"Charles Elliott "Chuck" Wicks" (born June 20, 1979 in Smyrna, Delaware) is an American country music artist. He was one of the participants on the American reality series "Nashville", which aired on Fox Networks for two episodes before its cancellation in mid-2007. In late 2007, he signed to RCA Nashville Records as a recording artist, with his debut single "Stealing Cinderella" being released in September of that year. It served as the lead-off to his debut album "Starting Now", which was released in January 2008.
Chuck Wicks was raised on a potato farm in the community of Smyrna, Delaware. Wanting to pursue a career in country music, he moved to Nashville, Tennessee after graduating from college in 2002. name="allmusic"/> He then began to hone his songwriting skills, penning more than one hundred songs per year at one point, and one of his songs, "Lead Me On", was cut by Steve Holy on his 2006 album "Brand New Girlfriend". Eventually, Wicks caught the attention of RCA Records executives, who signed him to a recording contract in 2007.
While he was working on his debut album, Wicks was also picked as a cast member for Fox Networks' short-lived reality TV series "Nashville". Due to poor ratings, however, "Nashville" was cancelled after its second episode. RCA then released Wicks' debut single, a ballad entitled "Stealing Cinderella". He debuted the song at his first Grand Ole Opry appearance in August 2007. name="zap"/> The single produced the biggest debut for any new country artist in all of 2007, with fifty-two of the stations on "Billboard"s survey adding it in its first official week of airplay. Shortly after the song's release, University of Tennessee football coach Phillip Fulmer heard it; Fulmer said the song "hit (him) like a ton of bricks," so he contacted Wicks, arranging a private performance at his daughter Courtney's wedding. "Stealing Cinderella" went on to become the fastest-rising single for a new country act in all of 2007, reaching a peak of #5 on the country charts. The song was included on Wicks' debut album "Starting Now", which was released January 22, 2008. The track "All I Ever Wanted" was released in April 2008 as its second single, and has charted in the Top 20 as well.
In August 2008, Wicks began dating fellow country singer Julianne Hough
, who was also a participant on "Dancing with the Stars".
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