Tracy Byrd became a household name on the Country Music Scene in 1993 when his third single, called "Holdin' Heaven", off of his MCA Records, self-titled debut album, hit #1 on the Billboard Country Charts. The Album also included the remake hit of Johnny Paycheck's "Someone to Give my Love to" cementing Byrd as a Traditional Country Trou
Tracy Byrd became a household name on the Country Music Scene in 1993 when his third single, called "Holdin' Heaven", off of his MCA Records, self-titled debut album, hit #1 on the Billboard Country Charts. The Album also included the remake hit of Johnny Paycheck's "Someone to Give my Love to" cementing Byrd as a Traditional Country Troubadour!! The Debut Album went on to be certified Gold, signifying sales in excess of 500,000 copies.
Byrd's second project, "No Ordinary Man", kept building on the momentum the first album created, the first radio single from it called "Lifestyle's of the Not so Rich and Famous" reached #4, followed by another top five hit, "The First Step", then with the release of the smash, chart topping hit "Watermelon Crawl" the second album crossed the half million sales mark and certified Gold. The realease of the 4th and last single on this project moved Byrd to the top of both the Billboard Album and Singles charts. The song was called "The Keeper of the Star's" and it shot to #1 on the singles charts and pushed the album to Double Platinum Status, which certifies sales of over 2 Million Copies. "The Keeper of the Star's" won Academy of Country Music's "Song of the Year" award in 1995. A Keeper Year for Tracy Byrd for sure.
His third studio Album, "Love Lesson" is one of Tracy's favorites. It included the title track, another top five hit single for Byrd, also included were the top 15 singles, "Walking to Jerusalem" and "Heaven in My Woman's Eyes".
A 4th top 15 single was released called "4 to 1 in Atlanta" which Byrd performed Live on the David Letterman Show. The "Love Lesson's" album also reached sales of 500,000 copies.
"Big Love" became Byrd's fourth studio album with it's release in the fall of 1996. It spawned two more top five singles with the release of the title track and "Don't Take Her She's All I've Got" The Video's of both of these songs reached the top of CMT's Video Chart's and also earned Byrd his first TNN Television Special titled "Tracy Byrd's Big Love" on which Byrd invited guest's Johnny Paycheck, Mark Chesnutt, and Asleep at the Wheel. The Album "Big Love" became Tracy's Fourth consecutive Studio Album to be Certified Gold. Tracy said that this meant more to him than anything because he knew Fan's weren't just listening to his hit songs on the radio, they were laying down their hard earned money to own a copy of their own and that was flattering. The fifth project on MCA was titled, "I'm From the Country" and it contained the title track a fun, party song stating what most fan's already knew, that Tracy Byrd was from the Country and sang Country Music. The CD also contained a Beautiful Ballad called "I Wanna Feel That Way Again" Both of these single's reached the Top Five on the Charts. It was at this same time that TNN Outdoors recruited Byrd as the TV Host of their Weekend Outdoor Broadcast. Tracy, a well known outdoorsman, was perfect for the job and continued his hosting responsibilities for three years. At this point in his career, Tracy Byrd, was looking for a change in labels, but still was under contract with MCA Records who were preparing a release of "Keepers: Greatest Hit's" containing all the hit's from Byrd's catalog of songs. The album quickly earned another Gold Record award for Byrd but he was trying to persuade MCA to let him out of his contract so he could pursue a different direction. MCA finally allowed Byrd out of his contract and he quickly signed with RCA Records and got to work on a new project, "It's About Time", that would be released in November of 1999 and would reach the top 10 quickly with the single "Put Your Hand In Mine" Byrd has said that this album is the most Traditional Album he ever released and therefore his favorite.
Next came "The Truth About Men", which first released the title track which was a comedic look at what Men are really like, it was a team effort with Tracy's buddies Blake Shelton, Andy Griggs, and Troy and Eddie of Montgomery Gentry lending their talents to the song and the video. This Album also released the top five smash "The Drinkin' Bone" which became a crowd favorite sing along song. Tracy Byrd crossed into the new Millineum with the release of his Album "10 Rounds" It took off on the release of a duet with his longtime hometown buddy and hero Mark Chesnutt. The song was called "A Good Way to get on my Bad Side" and was a milestone for Byrd to finally get to record with his good friend. Then came the release of the party song of the year, "10 Rounds with Jose Cuervo" which shot to the top of the Billboard Charts to notch Byrd's third #1 single. He also hit the top 10 with his spanish guitar flared "Just Let Me be in Love". Byrd was then moved to BNA Records, the sister label of RCA, and they released his second greatest hits project, another feat that not many artists experience, two Greatest hits projects!!! It debuted in the top five of the album charts and became Byrd's sixth Gold Album, and sent him to over 6 Million Records Sold!!! Byrd then left the major label and released an album on his own, appropriatelly titled, "Different Things" Although this project was not commercially successful, it garnered Byrd his highest Critical acclaim of his career with Billboard magazine choosing it as one of their Top 10 Country Albums of the Year!!!
Through all of these years Byrd became a promoter favorite on the road, performing over 4000 exciting shows across the United States, Canada, Mexico, Europe, and Australia from 1992 until 2009! He then say's he needed a break to take care of himself and his most precious thing, his family, wife Michelle, daugter Evee, and son's Logan and Jared, who had taken a backseat to his career for year's. He did not perform from 2010-2013, but in 2014 he got back to the music with a new band and a new found sobriety and love of the thing he enjoys so much. Say's Byrd, "These day's my life has great balance, with my music being a part of it, not all of it. I can honestly say I have never enjoyed it more!!" Byrd went back in the studio in June of 2016 and started work on his first project in 10 years. Recorded completely in Tyler, Texas at Rosewood Studios, that album is appropriatelly titled, All American Texan, which is exactly what he is and has always been. This album features 8 tracks written by Byrd, a fact he is very proud of. The album released in October of 2016 and has been well received by his fans and critics alike.
Alex Miller came to the attention of global audiences during American Idol, Season 19. While still coming to terms with the changes that experience brought to his life, Alex is now embracing the lessons he learned from the show and its coaches. “One thing I really took away from it all is that I need to keep challenging myself,” the young
Alex Miller came to the attention of global audiences during American Idol, Season 19. While still coming to terms with the changes that experience brought to his life, Alex is now embracing the lessons he learned from the show and its coaches. “One thing I really took away from it all is that I need to keep challenging myself,” the young entertainer reflects. “And I’m just beginning to put that into practice.”
Miller floored the judges with his original song (and debut single) “I’m Over You, So Get Over Me,” and coach Luke Bryan was so impressed that he jumped on the stage with Alex for an impromptu run at the Merle Haggard classic, “Big City.” Miller aced several performances before exiting the show during the “Showstoppers Round.”
That was just the beginning for Alex, who quickly secured management, signed with Nashville-based Billy Jam Records, and released a well-received debut album, MILLER TIME. The disc displays the broad range of Miller’s traditional musical influences, including Swing, Bluegrass, Country, and Gospel. Two additional popular singles, “Don’t Let The Barn Door Hit Ya” and “Through With You” (which took the newcomer to the Top 35 of the Billboard Indicator Chart) helped to expand Miller’s ever-growing profile and fan base.
In a short amount of time, he took the stage at the Ryman Auditorium, entertained large crowds at multiple high-profile State Fairs (Kentucky, Missouri, New York, Washington, Wisconsin), and last year he opened for
Hank, Jr, Josh Turner, Lee Brice, Rhonda Vincent, and Shenandoah. Chosen as the Texas Roadhouse Artist of the Month for October 2021, Alex also performed a duet with Bluegrass superstar Rhonda Vincent at the Lee Greenwood All-Star Salute concert in November.
This year, Miller has opened for Brooks & Dunn (Iowa State Fair), Jamey Johnson (Wisconsin State Fair), Generation Radio (Ohio State Fair), Niko Moon (Kentucky State Fair), King Calaway (Oklahoma State Fair), and Aaron Watson (Tulsa State Fair). Additionally, he has headlined at The New York State Fair, opened shows for Diamond Rio and Sawyer Brown, and debuted at the popular Wild Rose Casinos in Iowa.
“It’s been a whirlwind for sure,” says the outgoing and confident 19-year-old. “I’ve been writing like crazy, too – on my own and with some legendary songwriters – it’s nuts for a farm boy like me.”
At 6’6'' Miller isn’t a typical teen. He’s been performing professionally since the age of seven, progressing steadily from shows in and around his hometown of Lancaster, Kentucky to larger markets, appearing at the Dolby Theatre, Lucas Oil Stadium, WoodSongs, Renfro Valley, Lincoln Jamboree and more. His expressive voice and traditional approach to song - ala Strait or Haggard - brought early success.
His skill with guitar and lap steel is evident on stage. Alex also plays ukulele, bass and banjo, and has now taken up the fiddle as well. Before Idol he was building a name for himself as the young newcomer to watch, but that approach ended when Alex auditioned for the show in 2020. It’s been full steam ahead ever since.
Now, with more than a year of touring, recording and more under his belt, Alex is looking forward once again. “I’m getting a chance to push some of my own boundaries,” Alex notes. “I’ve got more confidence now and I’m more open to trying new things.” Fans will hear a hint of this on Miller’s latest single, “When God Made The South,” an edgier, electric-guitar slashed ode to Mississippi mud, lazy Sundays, RC Cola, and Moon Pies. It’s still Country, but its modern radio sound feels like a natural progression. “It’s lyrically just Country as dirt,” Alex says with a laugh. “But we rocked this one up a bit. I hope everyone likes it.”
Everyone seems to like just about everything about Alex. He is wholesome and inspiring - with a baby face and enthusiasm to spare. An air of explosive expectation surrounds him. This young man is going places ... quickly ... and his loyal fans are rushing to follow as he continues to carve his path to the future.
Stan’s love for music led him to Nashville in 1978 as a professional guitar player. In 1985, he transitioned into a booking agent at McFadden & Associates where he booked acts such as Keith Whitley, Lynn Anderson, Lorrie Morgan, Gene Watson, Billy Ray Cyrus, David Frizzell, and most notably, the icon Buck Owens. Stan left McFadden & Associates in 1998 to form his own company IMA, Inc., where he was solely responsible for booking Buck Owens, Jeff Foxworthy and Bill Engvall. Stan joined Creative Artists Agency in 1999, where he signed Lady Antebellum, Joe Nichols, David Nail, Brenda Lee, the bluegrass icon Ralph Stanley, Rhonda Vincent, and Brandy Clark. He continued to book Buck Owens until Buck's passing. He was instrumental in starting the CAA Fair and Festival department in 2001, and in addition to his booking responsibilities, still serves as a mentor to countless agents and assistants. Stan has been a longtime member of the Country Music Association, Academy of Country Music, International Buyers Association, the Nashville Association of Talent Directors
Through the years Stan has cultivated many lifelong relationships in the music industry with managers, artists, label executives, talent buyers, and fellow agents. His expertise, honesty, and knowledge of the business has resulted in him being honored by his colleagues with numerous awards over the years that celebrate the impact he has had on the Nashville music scene, including Talent Agent of The Year from both NATD and IEBA. In 2009 he was also awarded the prestigious Senate Resolution from the State of Tennessee for his accomplishments in the music industry.
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