Tracy Byrd

Biography

Tracy Lynn Byrd (born December 17, 1966 in Vidor, Texas) is an American country music artist.

Byrd released his first single, “That's the Thing About a Memory,” in 1992. Although it and follow-up “Someone to Give My Love To” both missed Top 40, he broke through in 1993 with the #1 Billboard Country Songs hit “Holdin' Heaven.” This song was the third release from his self-titled debut album, released by MCA in 1993. The album earned RIAA gold certification, while its final single, “Why Don't That Telephone Ring,” peaked at #39. Keith Stegall and Tony Brown shared production duties on the album.

“No Ordinary Man” was the title of Byrd's second album, which was produced by Jerry Crutchfield and released in 1994. It was also his highest selling, earning a double-platinum certification for U.S. sales of two million copies. All four singles from the album reached the Country Top 5, “Lifestyles of the Not So Rich and Famous,” “Watermelon Crawl” (also his first entry on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles chart, at #81, “The First Step” and “The Keeper of the Stars.”

His third album, 1995's “Love Lessons,” showed a decline in both chart performance and sales, despite still earning a gold certification. It was led off by the #15 “Walkin' to Jerusalem,” followed by two ballads, the #9 title track and #14 “Heaven in My Woman's Eyes,” and finally the #21 “4 to 1 in Atlanta.” This album also reunited him with Tony Brown, who would also produce all of his subsequent material for MCA.

“Big Love” was the title of Byrd's fourth album and its first single. Released in 1996, “Big Love” returned him to the Top 5 with a #3 peak. After it came a Johnny Paycheck cover of his 1971 single “She's All I Got.” Re-titled “Don't Take Her She's All I Got,” Byrd's cover peaked at #4. The album's other singles, “Don't Love Make a Diamond Shine” and “Good Ol' Fashioned Love,” reached #17 and #47 respectively, with the latter being his first single since 1993 to miss Top 40. “Big Love” also became his third gold-selling album.

Byrd released his final studio album for MCA, “I'm from the Country,” in late 1997. Its title track, co-written by Richard Young of The Kentucky Headhunters and former MCA Records artist Marty Brown, was also the first single. “I'm from the Country” became his ninth Top 10 hit, reaching #3 in early 1998. Only one other single, the #9 hit “I Wanna Feel That Way Again,” was released from the album.

Byrd then released a greatest-hits package, the gold-certified “Keepers: Greatest Hits,” in 1999. This album was led off by the #31 “When Mama Ain't Happy” before he left the label.

In 1999, Byrd signed to RCA Records Nashville. Working with producer Billy Joe Walker, Jr., he released his sixth studio album, “It's About Time,” that year. This album featured a more country pop sound than its predecessors, and was led off by the #11 “Put Your Hand in Mine.” This song was co-written by Skip Ewing and Jimmy Wayne. The album's other two singles, “Love, You Ain't Seen the Last of Me” and “Take Me With You When You Go,” both landed outside the Country Top 40.

“Ten Rounds,” his second album for RCA, was released in 2002. It was led off by “A Good Way to Get on My Bad Side,” a duet with Mark Chesnutt which was a #21 country hit. Other singles included the #9, “Just Let Me Be in Love,” and its title track, “Ten Rounds with José Cuervo.” In October 2002, this song became Byrd's second #1 Billboard Country hit, and his first since “Holdin' Heaven” in 1993. It was also his only Top 40 pop hit, with a #26 peak on the Billboard Hot 100.

Byrd charted at #38 in early 2003 with “Lately (Been Dreamin' 'Bout Babies),” which was never included on an album. This song was followed by “The Truth About Men,” a song whose second verse featured guest vocals from Blake Shelton, Andy Griggs and Montgomery Gentry. This song was the title track to his final RCA album, 2003’s “The Truth About Men,” which also produced his final Top Ten hit in the #7 “Drinkin' Bone.”

Byrd's second greatest hits album was released in 2004 via BNA Records, a sister label to RCA. This album reprised most of his RCA single releases, and included new recordings of “I'm from the Country” and “The Keeper of the Stars.” Also included on it were the new tracks, “Revenge of a Middle-Aged Woman,” “Tiny Town” and “Johnny Cash.” The first two were released as singles, with the former reaching #34 and the latter failing to chart.

Byrd released his next album, “Different Things,” in 2007 via his own Blind Mule label. It was led off by the #55 “Cheapest Motel,” co-written by Cole Deggs of Cole Deggs & the Lonesome. After this song came “Better Places Than This,” which failed to chart as well. He has not recorded since.

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