CMT award-winning, recurring Number One Country hit artist Billy Currington was born in 1973 in Savannah, Georgia. He was raised in Rincon, Georgia with his four sisters and two brothers. He auditioned during his junior year of high school for a spot at the country music theme park, Opryland in Nashville. Though he did not gig the gig, he moved to Nashville after graduation, still with the dream of pursuing a career in country music. There, he worked singing in a bar, with a concrete company and as a personal trainer. It was one of his clients as a personal trainer that led Currington to recording demo tapes and writing songs. After receiving cuts by George Strait, Tracy Byrd and Marty Rayborn, he signed to Mercury Records in 2003.
His debut album was released that same year, featuring signles like “Walk a Little Straighter,” inspired by his alcoholic stepfather and using the same chorus he wrote when he was twelve years old. The song peaked at Number Eight and established him as a major country artist in Nashville. He reached the Top 5 for the first time with the single “I Got a Feelin’,” then moved on to his third consecutive Top 10 hit with the collaboration with Shania Twain, “Party for Two.” Number One hits of Currington’s were “Must Be Doin’ Something Right,” “Good Directions,” “People Are Crazy” and “That’s How Country Boys Rolls.” In 2010, his fifth Number One single was released, “Pretty Good at Drinkin’ Beer.”
In 2006, CMT Music Awards named Currington’s music video for “Must Be Doin’ Something Right” as the Hottest Video of the Year. In 2010, he was nominated for three awards: a Grammy for Male Country Vocal Performance on the song “People Are Crazy,” and two Academy of Country Music Awards for Single Record of the Year and Song of the Year for the same song.
Currington’s three albums have all reached places in the Top 20 on the U.S. Country Charts. His first, self-titled album peaked at Number Seventeen, while his second two albums, Doin’ Somethin’ Right and Little Bit of Everything, both peaked at Number Two. Doin’ Somethin’ Right was also certified Platinum while Little Bit of Everything has been certified Gold.
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