From romantic ballads to being pretty good at drinking beer, Billy Currington has a wide range of hits and even a fantastic duet with the legendary Shania Twain. Currington has come a long way from working in construction and living in a tiny attic apartment during his early days in Nashville. In a decade since he made his debut with the top ten hit “Walk a Little Straighter,” the Georgia native has parlayed his rich, emotion-laden tenor and unerring song sense into some of the country format’s most memorable hits.
Currington’s brand of music
Currington’s songs have always been snapshots of life. His music is steeped in truth and it possesses a relatability that makes his audience feel like they could drink a beer or catch a few fish with the curly-haired country boy. Currington has that effect that lends emotional weight to whatever he’s singing. Whether it’s a tender ballad or a rollicking party anthem.
Like many country entertainers, Currington began singing in church.
“I met this preacher when I was 17. I heard about this church and just went there. They had a rocking little band,” Currington remembers. The preacher invited him to sing the next week and Billy made quite an impression. Some of his musician friends from church asked him to sing with their band and then had to sneak the underage singer into clubs to perform. “It just started happening so fast,” he says. “The next thing you know I’m playing in a band and the preacher is taking me to Nashville.”
“Must be Doin’ Somethin’ Right
Currington’s album “Doin’ Somethin’ Right” reached gold status. By the time he released his second album, Currington was beginning to hone in on the mellow, good-time sound that would earn him much of his success.
The album’s first single ‘Must Be Doin’ Somethin’ Right,’ was a perfect example of the California-tinged country-rock that would color many of his subsequent releases. Written by Marty Dodson and Patrick Jason Matthews, the song became Currington’s first No. 1 hit.
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