Eric Church was born in Granite Falls, North Carolina on May 3, 1977. He bought his first guitar when he was 13 and soon began writing songs. He performed regularly at a local bar during his senior year in high school, then attended Appalachian State University where he played local bars with his band, the Mountain Boys.
After graduation from college, Church, with the support of his father, moved to Nashville to pursue his dream of songwriting and performing. In Nashville, he first achieved songwriting success, co-writing “The World Needs a Drink” for Terri Clark and “Whiskey Wings” for Dean Miller’s album.
Church began working with producer Jay Joyce and signed with Sony Publishing. He first impressed the publisher with his song, “Lightning,” which was inspired by the film The Green Mile. This led to him signing with Capitol Records and his first single was “How ‘Bout You,” which was a top 15 on the Billboard Country Chart; his debut album was Sinners Like Me, which led to him touring with Brad Paisley and Rascal Flatts. He made his debut on the Grand Ole Opry in April, 2006.
Eric Church’s second album, Carolina, was released in 2009. For this album, Church performed a concert at Appalachian State University. All of the songs on that album were co-written by Church and there were three singles from that album, two of which, “Love Your Love the Most” and “Hell on the Heart” both reached the top ten on Billboard’s Country Singles chart.
Eric Church’s breakthrough album was Chief, released in July, 2011, which debuted at number one on both the Billboard Country and Top 200 charts. His first number one single, “Drink in My Hand,” was on that album as well as “Springsteen,” which reached number one on the Country chart and was a top twenty on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
The album Chief won Album of the Year at the 2012 Country Music Association Awards and he received a CMT Artist of the Year Award later that year. Chief also won Album of the Year at the 2013 the Academy of Country Music Awards
In October, 2013 Church released his fourth studio album, The Outsiders, which featured his fourth and fifth number one singles, “Give Me Back My Home Town” and “Talladega.”
During his career, Eric Church has received a number of awards; in 2011 he received “Top New Solo Vocalist” from the Academy of Country Music, and Album of the Year for Chief from the Country Music Association. He was nominated for 3 Grammys for Best Country Album, Male Vocalist and Song of the Year for “Springsteen.” In 2012 he won the American Country Award for “Song of the Year” for “Springsteen,” and an Academy of Country Music Award for “Vocal Event of the Year” for his recording of “The Only Way I Know” with Jason Aldean and Luke Bryan.
In 2013 Church won the CMT Award for “Collaborate Video of the Year” and in 2014 he won “Favorite Country Album” for The Outsiders from the American Music Awards. In total, Eric Church has been nominated for 7 Grammys, 12 CMA Awards and 11 Academy of Country Music Awards.
In January, 2008, Eric Church married music publisher Katherine Blasinghame in Blowing Rock, North Carolina.