Buckcherry, Faith Hill, Alan Jackson, LeAnn Rimes

Buckcherry

Buckcherry is a Grammy-nominated Los Angeles, California hard rock band formed in 1995. Buckcherry was formed after lead vocalist Josh Todd met lead guitarist Keith Nelson through their tattoo artist after discovering a common love of AC/DC. The duo made a few demos before being joined by bassist Jonathan Brightman and drummer Devon Glenn, calling themselves Sparrow. Sparrow began performing around the Hollywood club scene, receiving a strong, local following due to their old school rock ‘n’ roll vibe, and were signed to DreamWorks Records shortly after. The group changed its name to Buckcherry after receiving a cease-and-desist letter from a record label called Sparrow, with Buckcherry being a deliberate play on words of the performer Chuck Berry. On April 6, 1999, Buckcherry released it’s self titled debut album. The songs “Lit Up”, “For the Movies”, “Dead Again”, and “Check Your Head” were released as singles. As of September 2006, the album has sold in excess of 750,000 copies. They then released their second studio album, Time Bomb. Buckcherry has since gone on to release two more albums, 15 in 2006 and Black Butterfly in 2008. Black Butterfly peaked at number eight on the Billboard 200 and at number six on the Canadian Albums Chart.

Faith Hill

Faith Hill is the stage name of country music singer Faith Hill Perry. She was born on September 21, 1967 in Ridgeland, Mississippi. At 17, Hill formed a band that played in local rodeos. She briefly attended college at Hinds Community College in Raymond, Mississippi, but at 19 quit school to move to Nashville and pursue her dream of being a country singer. In her early days in Nashville, Hill auditioned to be a backup singer for Reba McEntire, but failed to secure the job. Faith Hill eventually became a secretary at a music publishing firm. A co-worker heard her singing to herself one day, and soon the head of her music publishing company was encouraging her to become a demo singer for the firm. In 1993, Faith Hill released her debut album, Take Me as I Am. It has since been certified triple platinum in the United States for sales of three million copies. Faith Hill has since gone on to release five more studio albums, two compilation albums and forty one singles. She has accumulated over 8 number-one singles and had 3 number-one albums on the Country charts. She has sold over thirty five million records to date.

Alan Jackson

Alan Jackson was born in Newnan, Georgia on October 17, 1958. Alan Jackson was born to Eugene Jackson and Ruth Musick and has four sisters, whom are all older than him. As a youth, Jackson primarily listened to gospel music, and otherwise was not a major music fan. However, a friend of his introduced him to the music of Gene Watson, John Anderson and Hank Williams Jr. Jackson started a band after high school. After a time, he and his beautiful wife of six years, Denise, moved from Newnan to Nashville hoping to pursue music full-time. In 1989 he released his debut album, Here in the Real World. It produced five singles: “Blue Blooded Woman”, “Here in the Real World”, “Wanted”, “Chasin’ That Neon Rainbow”, and “I’d Love You All Over Again”, Jackson’s first number one hit. Alan Jackson has since gone on to release fourteen more albums, with his latest being Good Time. Good Time has produced four singles on the country singles charts. The first two of these “Small Town Southern Man”, the title track, and “Country Boy” have all become Number One hits. Out of Alan Jackson’s fifty-six singles, fifty-five have reached Top 40 or higher on the Billboard country singles charts, including twenty-six number one hits.

LeAnn Rimes

LeAnn Rimes is the stage name of Margaret LeAnn Rimes. She was born on August 28, 1982 in Pearl, Mississippi. She was singing by the age of two, was enrolled into vocal and dance training, and by the age of five was performing at local talent shows. By the age of nine, Rimes was already an experienced singer. She toured nationally with her father and also regularly performed a cappella renditions of “The Star Spangled Banner” at the opening ceremonies of the Dallas Cowboys football games. In order to bring his daughter more national attention, he began recording her under the independent label, Nor Ja Vak when she turned eleven. She released three albums under the label between 1992 and 1996. LeAnn Rimes first major studio release was Blue. It was released in July of 1996 and it reached number three on the Billboard Hot 200 album chart, and number-one on Hot Country Albums. She has since released eight more albums. Since her debut, LeAnne Rimes has won many major industry awards, which include two Grammys, three ACMs, one CMA, twelve Billboard Music Awards, and one American Music award and placed over forty singles on American and international charts since 1996.