Artist - Eric Church
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Many artists get started when they’re younger, but Eric Church had a regular gig performing at a local bar in his hometown by the time he was a senior in high school. Despite that, he first went on to study at Appalachian State University before deciding that Nashville was where he ultimately needed to be. 

After moving to Music City post-graduation, Church began writing for other artists before catching the eye of Capitol Nashville. His debut album, Sinners Like Me, was released in 2006 and began a steady output with Carolina (2009), Chief (2011), and The Outsiders (2014) and Mr. Misunderstood (2015) following in quick succession. In 2021, he released his seventh studio LP, Heart & Soul, which was a triple album set.

His third album Chief earned Church the ACM Award and CMA Award for Album of the Year in 2011. He also won the ACM Award for Top New Solo Vocalist.

Around that time, Church founded the charitable organization Chief Cares, which helps underprivileged families in Tennessee and Church’s home state of North Carolina.

Famously, Church’s penchant for big, lively performances got him kicked off Rascal Flatts’ tour in 2006. He regularly went over his allotted time and was warned repeatedly to stop. Eventually, Rascall Flatts traded Church for newcomer Taylor Swift. At the time, Church joked that Swift should send him her first gold record for the increased exposure she got. She eventually did, writing him, “Thanks for playing too long and too loud on the Flatts tour. I sincerely appreciate it. Taylor.” 

  • Full name: Kenneth Eric Church
  • Born: May 3, 1977
  • Hometown: Granite Falls, North Carolina
  • Fun facts: Church is rarely caught without his trademark aviator sunglasses.
  • Genre: Country
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Eric Church 2023 Concert Tour: The Outsiders Revival Dates and Tickets

By Ross Jones, January 11, 2023

The Chief is heading out on his first-ever outdoor summer tour.

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BREAKINGEric Church Unveils The Outsiders Revival Tour 2023 with Midland, Lainey Wilson, Whiskey Myers and More

By Maxim Mower, January 11, 2023

Tickets for Church's blockbuster series of dates go on-sale on January 20.

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BREAKINGEric Church to Perform at Summerfest 2023

By Maxim Mower, January 11, 2023

The Chief will be kicking off his hotly anticipated 2023 tour, The Outsiders Revival, with a Summerfest performance in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

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BREAKINGEric Church Teases Big Announcement for January 11

By Maxim Mower, January 9, 2023

‘The Chief’ uploaded a cryptic video of radio static, which concludes with brief song snippets and a date.

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Eric Church Unveiled as First Country Summer Music Festival 2023 Headliner

By Maxim Mower, December 12, 2022

The ‘Drink In My Hand’ trailblazer is set to take the stage at the California event in June 2023.

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Shania Twain, Kenny Chesney and Eric Church to Headline Tortuga Festival 2023

By Maxim Mower, November 11, 2022

The 2023 seaside festival line-up also features Carly Pearce, Jake Owen, Cole Swindell and More.

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Chris Stapleton, Eric Church & Gabby Barrett Lead CMA Awards 2021 Nominations

By Jof Owen, September 9, 2021

The 55th Annual CMA Awards take place live from Nashville on November 10th.

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Country Thunder Bristol Announces Eric Church and Brooks & Dunn as 2023 Headliners

By Ciara Bains, November 2, 2022

The country superstars will perform at the Bristol Motor Speedway in October 2023.

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Eric Church releases new single ‘Heart on Fire’

By Zoe Hodges, January 29, 2021

The soulful banger is taken from Church's forthcoming album Heart.

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Eric Church Announces 2021/22 Tour Dates

By Zoe Hodges, April 8, 2021

The tour, dubbed ‘Eric Church In The Round: The Gather Again Tour’, will visit 55 cities across North America.

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INTERVIEWIn Conversation: Riley Green

By Alison Bonaguro, July 7, 2021

On the eve of the release of his new seven-song EP Behind the Bar, Green sat down on his tour bus to talk about the process of music-making and what he sees as a win when it comes to his signature brand of country music.

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COUNTRY CLASSICSEric Church - Chief

By Mark Hagen, July 26, 2021

Chief took you away from the world for three, four, five minutes and then dropped you back where you began - only now somehow changed, in touch with a feeling that you didn’t know you already had, in exactly the way that The Boss' own records do.

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Eric Church Performs National Anthem at Super Bowl LV

By Zoe Hodges, February 8, 2021

The Chief also shared new single, 'Lynyrd Skynyrd Jones', from one of his forthcoming albums.

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ESSENTIALSThe Best Eric Church Songs

By Helen M Jerome, July 21, 2021

Channelling Church favourites ‘Smoke A Little Smoke’ and ‘I’m Getting Stoned’, it’s “high” time we took a definitive – and occasionally subjective – look back at the very best of The Chief’s songs.

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STAFF PICKSEric Church - Heart & Soul

By Jof Owen, April 20, 2021

Heart & Soul is a tour de force of heartland rock and driving country soul that more than holds up under the weight of its own ambition and influences, as Church gloves up for three more rounds of fighting the good fight for country music.

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Eric Church to Release Three New Albums In April

By Ross Jones, January 21, 2021

Country Music's Entertainer of the Year is coming back with a triple bang.