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Chuck Wicks

Background information
Birth name Charles Elliott Wicks[1]
Born June 20, 1979 (1979-06-20) (age 30)[2]
Origin Smyrna, Delaware, USA[3][4]
Genres Country
Occupations Singer-songwriter
Instruments Vocals
Years active 2007-present
Labels RCA Nashville
Associated acts Steve Holy, Julianne Hough

Charles Elliott "Chuck" Wicks (born June 20, 1979 in Smyrna, Delaware) is an American country music artist. He was one of the participants on the American reality series Nashville, which aired on Fox Networks for two episodes before its cancellation in mid-2007. In late 2007, he signed to RCA Records Nashville as a recording artist, with his debut single "Stealing Cinderella" being released in September of that year. It served as the lead-off to his debut album Starting Now, which was released in January 2008. "All I Ever Wanted" and "Man of the House" were released as the album's second and third singles, respectively, and both have charted in the Top 40 as well. In addition to his musical career, Wicks has appeared alongside then-girlfriend Julianne Hough on Dancing with the Stars.


Personal Life

Chuck Wicks was raised on a potato farm in the community of Smyrna, Delaware.[5] In January 2009, his charity concert in his hometown of Smyrna raised $25,000 for the Smyrna-Clayton Boys and Girls Club.[6]

In August 2008, Wicks began dating fellow country singer Julianne Hough, who is a professional dancer and two-time champion on Dancing with the Stars.[7] They announced a mutual break-up on November 10, 2009.[8]

Music career

Wanting to pursue a career in country music, he moved to Nashville, Tennessee after quitting college two classes short of graduation from Florida Southern College.[4] He then began to hone his songwriting skills, penning more than one hundred songs per year at one point, and one of his songs, "Lead Me On", was recorded by Steve Holy on his 2006 album Brand New Girlfriend. Eventually, Wicks caught the attention of RCA Records executives, who signed him to a recording contract in late 2007. While he was working on his debut album, Wicks was also picked as a cast member for Fox Networks' reality TV series Nashville.[9] Due to poor ratings, however, Nashville was cancelled after its second episode.

RCA then released Wicks' debut single, "Stealing Cinderella", which he co-wrote with George Teren and Rivers Rutherford. He debuted the song at his first Grand Ole Opry appearance in August 2007.[3][10]Shortly after the song's release, University of Tennessee football coach Phillip Fulmer heard it. Fulmer said the song "hit [him] like a ton of bricks," so he contacted Wicks, arranging a private performance at his daughter Courtney's wedding.[11]

The single produced the biggest debut for any new country artist in all of 2007, with fifty-two of the stations on Billboard's survey adding it in its first official week of airplay.[11][12] It was also the fastest-climbing debut country single in 2007,[13] reaching a peak of #5 on the country charts in January, as well as #56 on the Billboard Hot 100. The song was included on Wicks' debut album Starting Now, which was released on January 22, 2008[14] and peaked at #7 on the Top Country Albums charts. Wicks co-wrote all but one of the album's tracks. "All I Ever Wanted" was released in April 2008 as the album's second single, and peaked at #14 by the end of the year. A third single, "Man of the House", followed in January 2009, entering Top 40 in February, and peaked at #27.

On November 10, 2009, Wicks announced that he has started to work on his second album. The album's first single is "Hold That Thought," which was released in March.

Dancing with the Stars performances

Wicks and Hough competed as a couple on the eighth season of Dancing with the Stars. Their first performance took place on March 9, 2009, and he was eliminated from the show on April 28.

Week # Dance/Song Judges' scoring Result
Inaba Goodman Tonioli
1 Waltz/"Are You Lonesome Tonight?" 6 7 7 No Elimination
2 Salsa/"Say Hey (I Love You)" 7 6 7 Safe
3 Foxtrot/"All I Want To Do" 8 7 8 Safe
4 Lindy Hop/"Summertime Blues" 8 7 7 Safe
5 Viennese Waltz/"Feels Like Today" 8 7 8 Safe
6 Rumba/"She Will Be Loved" 8 7 8 Safe
7 Samba/"Baila, Baila" 9 9 9 Safe
8 Cha-Cha-Cha/ "I'm Outta Love"
Team Mambo/ "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)"


Studio albums

Year Album Chart Positions
US Country US
2008 Starting Now 7 24


Year Single Peak chart positions Album
US Country US CAN Country CAN
2007 "Stealing Cinderella"A 5 56 11 81 Starting Now
2008 "All I Ever Wanted" 14 86 41
2009 "Man of the House" 27
2010 "Hold That Thought"B TBD
"—" denotes releases that did not chart
  • A "Stealing Cinderella" also peaked at #99 on the U.S. Billboard Pop 100.
  • BTo be released.

Music videos

Year Video Director
2007 "Stealing Cinderella" Kristin Barlowe
2008 "All I Ever Wanted"


  1. ^ As listed in ASCAP database.
  2. ^ "Birthdays". Country Weekly 15 (13): 62. 2008-06-30. 
  3. ^ a b Cheeseman, Ali (2007-08-21). "Smyrna native rising Nashville country star". DelawareState News. Retrieved 2007-09-15. 
  4. ^ a b Jeffries, David. "Chuck Wicks biography". Allmusic. Retrieved 2008-01-07. 
  5. ^ "Chuck Wicks". Great American Country.,,GAC_26071_5706057,00.html. Retrieved 2007-09-15. 
  6. ^ Chuck Wicks Helps Raise $25,000 People, January 26, 2009
  7. ^ Finan, Eileen (2008-08-20). "Julianne Hough: I'm Dating an 'Awesome' Guy". People.,,20220297,00.html. Retrieved 2008-08-21. 
  8. ^ Dam, Julie (2098-11-10). "Source: Julianne Hough and Chuck Wicks Split". People.,,20318934,00.html. Retrieved 2009-11-11. 
  9. ^ "Chuck Wicks". Retrieved 2007-09-15. 
  10. ^ "Chuck Wicks Kicks Off Whirlwind Weekend with Grand Ole Opry Debut". RCA Records. 2007-08-21. Retrieved 2007-09-15. 
  11. ^ a b "Chuck Wicks performs "Stealing Cinderella" at wedding of UT coach's daughter". Country Standard Time. 2007-10-01. Retrieved 2007-11-11. 
  12. ^ "Chuck Wicks debut single". Country Standard Time. 2007-09-17. Retrieved 2007-11-11. 
  13. ^ "Chuck Wicks achieves fastest rising single from debut artist". Country Standard Time. 2007-12-17. Retrieved 2007-12-19. 
  14. ^ "Chuck Wicks biography". Retrieved 2007-11-25. 

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