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Gary Allan Biography


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Birth Name: Gary Allan Herzberg
Born: 1967/12/05
Birth Place: La Mirada, California, USA
Years Active: 1996–present
Genres: Country


Gary Allan Herzberg (born December 5, 1967) is an American country music artist, known professionally as Gary Allan.

Signed to Decca Records in 1996, Allan made his debut on the United States country music scene with the release of his single “Her Man,” the lead-off to his gold-certified debut album “Used Heart for Sale,” which was released in 1996 on Decca Records. The album peaked at #20 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart and #136 on the Billboard 200 Albums chart.

A second album, “It Would Be You,” followed in 1998 on Decca. It produced three hit singles, "It Would Be You," "No Man in His Wrong Heart," and "I'll Take Today." The title track was a #7 hit for him on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart in 1998. The album peaked at #21 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart and #132 on the Billboard 200.

Allan's third album, “Smoke Rings in the Dark,” was his first album for MCA Nashville (to which he has been signed ever since) and the first platinum album of his career. It produced three singles, the title track which reached #12, "Lovin' You Against My Will" which reached #34 and "Right Where I Need to Be," which reached #5 on the Hot Country Songs chart. "Right Where I Need to Be" was also Allan's first Top 5 country hit. The album was his first Top 10 on the Country Albums chart, peaking at #9 while reaching #84 on the Billboard 200.

“Alright Guy” was released in 2001 and reached #4 on the Country Albums chart and #39 on the Billboard 200. Its lead single, "Man of Me," reached #18 on the Hot Country Songs chart. "The One" became his second Top 5 hit, reaching #3, and "Man to Man" became the first #1 country hit of his career. “Alright Guy” was certified platinum by the RIAA.

2003’s “See If I Care” followed, peaking at #2 on the Country Albums chart and reaching #17 on the Billboard 200. Singles, "Tough Little Boys" and "Nothing On but the Radio" both reached #1 on the Hot Country Songs chart, while "Songs About Rain" peaked at #12. This was Allan's third consecutive album of his career to be certified platinum by the RIAA.

Released in 2005 “Tough All Over” featured a cover of the 2001 Vertical Horizon song "Best I Ever Had" and the single, "Life Ain't Always Beautiful," with each reaching the Top 10 on the Hot Country Songs charts. The album was certified gold by the RIAA and was his first to reach #1 on the Billboard Country Albums chart while also reaching a peak of #3 on the Billboard 200.

2007's “Greatest Hits” was certified gold and includes the greatest hits from his first six studio albums, along with two new songs, "A Feelin' Like That" and "As the Crow Flies." "A Feelin' Like That" was released as a single, reaching #12 on the Hot Country Songs chart in 2007. The album debuted at #5 on the Billboard 200 and again topped the Country Albums chart.

A seventh studio album, “Living Hard,” was released later in 2007. The album debuted at #3 on the Billboard 200. Its lead single, "Watching Airplanes," reached #2 on the Hot Country Songs chart, while "Learning How to Bend" reached #13. The album's third single, "She's So California" reached #24.

“Get Off on the Pain” was released in 2010 and debuted at #2 on the Country Albums chart and #5 on the Billboard 200. The album's first single, "Today," was released in June 2009 and was a Top 20 hit. The album's second single, the title track, was released in March 2010 and debuted at #42 on the Hot Country Songs chart.