10 Things You Didn’t Know About Eric Church
Eric Church is an extremely unique country singer. He’s one of few country artists who have successfully carved out their own genre — he’s combined a mix of rock n’ roll and country. He fits in with such a different mix of artists; for example, he was personally hand picked by Metallica to play at their Orion Music Festival and also asked to play at Lollapalooza. He’s just a jack of all trades! Despite being a huge star, Eric is also very elusive with no personal social media accounts or engagement with the press with interviews. It’s clear he’s pretty protective of his personal life, but we’ve done some digging on the artist and found a few interesting facts! Here’s 10 things you might not have known about Eric Church:
10. Full Name
Eric Church was born Kenneth Eric Church. His nickname is “Chief” which also happens to be the name of his 2011 studio album. Chief hit number one on the Billboard Hot 100 making him the first country artist to have an album in the number one spot without ever having a number one song on the country charts! The only other artist to do that was Tim McGraw in 1994. The name “Chief” comes from his maternal grandfather who was also nicknamed Chief.
Eric Church stands out in the country genre because of his unique sound, but that’s what makes him special and even more successful. However, back in the day when he was younger, he said those kinds of things made him an outsider. The name of his 2014 album, The Outsiders stemmed from that feeling of isolation. On his website he wrote, “I’ve always felt like an outsider, and I still feel that way. That chip on your shoulder becomes a source of strength, and it drives you to push forward.”