Aaron Tippin is a country singer/songwriter best known for his patriotic anthems and working class themes. Tippin grew up in Travelers Rest, South Carolina and worked as a commercial pilot before starting his country music career. Tippin earned a song publishing contract after appearing on the talent search show You Can Be a Star. He commuted to Nashville to write during the day after working nights at an aluminum facility in Kentucky. His songs were recorded by The Kingsmen, Mark Collie, and Charlie Pride, among others. Tippin's first Nashville nightclub performance was impressive enough to earn him a recording contract with RCA Records, and from then Tippin's star rose quickly.
The title track from Tippin's debut album, You've Got to Stand for Something, became very popular with American troops during the Gulf War. The song rose to No. 6 on country charts, and Tippin's debut album was certified gold. After that, Aaron Tippin made a name for himself with neotraditional country songs about working class issues, patriotic anthems, and a few love ballads. Tippin's baritone and Southern accent drew comparisons to Hank Williams, and Tippin continued producing hits. His next album, Read Between the Lines, contained his first No. 1 single, the honky-tonk tinged “There Ain't Nothin' Wrong With the Radio.” Later, two more of Tippin's songs rose to No. 1, “That's as Close as I'll Get to Loving You” and “Kiss This,” and “For You I Will,” “Working Man's Ph.D,” and “For You I Will” became country radio favorites as well. Tippin achieved crossover success with “Where the Stars and Stripes and the Eagle Fly,” a patriotic song released after the 9/11 attacks. Tippin's most recent album, 2009's In Overdrive, is an ode to American truckers.
When Tippin isn't touring, he's spending time on his Tennessee farm, where he has a hangar and runway, a winery, and a recording studio. Tippin also runs his own record label, Nippit Records.