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.
LISTEN:Eric Church's 'Never Break Heart' Is a Lesson in Endurance
Eric Church has words to the wise in his new song, "Never Break Heart."
Luke Bryan Texted Eric Church After 2021 Super Bowl Anthem
They've both done one of music's most stressful gigs.
Eric Church Shares How Co-Writer Overcame Tragedy for New Song
“I’ve never seen anybody show the kind of strength and faith" that he did, Church says.
Eric Church Wanted to Be 'Uncomfortable' Making 'Heart & Soul'
Church got out of Nashville — and his comfort zone — to make 'Heart & Soul', his forthcoming triple album.
Country Music Hall of Fame Surveys Genre's Changes in New Exhibit
The 2021 'American Currents' exhibit opens on March 12.
Country Stars Share the Best (and Worst) of Valentine's Day
Be still, my heart!
Eric Church + Jazmine Sullivan Join for 2021 Super Bowl Anthem
They put their own unique spin on the song.
Hey, Chief! See Eric Church Through the Years [PICTURES]
No matter which of the numerous nicknames you use for Eric Church, one thing certain: He's made one heck of an impact on country music throughout his career.