Born Hubert Neal McGaughey, Jr. in July of 1958 in Jacksonville, Texas country artist Neal McCoy has been performing since 1988, the same year he charted on Billboard Hot Country Songs chart for the first time. Inspired by the country, rock, disco and R&B music his parents listened to, McGaughey began singing in his church choir at a young age, before starting his own R&B band. Later, he switched his focus to country music and began performing in bars and clubs around Texas. In 1981, he won a talent contest and secured the spot as an opening act for Charley Pride. At this time, he also assumed the stage name Neal McGoy.
In the late 80s, he signed with 16th Avenue Records and released two singles, “That’s How Much I Love You” and “That’s American.” In 1990, he signed with Atlantic Records and changed his last name to McCoy. With Atlantic, he released seven albums, including two Platinum-certified and one Gold-certified. Throughout his career, he peaked at Number One with his singles twice and reached the Top 10 an additional six times. His Number One singles were both released in the early-mid 90s, “No Doubt about It” and “Wink.” His Top 10 singles include “For a Change,” “They’re Playin’ Our Song,” “You Gotta Love That” and “The Shake.”
In 2005, he founded a vanity label, 903 Music. His first single under this label was “Billy’s Got His Beer Goggles On,” which landed a spot in the Top 10 on the Hot Country Songs chart that year. Artists Darryl Worley and the Drew Davis Band signed to the label eventually as well. However, in 2007 the label closed down. In 2012, he released his twelfth album XII, co-produced by Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert and Brent Rowan.