17 November 1977, Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada. At the age of 11 Lines was taught guitar by an open-minded tutor who encouraged him to play all kinds of music, including country. He also began singing and soon added songwriting to his list of accomplishments. With a brother and a school friend he formed a band and also appeared on a local radio station, singing his own songs. This led to live appearances in neighbourhood bars. Not long afterwards, now a young adult, he moved first to Edmonton where he studied at the university. A demo tape he had made was sent to an Arista Records executive, which led to a spell in Los Angeles, California. Lines began polishing his writing skills and developing new aspects of the craft before, in 1999, heading for Nashville, Tennessee. During this period he set up a show to draw attention not only to his songwriting but also to his performing. When a record deal fell through, he went on tour, opening for another Canadian singer, Paul Brandt. Releasing some singles he had financed himself, Lines was noticed and picked up nominations at the 2001 Canadian Country Music Awards and the 2002 Juno Awards.
Meanwhile, back in Nashville in 2001, Lines had again tried a showcase gig and this time won a contract with RCA Records. With the majority of the songs on his major label debut Living Out Loud from his own pen, the result was a very personal statement of his musical intentions. The album was a big success and a nationwide tour followed. He also picked up Canadian Country Music awards as Rising Star and Male Artist Of The Year. By the mid-00s, he was again living in Canada, in Calgary, where he felt he could maintain the high level of creativity necessary to writing new music on a fairly continuous basis.
Source: The Encyclopedia of Popular Music by Colin Larkin. Licensed from Muze.