Eric Church Biography:
Eric Church is a country music singer and songwriter.
“In guitar town I bought this old Epiphone
Started stringin' chords and words into songs
I've been putting in time on Sixteenth Avenue
Pouring out my heart for tips on a stool
I ain't making a killing, but then theres those nights
When the song comes together and hits them just right
The crowds on their feet cause they can't get enough
Of this music I make and I love
And I thank God I ain't, yea I thank God I ain't,
Yea I thank God I ain't, what I almost was…”---few lines from the lyrics of What I Almost Was, by a brilliant singer
Eric Church is a gifted singer, songwriter and guitarist from North Carolina. His songs are as up-front as he is. His music is powerful which looks its listener in the eye and speaks clearly about the human condition. His music is finding a handful of torchbearers in this new generation. Eric Church grew up in Granite Falls in North Carolina. When he was four years of age, he stood on a table at a local restaurant, singing Elvira to patrons and waitresses who would reward him, with change. By the age of thirteen, he began writing songs before he learned how to play the guitar. Eric Church was influenced by his parents’ diverse tastes that expanded from Motown to bluegrass. Upon watching a band and witnessing a wild crowd, Eric Church decided to try his potentials and, two weeks later, he had a gig. Eric Church formed a band named Mountain Boys, together with his roommate, his brother and another guitarist. The first night they had fourteen songs but they faked mocked their way through a four-hour set and held onto enough of the crowd to help launch them as a regional act. After a year, Eric Church was throwing original songs into the set mix and, not long afterward, was selling CD’s of his own material. The band was paying four or five nights a week in bars, at fraternity and sorority parties in Ashville, Hickory and Boone.
Eric Church was also a talented athlete. Eric Church played basketball, baseball as well as golf during high school. In college, however, he switched into music, riding those early gigs to regional commendation and then a trip to Nashville. Eric Church graduated with a degree in Marketing. Eric Church took a day job and was signed to a publishing deal at Sony Tree.
Eric Church’s family as well as his small-town background had given Eric a diamond-pure work ethic that served him well. Eric Church started getting cuts including Terri Clark’s The World Needs A Drink. Eric Church was introduced to producer Jay Joyce by Arthur Buenahora at Sony Tree. Eric and Jay began cutting demos as they clicked instantly.
On Eric Church’s birthday, he was in Capitol’s office being offered a recording deal. Eric as well as Jay then set about capturing his essence in Jay’s basement studio. The outcome was a CD that launches Eric Church with a firm identity both musically and lyrically, and gives Eric Church his own niche in a wide country landscape.
For Eric Church, it was songs about what’s going on in the world. Eric Church made an honest record. Eric Church personally likes music that goes way out and picks a side.