Before becoming a big time country music star and selling thousands of Eric Church tickets, the North Carolinian was a professional songwriter. He co-wrote Terry Clark's "The World Needs a Drink" and Dean Miller's "Whiskey Wings." These successes eventually led to him auditioning for record executives. Shockingly, they thought Church's music was a little dull. Imagine that. A singer who would one day record "Guys Like Me," "Smoke a Little Smoke," and "Springsteen" was originally thought to be boring. Church's sound became far more interesting after he started working with producer Jay Joyce. His collaboration with Joyce was productive and led to a recording contract.
Church released his first single, "How 'Bout You," in January of 2006 and his first album, Sinners Like Me, in July. The country music singer's other albums include Carolina (2009), Chief (2011), and Caught in the Act (2013). Church's music and persona are usually described as "outlaw country" or "country rock." When Church began his career as a musician, he played in bars and taverns that were so tough he got in fights from the stage. As you might have guessed from listening to "Smoke a Little Smoke," Church is an avid pot smoker.