a demo of “Holy Water,” Rich was convinced that the duo would be successful. They then met with Paul Worley, a record producer who was then the head of creative affairs at Warner Bros. Records Nashville, and Worley helped sign Big & Rich to a recording contract in late 2003.
The Bellamy Brothers are an American pop and country music duo brothers David Milton Bellamy (born September 16, 1950) and Homer Howard Bellamy (born February 2, 1946), from Darby, Florida, United States. The duo had considerable musical success in the 1970s and 1980s, starting with the release of their crossover hit “Let Your Love Flow” in 1976, a Number One single on the Billboard Hot 100.
Starting in the late 1970s, the Bellamy Brothers found success in country music as well, charting twenty Number One singles and more than fifty hits overall on the country charts. To date, they have released more than fifty albums, primarily on Curb Records.
David and Howard Bellamy were inspired by many musical sources from an early age. Their father played country music around the house, and was also a member of a local Western swing band; in addition, they were inspired by the rock and roll music their sister played, Despite having never had formal music training, both brothers learned how to play guitar, mandolin, and banjo. In addition, David learned accordion, fiddle, organ, and piano.
Their first musical gig was in 1968 at a benefit concert with their father in San Antonio, Florida at the Rattlesnake Roundup. Soon after, the brothers moved to Atlanta, Georgia and formed a band called Jericho. However, playing in bands and clubs proved tiresome for the brothers, who soon moved back home.
The brothers were soon noticed by a friend of recording artist Jim Stafford, who eventually recorded “Spiders and Snakes”, a tune written by David. “Spiders and Snakes” went on to become a Top 5 hit, providing the Bellamys with the money to move to Los Angeles, California. Howard became a road manager for Stafford; Stafford’s previous road manager, Leo Gallagher, later gained fame as a comedian.
The Band Perry, an American country music group, is composed of Kimberly Perry (lead vocals, rhythm guitar, piano) and her two brothers: Reid Perry (bass guitar, background vocals) and Neil Perry (mandolin, drums, accordion, background vocals). The group signed to Republic Nashville in August 2009 and has released three singles: “Hip to My Heart” (November 2009), “If I Die Young” (June 2010), and “You Lie” (January 2011).
All three songs are included on the band’s self-titled debut album, released October 12, 2010. “If I Die Young” reached number one on the Hot Country Songs charts and has been certified 2× platinum.
The Perry siblings began singing as children in Alabama. They claim Greeneville, Tennessee, as their hometown and currently live there with the rest of their family. Kimberly was born in 1983, Reid in 1988, and Neil in 1990. Kimberly Perry sang in her own band as a teenager with her brothers Neil and Reid working as roadies. At the ages of 8 and 10 years old, the brothers began performing as an opening act, the Mobile Music Machines, for Kimberly. Once the three siblings had united to form The Band Perry, they joined a New Faces of Country tour in 2005.
In 2008, The Band Perry was discovered by Garth Brooks‘ manager Bob Doyle, who helped them make recordings. The recordings were sent to Scott Borchetta, head of the newly-established Republic Nashville label. The band signed to Republic Nashville in August 2009 and released their debut single “Hip to My Heart“. All three members wrote it with Brett Beavers. The song peaked at number 20 on the country chart. A self-titled extended play followed in April.
After “Hip to My Heart” fell from the charts, the group released its second single, “If I Die Young“, which Kimberly wrote single-handedly. “If I Die Young” and “Hip to My Heart” are included on the band’s self-titled debut album, released on October 12, 2010. The album was produced by Paul Worley and Nathan Chapman. “If I Die Young” has reached number one on the country music charts, and number 19 on the Billboard Hot 100.
The album’s third single, “You Lie“, written by Brian Henningsen, Aaron Henningsen, and Clara Henningsen, was released to country radio on January 18, 2011. It debuted at number 59 on country chart for the week ending December 25, 2010.
Asleep at the Wheel is a American country music group that was formed in Paw Paw, West Virginia, but based in Austin, Texas. Altogether, they have won nine Grammy Awards since their 1970 inception. In their career, they have released more than twenty studio albums, and have charted more than twenty singles on the Billboard country charts. Their highest-charting single, “The Letter That Johnny Walker Read“, peaked at #10 in 1975.
In 1969, Ray Benson and Lucky Oceans (Reuben Gosfield) co-founded Asleep at the Wheel in Paw Paw, West Virginia, and soon after they found themselves opening for Alice Cooper and Hot Tuna in Washington, DC. A year later, they moved to East Oakland, California at the invitation of Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen. After being mentioned in Rolling Stone magazine by Van Morrison, they landed a record deal with United Artists. In 1973, their debut album, Comin’ Right At Ya was released by United Artists. At the request of Willie Nelson, they left Oakland for Austin in 1974.
Ray Benson and Asleep at the Wheel have been presented numerous awards throughout their career. Most recently, the 16th Annual Midsouth Regional Emmy Award for the making of “A Ride With Bob”, recognition by Mayor Kirk Watson of Austin, Texas, and the Darrel K. Royal Music Patron Award by The Texas Heritage Songwriters’ Association. In 2007, The Austin Chronicle recognized Asleep at the Wheel for Band of the Year, Best Country Band, and into their Hall of Fame. Benson was inducted into the Austin Music Hall of Fame in 2002, was given The Texas Music Association Lifetime Achievement Award in 1996, and recognized as an Outstanding Producer by the National Academy of Recording Arts in 1988. He has also been given numerous Citations of Achievement by Broadcast Music, Inc. for his work in the country music field. Ray Benson and Asleep at the Wheel have been one of the strongest names in Country Music for the last forty years.
“Amber D has an amazing voice! She continues to carry on with that unique style which makes her voice one of the finest female country vocalists! Her voice touches my heart and my soul.” – Ronnie Milsap, Country Music Legend
Texas claims Amber Digby, but her roots (both musically and geographically) lie in Nashville, TN. Born and raised in the birthplace of Country Music, Amber comes from a long line of Classic Country Music Royalty. Amber’s father is Dennis Digby, longtime bass player in the Coal Miners, Loretta Lynn’s road band. Amber’s mother, Dee, was a backup singer for artists such as Connie Smith. Amber’s stepfather, Dicky Overbey, is a steel guitar legend who recorded and performed with Faron Young, Connie Smith, Hank Williams, Jr., Ronnie Milsap, and Johnny Bush. And Amber is the niece of Darrell McCall, who garnered a #1 hit when he wrote “Eleven Roses”, on top of his own solo top 40 hits.
Although Amber is certainly in the family business, she is breaking ground in modern country music. In December, 2009, she released her 4th CD, “Another Way to Live”, with Heart of Texas Records. Following on the heels of 3 critically successful releases, the most recent CD showcases Amber’s newest venture into songwriting. In addition to the songs on this new CD, Amber is writing with some of the best songwriters in Nashville including Grammy nominee Odie Blackmon, hitmaker Dale Dodson, and Grammy Award winning, Country Music Hall of Famer, Vince Gill.
While Amber has toured internationally, playing at festivals in Sweden, Australia, Norway and France, she now has the Grand Ole Opry to her credit. Debuting on December 19, 2009, Amber was introduced and backed by the great Ronnie Milsap.
Amber has made a name for herself with top critics, radio and fans alike as the top female vocalist in music dedicated to country music tradition. But her star is rising in a direction of country music originality – writing songs that echo the themes and melodies of country music roots, while expressing the heart of a young woman in a modern world.