Billy Currington Biography
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Raised in Rincon, Ga., about 30 minutes outside of Savannah, Billy Currington notices fewer dirt roads every time he goes back.
“I used to call it a small town,” he says, “but now it’s growing. It’s really rich in pine trees, so they stuck a paper plant in Rincon, which brought a lot of jobs, and people started building there. They started paving all the dirt roads and taking what I used to know as Rincon – it’s not the same place anymore.”
Billy Currington’s music often recalls a time when life seemed simpler, although the singer-songwriter certainly can’t claim to have had an easy life. His mother married a man named Larry Currington when Billy was a year-and-a-half old. Through the next few years Billy experienced the turmoil that alcohol abuse can do to a family.
“He’d get drunk and a little crazy,” Currington says. “He eventually died of drinking and cancer.”
Nevertheless, it was Larry Currington who introduced Billy to country music.
“He’d play Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, The Statler Brothers, Kenny Rogers, all those guys. I loved it, and I’d play those myself when he wasn’t around,” Currington says. “I really loved Alabama. I remember taking a radio in the bathroom and singing like I was Randy Owen. I guess I developed a strong passion for wanting to be a singer in high school. It was in the 9th or 10th grade when I got turned on to Keith Whitley. I’d buy those tapes and sing those songs just like he did. And of course, George Strait came along and I wanted to be like that, too.”
The heartbreaking song and debut single, “Walk A Little Straighter,” tells the story of a child watching his father stumbling through the door and vowing not to make that same mistake when he becomes a father. Currington wrote the chorus at age 12.
“I’ve always been writing. Growing up, I’d get halfway through a song, but it wouldn’t make any sense anymore, so I’d quit. I never thought, ‘I’m going to move to Nashville to be a writer.’ That was never my thing, but every year I was writing something.”
As a high school junior, a classmate invited Currington to her father’s church. Struck by the church’s music – a blend of gospel and country – he complimented the preacher on the music. At the preacher’s request, Currington sang the following Sunday. Impressed with what he heard, the preacher eventually drove Currington to Nashville to audition at the Opryland USA theme park.
“I didn’t make it, but that didn’t bother me, because all senior year I knew I was going back to Nashville.”
After high school, Currington briefly worked at the paper plant until a run-in with his supervisor prompted him to quit on the spot. Because his car was in the shop, he called his grandmother to pick him up.
“I said, ‘Come get me, I’m leaving this weekend. I’m moving out of here.’ We talked about it on the way home. I was sure I was moving to Nashville that weekend, and I did. I got my car back, loaded it up with my shirts, my stereo and my cassette tapes. I didn’t know where I was going to stay, but I knew I was gone.”
His first move lasted less than a year, during which Currington worked in a local pawn shop. He returned to his grandmother’s house and joined a local country band. After eight months of playing at the Cavalier Lounge, Currington decided to give Music City another shot. In time, he found a lucrative job at a concrete company – 16 hours a day, six days a week – and playing clubs on the side. Although the money was nice for someone who quietly admits to growing up with nothing, the steady paychecks didn’t satisfy him.
At the recommendation of some songwriting friends, Currington secured part-time work as a personal trainer and spent the remainder of his time writing and singing. A long-time gym client happened to wear a BMI hat to the gym one day. Currington found out that he worked at a publishing company and the client invited him to audition. A few days later, an executive at the publishing company asked him to sing a demo.
Currington’s rich, country-tinged baritone brought more demo work and, the publishing company signed him as a full-time songwriter. Unfortunately, he only got one song cut, and a development deal with another record label soured. His publishing contract was not renewed.
However, country singer Mark Wills had put a hold on a song Currington had co-written. Wills’ producer Carson Chamberlain bumped into Currington a few weeks later. They agreed to write together and record some demos. Chamberlain took those demos to Mercury Chairman Luke Lewis, who liked what he heard and signed him to the label. Chamberlain produced the album.
Like every newcomer, Currington hopes for a long-term career, but his immediate goals have nothing to do with music.
“My first goal is to build my grandma a log cabin house,” he says without hesitation. “We grew up in a trailer all our lives. That’s something she’s always wanted and could definitely not get on her own. …Wherever she wants the house, that’s where I’m going to put it.”
That’s not a surprising confession from someone who values his humble beginnings.
“Growing up in Georgia, the way it was then, and now living in the city, it is so different,” he says. “Our Friday night parties weren’t in somebody’s house. They were in a field somewhere with a bonfire. We had trucks with loud stereos and kegs in the back. That was life for me back then. A lot of fishing, a lot of hunting, and a lot of chasing alligators. It was more peaceful. I like the city life, too. I’ve learned to adapt to that, but I’ve got good memories of dirt roads.”
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Love your voice Billy!!!! | Reviewer: Rose | 1/9/14
When I first saw you with Shania in the video " Having a Party" I thought your voice was something special. I luv all your songs and really hope that you will visit London, Ontario some time to perform in concert. Keep up the wonderful work!!!!!
Heal Me | Reviewer: Roslyn | 9/27/13
I'm an African American woman that hated country music. My friend said listen to this song, I said I hate country music. It was Let Me Down Easy. Omg I was in love with that song. Then I ran and got all of his CD's. I heard Heal Me and he can never write a bad song after I heard heal me. I know Billy walked on water lol. He shares a November 19 birthday with my mom. I will see him October 5th at Billy Bobs in Ft Worth. I love you Billy. firstname.lastname@example.org
g.r.i.t.s court house rd. | Reviewer: jennifer patrick | 8/15/13
Growin up in the south and having family that lived in effingham that I didn't see much, it was pretty awesome to go back home and find out that they went to school with billy but most of all was knowing they use to hang with him back when every road was a dirt road, and u could go to ole smitty's to get boiled p-nut or a brown paper bag full of candy for 25cents. I'm still a baby myself but those were the good ole days so when I go back home its wounderful hearing to storys of him, he sings from the heart and has a true sounthern soul! Would love to meet him! Maybe some day!! Good luck and may god bless u and ur family! Best wishes to u always!
Song writer from Guyton | Reviewer: Charles Bunting | 4/24/13
would be a dream come true to Have one of my songs recorded
By Billy Currington
But I guess he has alot of people looking for him
check out www.seabeesounds.com
and please, sign the guest book
people are crazy | Reviewer: Jody anderson | 10/21/12
First time I heard people are crazy,I fell in love, that song is the only thing I listen to when in the car, I hit play again, & I know no one in this world has heard that song as many times as I have. Wonder if it will ever stop playing. Hope not.
"The Man Of My Dreams" | Reviewer: Marilyn Madrigal | 8/21/12
One day I was listening to KILT Country music radio station and I heard Billy singing a song and afterwards this guy,I don't even remember his name but he announced that the tenth caller would get to go to the KILT STUDIO to meet and greet Billy Currington. I have never won anything in my 68 years but I was the tenth caller and I got to go meet BILLY CURRINGTON.I was so glad to meet him and have my picture taken with him. He is the most perfect man I have ever seen. He was so sweet and friendly and he's just everything good all in one man. I have all of his albums and I go to sleep every night listening to them. I wish him the best in his music career because he is the best.
Billy Currington | Reviewer: Cleopatra in Kigali - Rwanda | 7/19/12
I developed an ear and passion for country music from the age of 13. In my country Rwanda, country music is not popular. I came across Currington's music throw S Twain's dual Party For Two and I was amazed by Currington's voice so I searched for more of his music and I was not disappointed. Today, I was touched by his humble childhood and dirty roads. We have those in Rwanda too.(humble childhood and dirty roads) I like artists who sing from their reality, feelings etc without forgetting where they are coming from. You sound well centred.
hello!!!!!!!!!! | Reviewer: mary | 3/12/11
life is crazy and without the hard times we truly would not know how to appreciate the good times. billy Currington turned me onto country music. you are an amazing artist i hope you will continue to do great!!! your hard times has made you the artist that you are.so please don't look at your past as a crouch rather a step into you life that lead you to the amazing artist that you are today!!
Billy my kind of fellow | Reviewer: heidi in carolina | 10/5/10
I love listening to his music. It is real life and I've especially enjoyed reading about his life growing up. One of my favorites is God is great, beer is good and people are crazy. He truly is one of the sexiest men around and so down to earth. I love all of his music.
Must be doing something right. | Reviewer: Vicky | 9/27/10
I have always thought Billy Currington was a sexy and talented songwriter and musician, but lately this one song has been stuck in my head, over and over again it plays. it's the only song that's ever been able to put me to sleep. I think Billy Currinton is one of the most down to earth, sexiest country man out there. I will always love his music.
Walk a little straighter | Reviewer: nivardo | 4/19/10
Walk a little stronger touched my heart. Sometimes our fathers have to be more loving persons and care about even more in the small things that sometimes looks insignificant. I hope to see billy in a concert in Panama some day...
FaVoRiTe GuY SiNgEr | Reviewer: Jamie Baker | 3/10/10
Ever since I heard Why, Why, Why, I have been a humongous fan! I have all of his CDs and I know every word to every song! Someday I hope to see one of his concerts when I am older, but until I do, I will continue to stay true to the Billy Currington fan club!!!
Don't know what it is!! | Reviewer: CHARITY | 1/17/10
I am so mesmerized by Billy's videos and his talent, especially his Must Be Doin Somethin Right...it is incredibly sexy...and his eyes are soo...sooo...I don't know what it is but it's like a love spell. Wow!! One attribute I do notice is an wuite a few of his videos, he is often barefoot, which leads me to believe how laid back and down-to-earth he is!! His videos and lyrics are very touching and realistic!! I love what he has brought to the music industry, his blend of soul and everything else.
Doin Something Right | Reviewer: Kelli in Oklahoma | 6/30/09
This is the Hottest!!! video out there. The song is absolutely perfect. Billy you are so amazing, I love your voice and your cute little grin, I am a huge George Straight fan and Billy Currington is right there with him!
a true down to earth, beautiful Ga boy | Reviewer: Sarah Barnes | 6/18/09
I grew up n Rincon,Ga with Billy and we had a group at our church called "Rainbow & Promises" that Billy and several others (including myself) sang in. Getting to know him through church functions, the entire congregation just fell in love with Billy. We all knew he would "make it big" in Nashville one day because of his incredable talent and too because he has such a beautiful heart. He is so caring and loving and friendly, a true gentlemen (you know the rare kind you can't find anymore). To tell u what a good person he is, I moved away from Rincon and hadn't saw Billy in abt 12-14 years. I heard he was gonna be in concert with Wynonna a few yrs back in Savannah,Ga so my husband and I went. My husband got me backstage to see Billy. Like I sd I hadn't saw him in a long time, but the minute I walked back there with him, he still knew exactly who I was. I was so shocked and happy that he still remembered me and my family from that many yrs ago when we all went to church together and sang in the group. I am so proud that I got the chance to grow up in church with him because he is such a inspirition to us all. Even though he has made it big in Nashville, he hasn't changed his good hearted, friendly, like you would have known him forever, beautiful ways! He is such a beautiful person inside and out! We all love you Billy and could never tell you enough how truely proud of you we are!!!You deserve the very best of all this life has to offer!! Keep achieving those dreams!!!We love you!! (Ps now I have 2 daughters 9 & 4 and their huge Billy fans now too)
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