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Ty Herndon
Birth name Boyd Tyrone Herndon
Born May 2, 1962 (1962-05-02) (age 47), Meridian, Mississippi, USA[1]
Origin Butler, Alabama, USA
Genres Country
Occupations Singer
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1995-present
Labels Epic, Riviera, Titan/Pyramid
Associated acts Stephanie Bentley, Gary Burr

Boyd Tyrone "Ty" Herndon (born May 2, 1962, in Meridian, Mississippi) is an American country music singer. Signed to Epic Records in 1995, Herndon made his debut that year with the Number One single "What Mattered Most", followed by the release of his first album, also entitled What Mattered Most. This album was followed one year later by Living in a Moment, which produced his second Number One country hit in its title track.

Herndon released three more albums for Epic — Big Hopes (1998), Steam (1999), and This Is Ty Herndon: Greatest Hits (2000) — although none matched the success of his first two releases, and he was dropped from Epic in 2001. He recorded a Christmas album in 2002 for the Riviera label, followed by his fifth studio album (2007's Right About Now) and a second Christmas compilation for the Titan Pyramid label.

Herndon has charted a total of 17 singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts. This figure includes three Number ones — "What Mattered Most," "Living in a Moment" and "It Must Be Love" — and four additional Top Ten hits: "I Want My Goodbye Back," "Loved Too Much," "A Man Holding On (To a Woman Letting Go)" and "Hands of a Working Man."



Early career

Boyd Tyrone Herndon was born in Meridian, Mississippi, but raised in Butler, Alabama.[1] He became involved in music as a teenager, playing the piano and singing Gospel music. Shortly after graduating from Austin High School in Decatur, Alabama, Herndon moved to Nashville to pursue a career in music. This did not prove to be easy, however, and after 10 years, he moved to Texas. He gained a loyal following on the Texas honkytonk circuit and, in 1993, Herndon won Texas Entertainer of the Year. Later that year, Herndon was signed to Epic Records.

Herndon made his chart debut in early 1995 with "What Mattered Most" which went to #1 on the Hot Country Singles & Tracks charts. This song served as the title track to his debut album, which was released in April 1995 and became a top 10 country album. The song was added to 133 radio stations' playlists in its first week, breaking a record set by Tracy Lawrence.[2] The album itself debuted at #15 on Top Country Albums and #1 on Top Heatseekers, the highest debut for a country artist since Billy Ray Cyrus' Some Gave All in 1992.[3] In addition, it had the biggest first-week shipment in the history of Epic Records' Nashville division.[4]

"I Want My Goodbye Back," the album's second single, peaked at #7. He won the Best New Artist Award at the 1995 Country Radio Music Awards and received various other nominations throughout the year. The album also produced two more singles: "Heart Half Empty" (a duet with Stephanie Bentley, who was also signed to Epic at the time) and "In Your Face", the latter of which failed to make Top 40. What Mattered Most was certified gold by the RIAA.

In July 1995, Herndon was arrested in Fort Worth, Texas, at Gateway Park by an undercover male police officer who alleged that Herndon was soliciting sex.[5][6] It was reported that Herndon exposed himself in front of the officer, although Herndon professed to be urinating. When taken into custody, he was also discovered to be in possession of 2.49 grams of methamphetamine. A plea bargain saw the singer sentenced to community service and drug rehabilitation, and the charge of indecent exposure was dropped.[1][7]

Living in a Moment, Big Hopes and Steam

Herndon's second album, Living in a Moment debuted at #6 on the Top Country Albums charts.[1] The album's leadoff single, which was its title track, also reached Number One on the country charts. After this song, he released the #2 "Loved Too Much," the #21 "She Wants to Be Wanted Again" (previously cut by Western Flyer), and the #17 "I Have to Surrender." This album also included a song called "I Know How the River Feels," later released as a single by two other artists: in 1999 by Diamond Rio from the album Unbelievable, and in 2000 by McAlyster.

Big Hopes, his third album, followed in 1998. The leadoff single, "A Man Holding On (To a Woman Letting Go)" reached Top 5, while the follow-up single "It Must Be Love" (featuring backing vocals from Doug Virden and Drew Womack, then members of Sons of the Desert) gave Herndon his third and final #1. The third single, "Hands of a Working Man," becoming his last Top 5.

In 1999, his fourth studio album, Steam, was released. The first single, the title track, was a Top 20 hit but did not see the same success as Herndon's other lead singles from his first three albums. "No Mercy" was released next in 2000 and peaked at #26, while two more singles from the album both failed to make Top 40.

Personal issues

By 2000, Herndon was no longer being played on radio and by 2002 he had stopped touring. Thus began both a professional and personal downward slide that included a divorce from his second wife, bankruptcy, a weight gain of 75 pounds[8], a mugging in Los Angeles by three men at gunpoint[9], a lawsuit from a California dentist claiming that Herndon had not paid for emergency dental work[10] and another lawsuit from a former manager for breach of contract.[11] In 2004, he entered a drug and alcohol rehabilitation facility for the second time[12].

Departure from Epic Records

In 2002, a new single titled "Heather's Wall" was released, peaking at #37 on the country charts. Although it was his highest charting single since "No Mercy" in 2000, its poor chart performance forced Herndon and his record executives to shelve the newly recorded album for which "Heather's Wall" would have served as lead single. Instead, Herndon put out a Greatest Hits compilation titled This Is Ty Herndon: Greatest Hits. "A Few Short Years" was the only new track released from that album, and after it failed to enter Top 40, Herndon exited Epic's roster.

Herndon released a Christmas album, A Not So Silent Night, in 2002 through his fan club and official website. In 2003 the Christmas album was repackaged with additional content and released on the independent label Riviera/Liquid8 Records.[1] Herndon was then signed to Titan Pyramid Records in 2006. On January 9, 2007, his album Right About Now was released[1] — his first full studio album since 1999's Steam. Right About Now's title track was the first single released. However, both it and the followup, "Mighty Mighty Love" (previously recorded by Lila McCann), failed to reach the country charts. A second Christmas album followed later in 2007.


Herndon has raised money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital, the Special Olympics and the Drug Abuse Resistance Education program[13]. He has also been involved with equine therapy for children.

Current Projects

In 2010 Herndon will be releasing an album of self-penned Contemporary Christian songs called "Journey On". He is also working on a country music CD.


Ty Herndon discography
Studio albums 7
Compilation albums 1
Singles 20
No. 1 Singles 3

Studio albums

Year Album details Peak chart positions[14][15] Certifications
(sales thresholds)
US Country US US
CAN Country
1995 What Mattered Most 9 68 1 3
1996 Living in a Moment
  • Released: August 13, 1996
  • Label: Epic Nashville
6 65 18
  • US certification: Gold[16]
1998 Big Hopes
  • Released: May 26, 1998
  • Label: Epic Nashville
22 140 31
1999 Steam
  • Released: November 2, 1999
  • Label: Epic Nashville
14 124
2007 Right About Now
  • Released: January 9, 2007
  • Label: Titan Pyramid
41 24
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Compilation albums

Year Album details Peak positions
US Country
2002 This Is Ty Herndon: Greatest Hits
  • Released: March 26, 2002
  • Label: Epic Nashville

Christmas albums

Year Album details
2003 A Not So Silent Night
  • Released: September 23, 2003
  • Label: Riviera
2007 A Ty Herndon Christmas
  • Released: October 23, 2007
  • Label: Titan Pyramid


Year Single Peak positions[15][17] Album
US Country US CAN Country
1995 "What Mattered Most" 1 90 1 What Mattered Most
"I Want My Goodbye Back" 7 9
1996 "Heart Half Empty" (with Stephanie Bentley) 21 12
"In Your Face" 63 58
"Living in a Moment" 1 1 Living in a Moment
1997 "She Wants to Be Wanted Again" 21 19
"Loved Too Much" 2 2
"I Have to Surrender" 17 14
1998 "A Man Holdin' On (To a Woman Letting Go)" 5 81 14 Big Hopes
"It Must Be Love" 1 38 10
1999 "Hands of a Working Man" 5 47 18
"Steam" 18 83 19 Steam
2000 "No Mercy" 26 92 44
"A Love Like That" 58 70
2002 "Heather's Wall" 37 * Non-album song
"A Few Short Years" 55 * This Is Ty Herndon: Greatest Hits
2006 "Right About Now" Right About Now
2007 "Mighty Mighty Love"
2008 "Before We Make Love" Non-album song
"—" denotes releases that did not chart
* denotes unknown peak positions

Other charted songs

Year Single Peak positions
US Country
2000 "You Can Leave Your Hat On" 72 Steam

Music videos

Year Video Director
1995 "What Mattered Most" Steven Goldmann
"I Want My Goodbye Back"
1996 "Heart Half Empty" (with Stephanie Bentley)
"Living in a Moment"
1997 "She Wants to Be Wanted Again"
"I Have to Surrender"
1998 "A Man Holding On (To a Woman Lettin' Go)"
1999 "Hands of a Working Man" Chris Rogers
"Steam" Steven Goldmann
2000 "No Mercy" Eric Welch
2002 "Heather's Wall" Guy Guillet


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  4. ^ "TY HERNDON MAKES MORE HISTORY WITH SINGLE/ALBUM". PR Newswire. 04-10-1995. Retrieved 2009-05-19.  
  5. ^ "Out and About, Gay Country". Retrieved 2008-05-10.  
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