Before finding fame as a country artist, Chris Cagle has worked as a songwriter, as a waiter and bartender, and, first, as a nanny. Born in DeRidder, Louisiana in 1968, Cagle has always been attracted to music. He took piano lessons and guitar lessons in high school. In college, he skipped his finance courses and audited music classes. He performed in night clubs and eventually dropped out of college. In 1994, he was encouraged by entertainment attorney Rod Phelps to move to Nashville. There, Cagle worked as a nanny for Phelp’s three daughters, then as a waiter and bartender as he worked on his songwriting skills. His big break came when Harlan Howard published one of his songs. This relationship led him to a publishing deal and a label deal.
His first album was released in 2000, consisting of Number Fifteen single “My Love Goes On and On” and Top 10 hit “Laredo.” The album was re-issued with Capitol Records in 2001, releasing “I Breathe In, I Breathe Out” as a bonus track, which became his Number One hit. “What a Beautiful Day” and “Chicks Dig It” both peaked in the Top 5 in 2003. In 2007, Cagle released “What Kinda Gone,” which peaked at Number three. In 2010, “Got My Country On” was his next Top 20 country hit.
With five studio albums, fifteen singles and one Number One hit single under his name, Cagle is a name that is recognized in the country music community. Eight of his fifteen singles have reached positions in the Top 20 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. His albums Play It Loud and Chris Cagle have both been certified Gold in the U.S.
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