Certain artists just seem to have an innate sense of what it takes to please an audience. Clay Walker is one of those artists. Whether on stage or in the recording studio, Walker never gives less than a hundred percent, and it's that kind of dedicated work ethic combined with God-given talent that have made him one of the most successful country acts of the past decade.
He first topped the Billboard country singles chart in 1993 with "What's It to You" and followed with his second consecutive No. 1 hit, "Live Until I Die." Since then he's placed 31 titles on Billboard's singles chart including such additional chart toppers as "Dreaming with my Eyes Open," "If I Could Make Living," "This Woman and This Man," and "Rumor Has It." (The latter two songs each spent two weeks at the summit.) He's enjoyed his share of success at the cash registers and has consistently been one of the busiest artists on the road. He's scored four platinum-selling albums, signifying sales of a million units, and two gold albums, discs that sold over 500,0000 units.
However, that doesn't mean Walker has any intention of resting on his laurels. The talented Texan has teamed with acclaimed producer Keith Stegall to record his first album for Curb Records. "He's a great producer," Walker says. "I've always been a fan, but for whatever reason just have not had the opportunity to work with him. He's one of the few producers that really allow the lyric of the song to carry the song more than trying to put huge production around it. He gives the lyric room to breathe in a song and I think that's real important."
After more than a decade in the national spotlight, Clay Walker believes the best is yet to come. "I trust my gut more than ever now," he says. "I definitely don't feel like a rookie, but at the same time, I think the best years of my recording career are ahead of me. I believe if the good Lord wants it, who's going to stop it?"
As "The Queen of Country", Reba McEntire has infused more energy and passion into her music and acclaimed tour dates than nearly any other female country music star in history. As the best-selling female country musician of all time, Reba has released 19 platinum albums and has won more Top Female Vocalist Awards from the Academy of Country Music than anyone in history. Her latest album has inspired yet another of McEntire's popular concert schedules, and she will kick off 2011 tour dates on the All the Women I Am Tour this fall.
Reba McEntire broke into mainstream country by showcasing her talent using the hits of her favorite musicians. My Kind of Country featured classic hits from yesteryear and showed the world what McEntire was capable of. The artist's popularity really took off in the 90s, beginning with For My Broken Heart, which was inspired by and dedicated to members of her backing band that had died in a plane crash following a tour date. The 90s were full of platinum, chart topping albums and sold-out concert schedules for McEntire, and the singer continued that streak well into the 2000s.
The hit artist's latest release, All the Women I Am, has been excellently received by critics and, after being released in late 2010, is well on its way to going gold. While it does, fans can enjoy 2011 tour dates on Reba McEntire's All the Women I Am Tour which begins on August 1. Various concert dates will also feature opening acts like Victoria Banks and The Band Perry, with the concert schedule ending on November 19.