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During his long reign as one of country music's most consistent chart kings, Clint Black has established a sterling reputation as a song poet, singer and showman. He has brought the music world a string of million-selling albums and more than 20 top-10 hits by continually urging his creative spirits to new heights.
"Every now and then I like to throw myself a curve ball, just to see which way I'll move," says Black with a chuckle. "You won't naturally move in any direction unless you make yourself."
Clint Black was born in New Jersey, but raised in Katy, Texas, a suburb of Houston. As a child, he listened to both country and rock & roll, but he didn't begin playing guitar until the age of 13, when he started playing harmonica. Two years later, he began writing songs, as well as performing in his brother Kevin's band, where he played bass and sang. In the early '80s, he began playing music on the streets of Katy, eventually working his way into coffeehouses, bars, and night clubs.
Hayden Nicholas was the first to join Clint Black in his creative endeavor. The struggling Houston honky-tonker met Nicholas in January 1987. They began to co-write and to record in Hayden's little studio. The first thing they got on tape was "Nobody's Home," which later became one of Black's chart-topping hits. That fall, Clint Black introduced his music to RCA Records, who subsequently released his debut album, "Killin' Time," in 1989.
He burst on the charts in February 1989 with "Better Man," the first of five consecutive No.1 hits from his debut album that made him the leader of the "new country" movement. By that summer, Black was playing arenas as a special guest on some of the biggest country tours. In October of that year, Clint Black was awarded the Country Music Association's prestigious Horizon Award for his achievements as a new artist.
His reputation spread like wildfire throughout 1990. Black became a huge media and fan favorite with his unflagging energy, professionalism, friendliness, magnetism and easy-going charm. "Killin' Time" was succeeded by "Put Yourself In My Shoes," which yielded four more top-10 hits and became his second multi-million seller. He won the CMA's Male Vocalist of the Year award, the American Music Award as Favorite New Male Country Artist and also received Album of the Year, Single of the Year, Best New Male Vocalist and Best Male Vocalist awards from the Academy of Country Music, all in one year.
Clint Black joined the cast of the Grand Ole Opry in January 1991. In mid-year the legendary Roy Rogers became the first of his duet partners. He and Lisa Hartman married that October. "The Hard Way" became his third album in early 1992; and Black promoted it with a lavish $250,000 stage production that was seen by more than a million people that year.
His duet with Wynonna, "A Bad Goodbye," became a massive hit in 1993 and their national tour together was named Concert of the Year by Playboy. "No Time To Kill" was issued as Black's fourth platinum CD. Contributing to "Common Thread: Songs of The Eagles," he recorded "Desperado," which found its own legs as a country radio favorite. That album earned the CMA's Album of the Year honor.
Thanks to a string of hits from his fifth CD, "One Emotion," Clint Black was named radio's most played country artist of 1994 by Billboard magazine. In September 1994, his Merle Haggard song collaboration "Untanglin' My Mind" hit the charts. Also in '94, Black staged his acting debut in TV's "Wings" and recorded "A Good Run of Bad Luck" for Mel Gibson's "Maverick," where he appeared as a gambler who was thrown overboard for cheating. The song, which was featured on the movie's soundtrack, also inspired Black's first foray into video directing.
Black continued to direct his own videos, including "Summer's Comin'," a star-studded video featuring appearances by Jay Leno, Dick Clark, Howie Mandel, David Hasselhoff, Joey Lawrence, Lee Sklar, George Kennedy, Gerald McRainey and Lisa Hartman Black.
In 1995, Clint Black issued his holiday collection of original compositions, "Looking for Christmas," and was still seeing success from back-to-back chart-topping singles from his "One Emotion" album.
The "Greatest Hits" album contained three new tunes. Two of them, "Like the Rain" and "Halfway Up," became his 23rd and 24th top-10 smashes.
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