Claudia Church

Decades Active: 1990s

Biography

North Carolina, USA. Church wanted to be a country singer from the age of five, when she first listened to the Grand Ole Opry radio show from car radios in the junkyard owned by her grandfather in rural North Carolina. She sang in local church choirs and as soon as she was old enough, set off for Nashville. However, she was ill-equipped for the competitive music scene there, and she switched professions to become a model instead. In 1988 she elected to give music another shot, continuing to model to pay the bills for recording sessions in Nashville. Eventually she found a sympathetic ear in Jim Ed Norman, of Warner Brothers Nashville. Church’s self-titled 1998 debut made an immediate impact on country radio ? a medium notoriously resistant to new artists. It was produced by her husband Rodney Crowell, who she had first met on the set of his ‘Lovin’ All Night’ video in 1992, although the pair did not tie the knot until September 1998. The album...

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