Clint Patrick Black is an American country music singer, songwriter, musician, multi-instrumentalist, record producer and actor. Signed to RCA Nashville in 1989, Black’s debut album Killin’ Time produced four straight number one singles on the US Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks charts. He has had more than 30 singles on US Billboard country charts, twenty-two of which have reached no. one.
About Clint Black in brief
Clint Patrick Black is an American country music singer, songwriter, musician, multi-instrumentalist, record producer and actor. Signed to RCA Nashville in 1989, Black’s debut album Killin’ Time produced four straight number one singles on the US Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks charts. In 2003, Black founded his own record label, Equity Music Group. Black has also ventured into acting, having made appearances in a 1993 episode of the TV series Wings and in the 1994 film Maverick, as well as a starring role in 1998’s Still Holding On: The Legend of Cadillac Jack. He has been nominated for 4 Grammy Awards for best Country Male Vocal Performance, he was also nominated for 6 Grammy Awards with 1 win in the category of Best Country Collaboration with Vocals. Black won the Country Music Association’s Horizon Award for best newcomer in 1989. He made his debut in 1989 with the single, \”A Better Man\”, which reached number one on the Billboard HotCountry Songs chart in early June. This marked the first time in 14 years that a male country artist had peaked at the top of the chart. In total, five off of his debut album have reached the number one spot, the most by any country artist in the last 36 years. In the early 1980s, he chose to focus on country music after singers George Strait and Reba McEntire moved the genre back toward the more traditional; in the style kept alive by George Jones and Merle Haggard.
Black eventually dropped out of high school to play with his brothers, before becoming a solo act. As a teenager Black joined his elder brothers, Mark, Kevin and Brian, in their small band. On Saturday afternoons, the family would host backyard barbecues and invite the neighborhood to listen to the boys sing. At 14, Black wrote his first song. Black taught himself to play harmonica before he was 13, and at 15, Black had learned to play guitar. In 1987, at one of the gigs he met another guitarist, Hayden Nicholas, and began a song writing partnership that would last decades. In a departure from most other country albums, Black used his road band instead of session musicians to record Killin’ Time. The album was a critical and commercial success, reaching no. 1 on Billboard Country Albums chart and certified platinum in 1990. At the end of the year, his singles, “When I Said I Do’’ and “A Bad Goodbye” both reached number two on the year-end country singles charts. At one point, Black recalled: “I knew I crossed this line out of obscurity and I felt like no matter what happened from that point on I would always be remembered for that.” He has had more than 30 singles on US Billboard country charts, twenty-two of which have reached no. one, in addition to having released twelve studio albums and several compilation albums. Black was born in Long Branch, New Jersey, and lived in nearby Red Bank.