Country/hip-hop artist Colt Ford recently visited The Recording Academy's headquarters in Santa Monica, Calif., to participate in an exclusive GRAMMY.com interview. Ford discussed his early career as a professional golfer, life on tour and collaborating with artists such as GRAMMY winners Wanya Morris of Boyz II Men and Darius Rucker on his latest album, Declaration Of Independence, among other topics.
"Everybody that's been a part of [Declaration Of Independence] has been a part of it because they believe in me and they believe in the music," said Ford. "They were all a part of it because they liked the songs — the music meant something to them first."
An Athens, Ga., native, Ford started his career as a professional golfer before turning to music and subsequently collaborating with artists such as Jason Aldean, Eric Church, Jermaine Dupri, and Kix Brooks of Brooks & Dunn, among others. In 2008 Ford released his debut album, Ride Through The Country, which peaked at No. 12 on Billboard's Top Rap Albums chart. His 2010 release Chicken & Biscuits peaked at No. 28 on the Billboard 200 and No. 24 on the Country Albums chart, and was followed by 2011's Every Chance I Get, which peaked at No. 26.
Released in 2012, Declaration Of Independence is Ford's highest-charting album to date, peaking at No. 5 on the Billboard 200. The album, a rocking collection of 15 country and hip-hop tracks, features collaborations with GRAMMY-winning artists such as Brooks, Morris and Rucker, and GRAMMY nominee Aldean, who is featured on the album's latest single "Drivin' Around Song." Ford is currently on tour throughout the United States, with dates scheduled through December.
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