In honor of the reigning CMA Entertainer of the Year’s birthday today, here are 5 things you may not have known about Eric Church.
1. Eric is his middle name
Kenneth is his first name, but Eric liked the sound of his middle name better, so went with that.
2. Chief holds a degree in marketing
He promised his dad he would finish college, if his dad would agree to take care of Eric, financially, for 6 months to try and make it as a musician in Nashville. He did earn his degree in marketing at Appalachia State University.
3. There’s a reason behind the iconic shades
Church apparently started wearing sunglasses because he wore contacts and had a hard time with the bright lights on stage. His contacts would fall out from squinting. The shades soon became his trademark.
4. Eric Helped give Taylor Swift her first big break (indirectly)
Back in 2006 he was opening for Rascal Flatts and kept breaking the time-on-stage rules, going over on a regular basis. Rascal Flatts fired Eric and replaced him with then relatively unknown, Taylor Swift. Church told Arizona Daily Star, “I joked with her, saying ‘This is your crowd; they’re going to love you. You’re going to owe me your first gold record,’ I was kidding, but when she got her first gold record she gave me one. It came with a note: ‘Thanks for playing too long and too loud on the Flatts tour. I sincerely appreciate it, Taylor.'”
5. He shares his nickname with his late grandfather
Happy 44th birthday Eric Church! Can’t wait to see him in December at the SNHU Arena in Manchester, NH. Tickets go on sale this Friday at 10am! Click HERE for info and tickets.
Watch this video for Eric Church’s latest “Hell of a View”