Hubert Neal McGaughey Jnr. (surname pronounced McGoy), 30 July 1963, Jacksonville, Texas, USA. McCoy grew up with a love of honky-tonk country as well as pop, soul and big band music. He started performing as Neal McGoy (the pronunciation of his birth name) and his break came in 1981 when Janie Fricke was a judge in a talent contest that he won. She mentioned McCoy to Charley Pride, who signed him to a booking and management contract and asked him to be his opening act. After spending six years with Pride, McCoy left to launch his own recording career in 1988. His debut single was Thats How Much I Love You on 16th Avenue Records, but in 1990, he moved to Atlantic Records and adjusted his name to Neal McCoy. After several minor hits, including If I Built You A Fire, Where Forever Begins, Now I Pray For Rain and No Doubt About It, McCoy found success with his excellent third album (No Doubt About It)...
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