What could a recording artist who has sold millions of albums, performed for sellout crowds and racked up hit after hit possibly have left to prove? For Clay Walker, the answer is nothing. And everything.
And why not when you're speaking of four platinum and two gold albums that sold more than eight million copies combined? Among Walker's 11 No. 1 singles are "Live Until I Die," "If I Could Make A Living, "This Woman And This Man," "Then What" and "Chain Of Love."
Walker's accomplishments don't end there. He is the only artist to have one of his songs included five years consecutively in Billboard's year-end Top 10 country list. He's also been one of country's top 10-grossing touring acts several times.
Certainly sure-handed to this point in his career, Clay Walker has, if anything, tightened his artistic grip. He has become secure in himself - accepting of his strengths while mindful of his challenges. That sense of self has instructed his view of the world and continues to shape his musical journey.
The accumulated experiences that have shaped his life and music trace all the way back to teenage years spent
performing in and around his hometown of Beaumont, Texas. They include the devotion he has to his wife and two daughters, his ongoing fight with multiple sclerosis (currently in remission), and most importantly his abiding, life-long faith, which Walker continues to embrace and explore.
Clay Walker knows he has been true to himself, and thus completely honest as a recording artist. "There's no safety net in this music. Everything that has happened to me gave me a newfound courage. I'm dangerous right now because I feel I've got nothing to lose. I'm coming out swinging."
Clay Walker began playing guitar at age 9 and played the area honky-tonks as a teenager. He signed to Giant Records, a small label compared to the majors in Nashville, and his commercial sound proved lucrative. Released in 1993, his first two singles reached No. 1, and he emerged as a popular live performer, especially in Texas. By the end of 1998, he had notched a dozen Top 5 hits, and his first four studio albums were certified platinum. Within two years, his "Greatest Hits" and the follow-up album "Live, Laugh, Love" were certified gold.
When Giant Records shuttered in 2001, he released a "Christmas" album on Warner Bros. in 2002 and "A
Few Questions" on RCA in 2003.
Ranked as one of the Top 10 biggest touring acts of 1997 by Amusement Business, Clay Walker is one of country music's most consistently successful contemporary stars. After his 1998 SRO appearance before 55,000 fans at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, one of the largest and most coveted gigs in country music, Houston Chronicle critic Rick Mitchell called him "a bonafide superstar."
Hit songs include --
- Dreaming With My Eyes Open
- If I Could Make a Living
- Live Until I Die
- Rumor Has It
- This Woman and This Man
- What's It to You
- Hypnotize the Moon
- Then What
- Who Needs You Baby
- You're Beginning to Get to Me
- The Chain of Love
- Watch This
- Only on Days That End in "Y"
- I Can't Sleep
- Where Do I Go From You
Clay Walker may be available for your next special event!
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Born: ..in Texas
Aug 19, 1969