Not too long ago, my sister and I were chatting about underrated country musicians. Eric Church came up and we agreed he is one of the most overlooked musicians in the country music realm, and I’m really not too sure why; he is an incredibly talented musician and performer, and I’d pick his music over Florida Georgia Line’s pop version of country music any day.
That’s just my opinion.
Our conversation inspired me to learn a little more about this man, and I wanted to write a profile post about him. This information comes from his Wikipedia page.
“Church was born on May 3, 1977, in Granite Falls, North Carolina (Dudley Shoals area), to Ken and Rita Church. Church worked with his father at Clayton Marcus, a furniture upholstery company where his father was president. At 13, he bought a guitar and began writing songs of his own. By his senior year of high school, he had found a gig at a local bar, which occupied most of his time.
“Before moving to Nashville, Eric graduated from South Caldwell High School and then Appalachian State University with a degree in marketing. Upon graduation, Church became engaged to a Spanish teacher in the town of Lenoir, North Carolina. The future bride’s father attempted to persuade Church into a corporate career, which he rejected as an aspiring musician (and later referenced in his song “What I Almost Was” from his debut album). She broke the engagement and he headed to Nashville with his father’s financial backing. His father also provided the opportunity to make contacts, and more importantly, time to focus on developing his songwriting ability,” the website states.
Church and his wife have two boys together, and he is, apparently, an avid cannabis user.
To me, this guy seems like an all-around pretty cool dude. And, his music is pretty awesome, to boot.
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