Billy Currington celebrates ninth number one
Time sure flies when you're having fun … or even when you're just enjoying the moment.
For Billy Currington, the success of a single called "We Are Tonight" was finally realized back on October 15 when he was surrounded by friends and industry peers to celebrate his ninth chart-topping hit. Joining him for the celebration were the song's three writers, Marc Beeson, Josh Osborne and a rising country newcomer in his own right, Sam Hunt.
When Currington finally took the mic that evening, he not only thanked every person in the room for being there, he thanked them for showing up to celebrate the song's success. It was another in what has been a string of No. 1 hits with his label, Mercury Records, and there will certainly be more to come when Currington releases his new (as of yet untitled) album next year.
Currington recently released "Don't It," the first official single from the aforementioned new album. He recently told The Boot the song was one of the first cut for the new project, and the sound really guides the new direction of the album. The lyrics go, 'Baby Don't Say No So Quick / This ain't me trying to see how far that I can get / But I ain't gonna lie / I wouldn't mind just a little bit of you eye to eye, lips on lips.'
Next spring, Currington will hit the road with the new music and says he looks forward to playing it live. Fans should keep an eye (or an ear) out for an announcement to snag their Billy Currington tickets.
Billy Currington looks forward to 'Tonight' (Updated July 5, 2013)
It should be a September to remember for Billy Currington. The singer/songwriter is slated to release a new album titled "We Are Tonight" on September 17, 2013 on Mercury Records. It will mark his first album of new material since 2010's "Enjoy Yourself."
Currington's lead single off the upcoming album, "Hey Girl," was released to country radio in March. Plus there are some other surprises on the album, which was produced by Carson Chamberlain, Dann Huff and Shy Carter. They include Currington's cover of Jack Johnson's "Banana Pancakes" and Willie Nelson singing on "Hard to be a Hippie."
Though the back half of 2013 looks bright for Currington, the year hasn't been all sunshine and rainbows. He was indicted by a Chatham County, Georgia Grand Jury on April 24 on felony criminal charges of "abuse of an elder person by inflicting mental anguish" and "making terroristic threats." Both charges stem from an incident involving a boat captain on April 15. Currington was released from a Georgia jail after posting $27,700 bond, but faces a prison term of 1-5 years if convicted.
Currington is busy touring coast-to-coast this summer and into the fall, with dates currently booked through October. That includes stops at Webster Hall in New York City on September 5, the Starland Ballroom in Sayreville, NJ on September 7 and the House of Blues in Boston on the 15th.
About Billy Currington
Billy Currington was just 12 years old when he penned the chorus to what would become his very first single. "Walk a Little Straighter," released in 2003, drew heavily on Currington's experiences with an alcoholic father. That title track, in many ways, would also become a metaphor for the singer's life, which has had a lot more ups than downs since he landed a recording contract with Mercury Records in 2003.
A Georgia native, Currington was back and forth to Nashville while also holding down jobs for a concrete company and working as a personal trainer. While he played gigs at clubs and various watering holes, he also found the time to cut demos. One of them was put on hold by singer Mark Wills, and would lead to Currington's big break on the country music scene. "Walk a Little Straighter" would peak at No. 8 on the Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart, finally giving Currington a stronger hold in the industry.
Currington's four albums have produced nine singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts, including six No. 1 hits: "Must Be Doin' Something Right," "Good Directions," "People Are Crazy," "That's How Country Boys Roll," "Pretty Good at Drinkin' Beer" and "Let Me Down Easy." He was also on the charts as a duet partner with Shania Twain on the single, "Party For Two," though the pop version released in Europe and remixed for clubs instead featured Mark McGrath.
The country crooner shut down his tour and sought treatment in late 2007, revealing first to Nashville's Tennessean newspaper and later to a multitude of media outlets that he had endured more than a decade of abuse from his stepfather. The 30-day recovery period at Arizona's Sierra Tucson led to an extended break in Hawaii, where he worked with therapists who specialized in childhood trauma. When he emerged it was to consecutive chart-topping singles and a new wave of success.
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