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Billy Currington

2017 Suwannee River Jam Artist Spotlight

Billy Currington, born and raised in Georgia with six siblings, grew up in a home where there was much difficulty with his step-father. But, it was his step-father who introduced Billy to country music before he died. In junior high, Billy auditioned at Opryland USA, later moving to Nashville to pursue a music career. He soon left Nashville, returned to his grandmother’s and joined a local country band but returned to Music City where he worked 16 hours a day, six days a week - playing clubs on the side with no time to dream, He quit his job and became a part-time personal trainer where he met Gary Voorhies, who worked for a music publishing company. After Gary invited Billy to sing for him, Billy was soon signed to Mercury Records Nashville in 2003. His debut single, “Walk a Little Straighter,” tells the story of a child watching his drunk father stumbling through the door and vowing not to make that same mistake when he becomes a father. (Billy wrote the chorus at age 12!) His self-titled album was released in 2003. In 2004, he swung from a chandelier in the music video for his duet with Shania Twain, “Party For Two.” He parlayed his exposure into a successful second album, Doin’ Somethin’ Right, in 2005. The first single, “Must Be Doin’ Somethin’ Right,” reached # 1 at country radio at the end of 2005. Halfway through 2007, Billy had to cancel his tour dates for the remainder of the year because of laryngitis. Billy released “Tangled Up” in late 2007. “Don’t” was released in 2008 as the first single of his third album, going all the way to #2. His latest album, “Little Bit of Everything,” was released in 2008. Billy found his latest single, “People are Crazy,” on a demo CD he found in a recording studio after the writer, Bobby Braddock, told Billy he could have the CD. It reached #1 on the GAC Top 20 Countdown July 17, 2009, the second song of his to reach #1. Things couldn’t be any better for this country star.

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