Born in Foreman, Arkansas in January of 1968, country music singer and songwriter Tracy Lawrence has been performing music since he was sixteen years old. After attending Southern Arkansas University, he moved to Nashville, Tennessee, where he made plans to become a recording artist. There, he had a gig at the Bluebird Café, where he met Wayne Edwards, who would become his manager. Lawrence signed with Atlantic Records, where he released his first album in 1991.
Lawrence’s album, Sticks and Stones, would release four singles, all of which made a home for themselves on the country charts. Its title track spent a week at Number One, while “Today’s Lonely Fool,” “Runnin’ Behind” and “Somebody Paints the Wall,” would also peak in the Top 10. Lawrence’s first album would follow with several more Number One hits, including “Alibis,” “Can’t Break It to My Heart,” “If the Good Die Young,” “Texas Tornado” and “Time Marches On.”
In 1992, Billboard named Lawrence the Top New Male Vocalist. The following year, he was recognized with the same award by the Academy of Country Music. In 2009, his album The Rock, composed entirely of Christian music, was nominated for a Grammy for best southern, country or bluegrass gospel album.