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With eight number 1 singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart, five studio albums and a Grammy nomination under his belt, Country singer-songwriter Billy Currington aka William Matthew Currington (born 19 November 1973) from Georgia, US is rapidly making a name for himself a country star.

His foray into music like most country singers began at church where he was invited by the preacher to sing at services and soon impressed members of the congregation as they asked him to join their band projects. After a failed audition for music theme park Opryland, at 18 Currington migrated to the home of country music, Nashville to chase his dreams of becoming a country star. Taking odd jobs here and there, Currington slugged it out working as a personal trainer during the day and performing in bars and clubs at night. The move to Nashville introduced him to several key players who helped him develop his songwriting skills.

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In 2003, Currington signed with Mercury Records Nashville to release his debut self-titled album. Catching the attention of critics and audiences alike with his impressive storytelling, drawing from real life experiences and turning it into something beautiful saw the album peak at number 17 in the US Country Album charts. The lead single “Walk a Little Straighter”, a tale of Currington’s relationship with his alcoholic and abusive step-father peaked in the charts at number eight, cementing his promise as a rising country star.

The following year Currington appeared alongside Shania Twain for the hit single “Party for Two”. In 2005 he released his follow up album “Doin’ Something Right” which peaked at number two in the Top Country Album charts certifying platinum. The album featured the number singles “Must Be Doin’ Something Right” and “Good Directions”. Clearly doing something right, in 2006 he received a CMT Music Award for Hottest Video of the Year with “Must Be Doin’ Something Right”.

After a run of extensive touring, towards the end of 2007 Currington caught a bout of laryngitis which forced him to cancel the remaining tour dates and saw his absence from the scene for almost a year. In 2008 Currington returned fighting fit to release his third album “Little Bit of Everything” peaking at number two in the charts. While supporting the release of the album, in 2009 Currington performed at the Big Valley Jamboree in Alberta, US where a freak wind storm interrupted his set causing him concussion, injuring his bass player and killed an audience member.

With subsequent album releases “Enjoy Yourself” (2010), “We Are Tonight” (2013) and “Don’t Do It” (2014) has seen Currington’s precedence as he continues climbing into the big leagues as an established country star proving dreams really do come to fruition.

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