Ten Random Facts About Ten Random Country Music Artists
1. KENNY CHESNEY
Born in Knoxville, Tennessee but raised in nearby Luttrell, Kenny Chesney attended high school at Gibbs High School and played on the varsity football team where he wore jersey #7. Some of the photos from his high school playing days are featured in the video for the song "The Boys of Fall."
Kenny Chesney - The Boys of Fall (Official Video)
2. TAYLOR SWIFT
Taylor Swift is a native of Pennsylvania and was inspired to become a singer by her grandmother who performed opera. Driven by her desire to succeed in the music business, Swift's parents would often travel to Nashville, Tennessee so that their daughter could learn more about songwriting and performing. Eventually, Swift moved to the Music City area where she caught the eye (and ear) of record company owner Scott Borchetta who signed her to his new Big Machines Record label.
3. DARIUS RUCKER
Darius Rucker paid homage to one of his musical heroes and influences, Radney Foster, by naming his 2010 CD "Charleston, SC 1966" (which is the birthplace and birth year for Rucker). The title is fashioned after the title of Foster's debut album "Del Rio, TX 1959."
Darius Rucker - Alright (Official Video)
4. CARRIE UNDERWOOD
Before dedicated her life to becoming a recording artist and musician, Carrie Underwood was a star athlete in her home state of Oklahoma and played softball for nearly a decade while attending elementary and high school.
5. LUKE BRYAN
Born Thomas Luther Bryan on July 17, 1976, Luke Bryan is married to Carolyn Boyer Bryan. Their first son was named after both parents and has the legal name Thomas Boyer Bryan, but he's called "Bo" by family and friends.
Luke Bryan - Rain Is a Good Thing (Official Video)
6. LADY ANTEBELLUM
Before hitting the big time, the super group Lady Antebellum performed at the Rites of Spring Music Festival on the campus of Nashville's Vanderbilt University sharing the stage with pop singer Colbie Caillat, the Old Crow Medicine Show, Grace Potter & the Nocturnals, rap star Lil Jon and one-hit-wonder Cupid who's song "Cupid Shuffle" is a dance club standard.
7. DIERKS BENTLEY
Prior to signing his record deal, Dierks Bentley worked several odd jobs in and around Nashville. While he was a student at Vanderbilt University, Bentley worked as an intern for the Country Music Association.
Dierks Bentley - 5-1-5-0 (Official Video)
8. BLAKE SHELTON
Signed to Giant Records in 2001, Blake Shelton's first single was scheduled to be a song called "I Wanna Talk About Me" but it was shelved at the last minute and replaced by the song "Austin" which went on to become Shelton's first hit recording. Toby Keith later recorded and released "I Wanna Talk About Me" and took the song all the way to number one.
9. MIRANDA LAMBERT
A contestant on the TV reality/audition program "Nashville Star," Miranda Lambert finished as a runner-up to that season's winner Buddy Jewell. Originally seen as more of a songwriter than a star singer, Lambert was signed to a record deal and has become one of the most recognized and awarded female country singers performing today.
Miranda Lambert - Mama's Broken Heart (Official Video)
10. ZAC BROWN BAND
While living in Georgia, Zac Brown and his father opened a restaurant/nightclub in Lake Oconee and called it "Zac's Place." Eventually, the restaurant was bought out by a developer and with his share of the proceeds, Brown bought a tour bus and hit the road with his newly formed band.