Easton Corbin stays true to traditionalist roots with About To Get Real
American Songwriter magazine claims Easton Corbin has “one of those rare, glorious voices that was made—just made—for singing country music.” The Florida native first appeared on the country charts in 2009 with the No. 1 singles ‘A Little More Country Than That’ and ‘Roll With It,’ making the 33-year-old singer the first male country artist in 17 years to have his first two consecutive singles reach No. 1. Billboard named Easton the Top New Country Artist of 2010 and named ‘Roll With It’ the No. 6 Hot Country Song of the Year. He was also ranked No. 9—between Blake Shelton and Tim McGraw—on Billboard’s list of top male country artists.
Corbin has etched a name for himself as a country traditionalist, staying true to his early influences that include George Jones, Merle Haggard, and Keith Whitley. After picking up three American Country Awards in 2010 and touring with Rascal Flatts, Brad Paisley, and Blake Shelton, Corbin set the bar high for his 2012 sophomore release, All Over the Road, which was again produced by longtime collaborator Carson Chamberlain (Billy Currington, Mark Wills).
The former hardware store worker says he relates to his hard-working fans. “I’m singing and playing music I love and I relate to, and it’s real for me," he says. “People know if you ain’t being real. If I cut music I relate to and feel good about, I feel like my fans are going to do the same.” His aptly titled new studio album, About To Get Real, features first single, ‘Clockwork,’ which was written by Chamberlin along with Ashley Gorley and Wade Kirby.
The song was released to country radio in January 2014 and peaked at No. 32 on the Billboard Country Airplay chart. “I’m very, very excited to have new music out now for my fans. I’m excited especially to release a song like ‘Clockwork,’ says Easton, who adds the track is a “good reflection” of his country roots. “It shows that I’m growing as an artist,” says Corbin. “I think when my fans hear this song they will get a good taste of [About To Get Real].
The Mercury Nashville album's second single, ‘Baby Be My Love Song,’ was released in September 2014 and is currently No. 4 on the Mediabase Country airplay chart and No. 12 on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart. Corbin is road-testing the new music with more than two dozen fair and festivals dates in July and August. The singer says early tours with veteran country stars gave him an opportunity to learn about performing live.
“As a new artist you learn watching those guys, what they do, and of course with a big crowd like that you’ve got to learn how to entertain. It’s a different thing from playing a club,” he reveals in a bio posted on EastonCorbin.com, adding the experience boosted his confidence and calmed his stage fright.
Easton Corbin recently performed on the Grand Ole Opry stage along with Carrie Underwood, Billy Currington, and others. The upcoming live shows include performances and meet-and-greet sessions that open July 7 in Pomona, N.Y., and continue until Aug. 30 with a concert at the Sandusky County Fair in Fremont, Ohio. “I want to get my music to as many people as possible,” declares Corbin. “You’ve got to be good to your fans, and you’ve got to make music that’s true to you.”
Watch the official music video for 'Baby Be My Love Song,' the latest single from Easton Corbin off the Florida artist’s new album, About To Get Real.
As A Matter of Fact…
* Easton Corbin was born April 12, 1982, in Gilchrist County, Florida. He lived on his grandparents' farm after his parents' divorced, and began taking guitar lessons at age 14 from session musician Pee Wee Melton. Corbin later joined a band that landed a music festival opening slot for country artists Janie Fricke and Mel McDaniel.
* Corbin attended the University of Florida's College of Agricultural and Life Sciences and earned an agribusiness degree. He got married in September 2006 and the couple moved to Nashville a month later.
* Corbin took a job working at a hardware store and performed at writers' night events. He signed to Mercury Records Nashville in 2009 and released his self-titled debut album in March 2010. The first-time effort peaked at No. 4 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart and immediately launched Corbin’s career as a rising country music star.
* The debut album’s consecutive No. 1 hits ‘A Little More Country Than That’ and ‘Roll With It’ made Corbin the first solo male country artist to have a debut No. 1 single since Dierks Bentley accomplished the feat in 2003 with ‘What Was I Thinkin’.’ Corbin also scored a Top 15 hit in early 2011 with third single, ‘I Can't Love You Back.’
* In February 2012, the single ‘Lovin' You Is Fun’ served as both the fourth single from Corbin’s debut album as well as the lead-off track from second studio album, All Over the Road. The album got all the way to No. 2 on the Top Country Albums chart, and the song peaked at No. 5 on the Billboard Country Airplay chart.
* The All Over the Road title track was the album’s second single release, reaching No. 9 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart and No. 3 on Country Airplay by September 2013. While promoting the album Corbin also announced he is no longer married.