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Eric Church grew up in Granite Falls, N.C., and began playing guitar and writing songs as a young teenager; by the time he was a senior in high school, the future country star was performing at a local bar in his hometown. Church attended college at Appalachian State University and graduated with a business degree before moving to Nashville to become a songwriter; he co-penned Terri Clark’s “The World Needs a Drink” and Dean Miller’s “Whiskey Wings,” among others. Although Church initially did not intend to be a solo artist, he recorded his own demos, which convinced Capitol Records to give him a record deal. Church’s debut album, ‘Sinners Like Me’, was released in 2006 and included three Top 20 singles. That same year, he joined Rascal Flatts as the opening act on their Me and My Gang Tour but was famously replaced by newcomer Taylor Swift after refusing to follow some rules. In 2009, the singer-songwriter released his sophomore album, ‘Carolina’, but it wasn’t until his third record, 2011’s ‘Chief’, that Church earned his first No. 1 hit, “Drink in My Hand.” ‘Chief’ also earned Church both the ACM and CMA Awards for Album of the Year and has been certified platinum, as has his 2014 record, ‘The Outsiders’. Church has been married to his wife, Katherine Blasingame, since 2008 and is the father of two boys, Boone McCoy and Tennessee Hawkins.

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Eric Church Covers ‘Rusty Cage’ in Tribute to Chris Cornell [WATCH]

At a recent concert, Eric Church performed a cover of Soundgarden's "Rusty Cage" -- as covered by Johnny Cash -- in tribute to Chris Cornell.

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Top 10 Eric Church Songs

A list of Eric Church's best songs.

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Eric Church Shares a Nickname With His Grandpa

Eric Church is known by many in the country industry by the nickname Chief, but it isn't entirely his to claim: His grandpa had it first.

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Top 5 Eric Church Music Videos

A list of Eric Church's best music videos.

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40 Years Ago: Eric Church Is Born in Granite Falls, N.C.

On May 3, 1977, Eric Church was born in Granite Falls, N.C.

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Top 6 Unforgettable Eric Church Moments

There's no question that Eric Church has made a lot of waves during his career in country music, but it's his rebel ways that have made the singer unforgettable.

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Eric Church Plans His Final 2017 Tour Dates

Eric Church has announced an additional -- and final, for the year -- eight tour dates for 2017.

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Even in the Digital Age, Albums — Especially Vinyl — Still Matter

Country artists explain why albums, especially on vinyl, are still important in the digital age.

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Review: Eric Church Goes Full Rock Star on Holdin’ My Own Tour

A review of Eric Church's 2017 Holdin' My Own Tour stop in Buffalo, N.Y.

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