Clay Walker Biography

Ernest Clayton Walker, 19 August 1969, Beaumont, Texas, USA. From the same city and similar strand of country music as Tracy Byrd and Mark Chesnutt, the US country singer Walker owes much of his vocal style to George Strait. He was taught guitar by his father at a young age and started to write songs as soon as he knew enough chords. Walker was no overnight success, and toured throughout the USA and Canada, playing bars and small clubs, building a reputation and desperately trying to attract attention. He finally secured a contract with Giant Records in Nashville. His debut single in 1993, ‘What’s It To You’, was a US country number 1. The debut album, Clay Walker, did well on the US country charts and the single ‘Live Until I Die’ also topped the charts. Walker enjoyed a string of hit singles throughout the 90s and into the new millennium, including ‘If I Could Make A Living’, ‘This Woman And This Man’, ‘Then What’, ‘Rumor Has It’, and ‘Chain Of Love’. He relocated to RCA Records following the release of 2001’s Say No More, making his debut for the label two years later with A Few Questions.

Source: The Encyclopedia of Popular Music by Colin Larkin. Licensed from Muze.

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