Clint Black

Clint Black

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Clint Patrick Black (born February 4, 1962) is an American country music singer-songwriter, record producer, multi-instrumentalist and occasional actor. He has amassed more than 30 singles on the U.S. Billboard country charts (of which 22 have reached #1), in addition to releasing nine studio albums and several compilation albums.

His first album, “Killin' Time,” was released in 1989. The album was a critical and commercial success, reaching #1 on the Billboard Country Albums chart and certified platinum in 1990. The first single, "A Better Man," reached #1 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs in early June. Other singles, "Nothing's News," "Walking Away," "Nobody's Home," and "Killin' Time" were all huge hit songs. All of these except "Nothing's News" reached #1 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles and Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart, while "Nothing's News" reached #3.

Black's second album, “Put Yourself in My Shoes,” was released in November 1990. It reached #2 on the Country chart and was in the Top 20 on the Billboard 200 chart.

“The Hard Way” was released in 1992 and includes the Billboard Hot Country Singles Top 10 hits "We Tell Ourselves" (#2), "Burn One Down" (#4), and the #1 hit "When My Ship Comes In." The album went to #2 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart and #8 on the Billboard 200 chart.

Black's fourth album, “No Time to Kill” was released almost a year after “The Hard Way.” Five of the six singles from the album were top-ten hits for Black on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart, the title track "No Time to Kill" hit #3, "A Bad Goodbye" (a duet with Wynonna Judd ) hit #2, "State of Mind" also hit #2, "A Good Run of Bad Luck" was a #1 single that was featured in the 1994 movie “Maverick;” and "Half the Man" hit #4.

“One Emotion” followed in 1995. Also a platinum certified album in the US, this album accounted for five straight Top 5 hits. First was the #4 "Untanglin' My Mind," a Merle Haggard co-write. Next came the #3 "Wherever You Go," the #1 "Summer's Comin'," the #2 title track and finally the #4 "Life Gets Away."

In 1996, he released his first greatest-hits package. This was led off by the chart-topper "Like the Rain," which spent three weeks at #1. After it came the #6 "Half Way Up," his first single since "One More Payment" to miss the Top 5.

Black's next album, 1997's “Nothin' but the Taillights,” featured the lead-off single "Still Holding On", a duet with labelmate Martina McBride, and became his first single to land outside the Top 10, with a #11 peak that year. He soon recovered his chart momentum with the #2 "Something That We Do" followed by two straight chart-toppers in the album's title track and "The Shoes You're Wearing."

In 1999, Black released “D'lectrified,” which relied completely on acoustic instruments. Three of the songs on the albums were remakes of previous Black singles. Several others featured guest appearances by some of Black's idols, including Waylon Jennings, Kenny Loggins, and Eric Idle.

Black formed his own record label, Equity Music Group and the first release from the new label was Black's album, “Spend My Time.” His eighth studio album was Black's first release in five years. 2005's “Drinkin' Songs and Other Logic” followed featuring the singles "Rainbow in the Rain," "Code of the West," "Drinkin' Songs and Other Logic" and "Heartaches.”

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