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Clay Walker
Singer Clay Walker is performing on a stage, standing before a microphone and playing an acoustic guitar and wearing a black cowboy hat. To the right is a backing musician playing a five-string electric bass guitar. A drum kit is partially visible to the extreme right. To the left and above the singer's head is a logo reading "Gilley's Dallas."
Clay Walker performing in Dallas, Texas
Background information
Birth name Ernest Clayton Walker, Jr.[1][2]
Born August 19, 1969 (1969-08-19) (age 40)
Origin Beaumont, Texas, U.S.[3]
Genres Country
Occupations Singer
Years active 1993–present
Labels Giant, Warner Bros., RCA, Asylum-Curb
Associated acts Doug Johnson
Keith Stegall
James Stroud
Chely Wright
Website http://www.claywalker.com

Ernest Clayton "Clay" Walker, Jr. (born August 19, 1969) is an American country music artist. He made his debut in 1993 with the single "What's It to You," which reached Number One on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks (now Hot Country Songs) charts, as did its follow-up, 1994's "Live Until I Die." Both singles were included on Walker's self-titled debut album, also released in 1993 via Giant Records. He stayed with the label until its 2001 closure, later recording for Warner Bros. Records and RCA Records before joining his current label, Asylum-Curb Records, in 2007.

Walker has released a total of ten albums, including a greatest hits package and an album of Christmas music. His first four studio albums all achieved platinum certification in the United States, and his greatest hits collection and fifth studio album were each certified gold. In addition, he has charted thirty singles on the country charts, including four more Number One hits: "Dreaming with My Eyes Open," "If I Could Make a Living," "This Woman and This Man" and "Rumor Has It." His most recent single is "She Won't Be Lonely Long," the lead-off to an upcoming eleventh album.

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Biography

Ernest Clayton Walker, Jr. was born on August 19, 1969 in Beaumont, Texas to Ernest and Danna Walker.[4] The oldest of five children, Walker lived in Vidor with his father, who gave him a guitar when he was nine years old.[3] Walker began entering talent competitions at age fifteen. After leaving his shift as nighttime desk clerk at a Super 8 Motel in his teenage years, Walker stopped at a local radio station to deliver a tape of a song that he had written. Although the morning disc jockey told him that the station's policies prohibited playing self-submitted tapes, he played Walker's song and said that it was "too good to pass up."[5]

After graduating from Vidor High School in 1987,[6] Walker began working at a Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company plant.[4] At age nineteen, he also began touring as a musician in the state of Texas, playing at various local clubs and eventually finding work as the house singer at a bar in Beaumont called the Neon Armadillo.[3] In November 1992,[4] Walker was discovered by James Stroud, a record producer who was also the president of Warner Music Group subsidiary Giant Records.[3] Walker signed to Giant late in the year.

Musical career

Walker released his self-titled debut album in 1993 under Stroud's production. Its first single was "What's It to You;" written by Robert Ellis Orrall and Curtis Wright, this song reached #1 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks (now Hot Country Songs) charts and #73 on the Billboard Hot 100.[1] Its followup "Live Until I Die" (which Walker wrote), was released late in the year and became his second consecutive Number One in early 1994.[3] After those two singles came the #11 "Where Do I Fit in the Picture," which was originally the B-side of "What's It to You."[1] The album accounted for a third Number One hit in "Dreaming with My Eyes Open," a song that was also featured on the soundtrack to the 1994 film The Thing Called Love.[7] An additional cut from the album, "White Palace," charted at #67 on the country charts without being released as a single.[1]

Clay Walker was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America for shipments of one million copies.[8] It peaked at #8 on Top Country Albums, #2 on Top Heatseekers and #52 on the Billboard 200.[9] Larry Powell of Allmusic gave the album a four-and-a-half star rating, saying that Walker had a "high-energy" voice reminiscent of Conway Twitty.[10] Walker also received two award nominations in 1994: Star of Tomorrow award from TNN/Music City News and Top New Male Vocalist from the Academy of Country Music.[11]

1994–1995: If I Could Make a Living

If I Could Make a Living was the title of Walker's second album, released in 1994.[3] It produced two more Number One singles in the title track (co-written by Alan Jackson, Keith Stegall and Roger Murrah[12]) and 1995's "This Woman and This Man." This latter song spent two weeks at Number One, accounting for his first multi-week Number One hit.[1] After these two singles came the #16 "My Heart Will Never Know."[1] If I Could Make a Living went platinum in May 1995,[8] reaching #2 on the country albums charts.[9] Gordon Ely of the Richmond Times-Dispatch gave a favorable review, saying that "Walker has broken loose from Nashville's most recent crop of carefully crafted cowboys."[13] In 1994, Walker began touring as a headlining act in support of this album.[14]

1995–1996: Hypnotize the Moon

Late in 1995, Walker released his third studio album, titled Hypnotize the Moon. Although none of its singles reached Number One, Hypnotize the Moon produced two consecutive #2 hits in "Who Needs You Baby" (which Walker co-wrote) and the title track, followed by the #5 "Only on Days That End in 'Y'" and #18 "Bury the Shovel."[1] Hypnotize the Moon was certified platinum in 1996, making for Walker's third consecutive platinum album.[8]

This album received a four-star rating from Stephen Thomas Erlewine, who said that it was his "most assured, cohesive album to date" and that he gave a "consistently excellent performance."[15] Alanna Nash thought that Walker did not show a distinct musical personality, but considered the song selection strong, giving it a B+.[16] Richard McVey II of Country Standard Time considered it a "throwback" in sound to Walker's debut,[17] while USA Today said that it lacked the "verve" of that album.[18]

1996–1997: Rumor Has It

Having just completed the tracks for his fourth album in 1996, Walker was playing basketball with a friend, when he began to experience numbness, facial spasms, and double vision.[19] Magnetic resonance imaging revealed that he had multiple sclerosis (MS). Walker subsequently began changing his diet and treating the disease with a daily injection of Copaxone, sending his MS into an arrested state.[19]

Also in early 1996, Nu Millennia Media released Self Portrait, which included five of Walker's songs in an interactive CD-ROM format.[20] The disc also included 30 minutes of video footage.[21] He then released his fourth album, 1997's Rumor Has It, which he co-produced with Stroud.[11] Its title track, which was the first single released, became his sixth and final Number One single that year.[1] Other singles from the album included the Top 20 "One, Two, I Love You" and the Top 5 hits "Watch This" and "Then What?" at #4 and #2, respectively.[1] The latter also reached #65 on the Billboard Hot 100, making for his first entry on that chart since "What's It to You."[1] As with his three previous studio albums, Rumor Has It was also certified platinum.[8]

Larry Stephens of Country Standard Time gave this album a mostly-negative review, calling the songs "cookie-cutter" outside "I Need a Margarita."[22] Thom Owens of Allmusic also thought that it was formulaic, but considered Walker "able to make even mediocre material sound good," rating it three stars out of five.[23]

1998: Greatest Hits

In April 1998, Walker charted with a live rendition of Earl Thomas Conley's "Holding Her and Loving You." This rendition spent nine weeks on the charts and peaked at #68.[1] One month later, he debuted his sixteenth single, "Ordinary People." Peaking at #35, this was one of two new songs included on his Greatest Hits album. That album's other new track, "You're Beginning to Get to Me," made its debut in August 1998. It peaked at #2 on the country charts and #39 on the Hot 100 in January 1999,[1] the same month in which Greatest Hits was certified gold.[8] Also in 1998, Walker performed a sold-out show at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.[11]

1999–2000: Live, Laugh, Love

1999's Live, Laugh, Love was co-produced by Doug Johnson, who succeeded Stroud as Giant Records' president.[24] Regarding this album's production and promotion, Giant Records' senior director of marketing Connie Baer said that she wanted to raise Walker's profile as an artist, as both she and Johnson thought that he did not have the reccognition of other artists with similar album sales and chart success.[24]

This album was led off by the #16 country and #74 pop hit "She's Always Right," which was co-written by Lonestar's then-lead singer Richie McDonald.[25] After this song came the title track at #11 country and #65 pop.[1] "The Chain of Love," written by Rory Lee Feek and Jonnie Barnett, was the album's third and most successful single, reaching #3 on the country charts and #40 on the Hot 100.[1] Both it and "Once in a Lifetime Love," the fourth single, first charted from unsolicited airplay received while "Live, Laugh, Love" was climbing the charts.[1][24] "Once in a Lifetime Love," upon its release, became his lowest-peaking single release, reaching #50.[1] The album also included a studio version of the Earl Thomas Conley cover.[26]

Erlewine gave the album three stars on Allmusic, where he wrote that it "never really distinguishes itself from its predecessors" but "has its moments."[27] Country Standard Time critic Brian Wahlert also thought that the album was inconsistent, saying that "She's Always Right," "The Chain of Love" and the Conley cover were its strongest tracks, but that the rest "treads no new ground."[28] Deborah Evans Price of Billboard was more favorable, saying that it showed the energy of his live shows, and that he "cut loose" with soul singing on "This Time Love."[26]

In late 2000, Walker recorded two tracks on Believe: A Christmas Collection, a multi-artist Christmas music album released by Giant.[29] These two tracks — a cover version of Elvis Presley's "Blue Christmas" and the original song "Cowboy Christmas" — both made appearances on the country charts, reaching #51 and #70, respectively.[1]

2001–2002: Say No More and Christmas

Walker released his twenty-third single, "Say No More," for Giant in early 2001. It was the first single release from his sixth studio album, also titled Say No More. "Say No More" peaked at #33 on the country charts, and the album's only other single, the Jerry Kilgore co-write "If You Ever Feel Like Lovin' Me Again," reached #27.[1] This latter song was promoted by Giant's parent company, Warner Bros. Records Nashville, as Giant had closed in late 2001.[1] Walker co-produced the album with Byron Gallimore, Brent Mason and Blake Mevis.[30] The album also included a song that he wrote in high school, as well as a cover of Ritchie Valens' "La Bamba."[31]

Maria Konicki Dinoia of Allmusic rated it three stars, with her review saying that "the sensitivity on this album is so expressive that it makes you want to run right out and hug the one you love."[30] Country Standard Time critic considered it a transition to a more country pop-oriented sound, describing the album as being "full of bad lyrics and overwrought production clichés."[31]

In 2002, Walker wrote and recorded a song for the National Football League's newest expansion team at the time, the Houston Texans. Titled "Football Time in Houston," the song was used as the team's official fight song during its inaugural season.[32] In an interview with CMT, he said that he donated the song to the city of Houston,[33] and that he sings "The Star-Spangled Banner" at the team's opening game every season.[33]

Although he had left Warner Bros. for RCA Records' Nashville division in May 2002,[34] Warner Bros. released a Christmas music album entitled Christmas in September of the same year.[35] It included a cover of José Feliciano's "Feliz Navidad," which Walker took to #49 on the country charts in January 2003.[1]

2003–2004: A Few Questions

Walker's first single release for RCA, "A Few Questions," debuted in April 2003. The song spent twenty-seven weeks on the country charts and peaked at #9, making for his first Top Ten since "The Chain of Love" three years previous.[36] This was the first single from his first RCA album, also titled A Few Questions. Its second single, the Chely Wright co-write "I Can't Sleep,"[37] also peaked at #9 in early 2004.[1] The third and final single was the #31 "Jesus Was a Country Boy,"[1] which Walker wrote with Rivers Rutherford. A Few Questions accounted for his second-highest peak on the country albums charts, reaching #3.[9]

Erlewine rated this album two-and-a-half stars out of five on Allmusic. He considered the album more country pop-oriented than Walker's work for Giant, saying that this change in sound made it not "feel like a Clay Walker album."[38] Dan McIntosh gave a mostly-negative review for Country Standard Time, where he wrote that "even his passionate singing cannot rise above this album's predictable lyrics and lame arrangements."[39]

2005–2007: Fall

Walker was signed his third record deal in July 2005, this time with the Asylum-Curb division of Curb Records.[40] His first single for the label, "'Fore She Was Mama," reached a peak of #21 in March 2007.[1] It was included on his album Fall, which was produced by Keith Stegall.[41] The album's title cut, "Fall," was written by Clay Mills along with former Mercury Records artist Shane Minor and former Exile member Sonny LeMaire.[42] It was the second single release from Fall, going to #5 on the country charts and #55 on the Hot 100.[1] The album's third and final single was "She Likes It in the Morning," with a #43 country peak.[1] Fall also included a duet with Freddy Fender, the first duet of Walker's career, on a cover of Fender's debut single "Before the Next Teardrop Falls."[43] Walker and Fender recorded this duet in early 2006; Fender died of lung cancer in October of the same year.[44]

Erlewine gave a three-and-a-half star rating, saying that Stegall's production gave it a more traditional sound in comparison to A Few Questions, and that, despite having some "sappy" songs, it was his "most enjoyable collection in some time."[41] The 9513 reviewer Brady Vercher rated it three stars out of five, praising Walker's vocal performance but saying that the song selection "seemed to be lacking in everything but fluff."[43] Country Standard Time reviewer Jeffrey B. Remz wrote that Walker showed "a very pleasant country voice with a good sense of emotion" and that the production was more country-sounding than most mainstream acts, but said that it had several "generic" songs.[45]

2009–present: She Won't Be Lonely Long

Walker's second album for Asylum-Curb was first announced in June 2009.[46] Its first single, "She Won't Be Lonely Long," was given an official release date of December 2009,[47] although it had already entered the country charts in late November.[48] Great American Country reported that the album will also include a duet with former Alabama lead singer Randy Owen on a cover of the band's 1981 single "Feels So Right."[46] In advance of his ninth album, Walker released an extended play titled She Won't Be Lonely Long.[49] The album, which will also be titled She Won't Be Lonely Long, is slated for a May 2010 release.[50]

Musical image and influences

In 1994, Bob Cannon of Entertainment Weekly wrote that Walker's image of a "Resistol hat, sturdy cowpoke face, and very tight jeans" seemed to be from a "Country Music Handbook for Success," but also said that he "ignores the danger of being dismissed as just another hunk in a hat."[4] Walker has been compared to Mark Chesnutt and Tracy Byrd, both of whom are also Beaumont, Texas natives who began their careers shortly before Walker did.[14] Of the comparison among the three, Rick Koster wrote in the book Texas Music that Walker's success came more quickly than that of Chesnutt or Byrd.[14] Kurt Wolff and Orla Duane, authors of Country Music: The Rough Guide, said that he "had loads of youthful energy, a golden Texas twang, and, of course, plenty of boyish good looks."[51] They also called his music "relatively tame" but said that "his Texas bar-room roots remain clearly visible in his voice and songs."[51] Regarding Walker's onstage persona, former Warner Bros. executive Bill Mayne told Billboard magazine in 1997 that Walker has "maintained a low profile" but that he "really touches people and connects."[52]

Walker described his voice to CMT as "raspy [and] rugged."[37] He cites George Jones (also a Beaumont native) as a primary influence, as well as James Taylor and Bob Seger; he has also said that, because he grew up in a largely African-American neighborhood, his singing style was influenced by rhythm and blues music.[53] In addition, he said that after his diagnosis, he realized that "you need to love your family" and said that, because he considered his songs positive in nature, he felt that he could connect to younger listeners.[52]

Personal life

Before the release of his first single, Walker married a rodeo queen named Lori Jane Lampson.[54] They had two daughters: MaClay DaLayne, born in 1996,[37][54] and Skylor, born in 2000.[55] The couple divorced in early 2007.[44] On September 28, 2007, Walker maried model Jessica Craig.[56] They have had two children: a son, William Clayton, born in 2008, and a daughter, Mary Elizabeth, who was born on December 27, 2009.[57][58]

Walker has participated in several forms of charity to help raise awareness of MS, including his own non-profit charity, Band Against MS, which he founded in 2003.[59] In 2008, he received a Humanitarian Award for his charitable efforts in relations to MS,[60] and participated in a charity golf tournament benefiting his organization.[61]

Discography

Albums

Number-one singles

Awards

Year Association Category Result
1994 TNN/Music City News Star of Tomorrow[11] Nominated
Academy of Country Music Top New Male Vocalist[11] Nominated

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