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.
Eric Church Tributes Meat Loaf With 'I'd Do Anything for Love'
Meat Loaf died on January 20, 2022 at the age of 74.
Eric Church + Katherine Blasingame -- Country Love Stories
There are three people that get Church to show his tender side: his two sons, Boone and Hawk, and his wife, Katherine Blasingame.
Eric Church Lands Important Holiday Gig at the White House
He is set to perform on a holiday-themed PBS special, taped from the White House!
Chris Janson's Next Album Will Include an Eric Church Co-Write
For those keeping score at home, that brings Janson's Eric Church team-ups on his new album up to a potential total of two.
Eric Church's Hank Jr. Hall of Fame Tribute Was Pure Outlaw
Church tipped his hat to another legendary rebel with a performance of 'A Country Boy Can Survive' at the Medallion Ceremony.
15 Country Stars Who Never Won CMA Awards New Artist of the Year
These 15 country stars were nominated for New Artist of the Year at the CMA Awards, but they didn't win.
WATCH: Eric Church Celebrates With a Father Who Just Beat Cancer
It was a favor Church couldn't refuse. Not that he wanted to.