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John Rich Biography

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Born: 1974/01/07
Birth Place: Amarillo, Texas, USA
Years Active: 1992-present
Genres: Country

John Rich (born January 7, 1974) is an American country music singer-songwriter. From 1992 to 1998, he was a member of the country music band Lonestar, in which he played bass guitar and alternated with Richie McDonald as lead vocalist. After being fired from the band in 1998, he embarked on a solo career on BNA Records in the late 1990. Rich joined Big Kenny in 2002 to form the duo Big & Rich.

While in Lonestar, Rich was the bass guitarist and co-lead singer. Rich also co-wrote the band's #1 country single, “Come Cryin' to Me.” In January 1998, Rich was fired from Lonestar.

Rich then became a solo artist with BNA Records, the same label to which Lonestar was signed. He charted two singles for the label, and recorded the album “Underneath the Same Moon” which did not see release until 2006.

By 2003, he joined Big Kenny to form the duo Big & Rich. They released “Horse of a Different Color” in 2004 “Comin' to Your City” in 2005 and “Between Raising Hell and Amazing Grace” in 2007. These albums accounted for ten singles on the Billboard Country Songs chart, including the #1 “Lost in This Moment.” Rich also co-wrote all of the duo's singles, primarily with Kenny.

After Big & Rich went on hiatus in 2007, Rich began work on a second solo album. In January 2009, Rich released his third solo single on Warner Bros. Records. The song, “Another You,” was the lead-off single to Rich's second studio album, “Son of a Preacher Man,” which was released in March 2009. He followed this song up with another single, “Shuttin' Detroit Down.” The song debuted at #34 on the Billboard Country Songs, becoming his first solo Top 40 hit eventually peaking at #12. A third single, “The Good Lord and the Man,” debuted at #59 on the Country Songs chart and peaked at #56.

In addition to his work in Big & Rich, John has co-written singles for multiple artists, including Faith Hill, Keith Anderson, Jason Aldean and Gretchen Wilson, as well as producing records for several other artists. He was the winner of the 2011 "Celebrity Apprentice."