A member of the Grand Ole Opry since 1991, Clint Black is a well-known name in country music. Black was born in Long Branch, New Jersey on February 4, 1962 to G.A. and Ann Black. The family of six moved soon after to Texas and Clint spent his childhood growing up in Houston. Before he reached his teen years, he taught himself how to play the harmonica. By the next year, he had written his first song. By fifteen, he had picked up the guitar. Clint and his brothers created a small band as teenagers that would play at backyard barbecues for their neighbors. Black dropped out of high school to further his music career, which took off in the late 80s. He was inspired by the sounds of George Strait and Reba McEntire who moved country music back to the traditional style.
After leaving high school to pursue a career in country music, Clint supported himself by working a variety of jobs, such as a construction worker, bait cutter and fishing guide. Eventually he met up with Hayden Nicholas, a fellow guitarist, and the two began a partnership in writing songs, a partnership that would remain intact for decades. In the late 80s, Black signed with RCA Records and released his first album Killin’ Time, which reached Number One on the Billboard Country Albums chart and received platinum status.
Killin’ Time featured songs like “A Better Man,” which also reached a Number One spot on the country charts. His next album, Put Yourself in My Shoes, soared to Number Two on country charts and a place in the Top 20 on pop album charts. A year later, Clint was invited to join the Grand Ole Opry.
Some of Clint’s most well-noted songs include “A Bad Goodbye,” a duet with Wynona Judd; “Untanglin’ My Mind,” co-written with Merle Haggard; “Summer’s Comin’,” a Number One hit; “Something That We Do,” a Number Two hit; and “The Shoes You’re Wearing,” another chart-topping single.
Throughout his career, Black has attained several awards. From the Academy of Country Music, he has earned five, like Album of the Year for “Killin’ Time” and “Top New Male Vocalist.” From the American Music Awards, he was named the Favorite Country New Artist of 1990. The Country Music Association honored him with both the 1989 Horizon Award and the 1990 Male Vocalist of the Year title.