"Eric Church" (born "Kenneth Eric Church" May 3, 1977 in North Carolina) is a country music artist. Church's first appearance on the national music scene came in 2005, as a co-writer on Terri Clark's single "The World Needs a Drink", a #26 on the "Billboard" country music charts Signed to Capitol Records in 2006, Church released his debut album "Sinners Like Me" that year; this album produced three Top 20 country hits in "How 'Bout You", "Two Pink Lines" and "Guys Like Me", as well as a #51 in its title track. His fifth single, "His Kind of Money (My Kind of Love)", was released to radio in April 2008 as the lead-off to his upcoming second album, entitled "Carolina".
== Biography ==
Eric Church grew up in Granite Falls, North Carolina. At age thirteen, he bought a guitar and began writing songs of his own. By his junior year of high school, he had found a gig at a local bar. Eventually, Church was adding original songs into the set mix, in addition to producing albums of his own material. For two years, his band played often in bars and restaurants throughout North Carolina.
Church played basketball, baseball and golf in high school, but in college, he turned to music. Before moving to Nashville, he graduated from Appalachian State University with a degree in marketing. In return, his father paid for his first six months in Nashville. The financial cushion his father provided him gave him time to make contacts. Eric eventually found a publishing deal at Sony/ATV Tree Music Publishing; his first hit as a songwriter was Terri Clark's 2004 single "The World Needs a Drink", as well as a track on Dean Miller's 2005 album "Platinum".
== Music career ==
Arthur Buenahora at the publishing company later introduced Church to producer Jay Joyce. The two clicked instantly and began cutting demos. Following a showcase, Church signed to Capitol Records' Nashville division, with Joyce producing his debut album, "Sinners Like Me", which was released on July 18, 2006. The album's first single, "How 'Bout You", reached Top 20 on the "Billboard" Hot Country Songs charts, as did the follow-ups "Two Pink Lines" and "Guys Like Me".
In 2008, Church released a new single, "His Kind of Money (My Kind of Love)" to country radio. It debuted on the "Billboard" Hot Country Songs chart at #55 in late April 2008, and reached its peak of #46 in August. It is also the first single from his upcoming album, "Carolina", which was set to be released on September 30th, but has been pushed back to March 24th, 2009.
* Albums were released on Capitol Nashville Records.
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