Country singer/songwriter Eric Church recently participated in an installment of The Recording Academy's 5 Questions With … series. Following the interview, Church performed an intimate set featuring tracks from his most recent release, Chief, including "Creepin'," "Hungover & Hard Up" and "Springsteen."
"Chief is the most fearless record we've made," said Church. "I think a lot of times, in this day and age, we make records based on fear. I don't think creativity can live in a place like that."
Hailing from Granite Falls, N.C., Church began writing songs and taught himself how to play guitar at age 13. Upon graduation from Appalachian State University, Church moved to Nashville where he landed a publishing deal with Sony/ATV Tree, subsequently writing songs for other artists, including Terri Clark's "The World Needs A Drink," which he co-wrote with Casey Beathard. Church eventually met producer Jay Joyce and the two started recording demos, landing Church a record deal with Capitol Records Nashville. Church's debut album, 2006's Sinners Like Me, cracked the Top 30 on the Billboard 200 and peaked at No. 7 on Billboard's Country Albums chart. Carolina followed in 2009, peaking at No. 17 on the Billboard 200 and spawning the gold-certified singles "Love Your Love The Most" and "Smoke A Little Smoke." Released in July, Chief debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and Country Albums charts, marking the first time a traditional country artist has garnered a No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 without having a previous No. 1 hit single since Tim McGraw's 1994 album Not A Moment Too Soon. Church is currently on tour throughout the United States.
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