Today is Eric Church's 41st birthday! See him at 17

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Eric and Jeff met and performed together in 1994. Both attended ASU and pursued music careers as recording and touring artists.  Their paths almost collided again in 2006 at the same place they first met and worked together. Both appeared at the J.E. Broyhill Civic Center with their bands that year, promoting their latest albums. Jeff's career has been very fruitful—dozens of albums accompanied by several outstanding opportunities. Eric got his big break earlier in the decade. If the two locals ever tour together, they could call it "The Homeboys Tour!" -- 

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Eric has since really changed his look but here he is a just 17


Kenneth Eric Church (born May 3, 1977) is an American country music singer-songwriter. Signed to Capitol Nashville since 2005, he has since released a total of five studio albums for that label. His debut album, 2006's Sinners Like Me, produced three singles on the Billboard country charts including the top 20 hits "How 'Bout You", "Two Pink Lines", and "Guys Like Me".

His second album, 2009's Carolina, produced three more singles: "Smoke a Little Smoke" and his first top 10 hits, "Love Your Love the Most" and "Hell on the Heart". 2011's Chief, his first No. 1 album, gave him his first two No. 1 singles, "Drink in My Hand" and "Springsteen", and the hits "Homeboy", "Creepin'", and "Like Jesus Does". His third No. 1 single was "The Only Way I Know", which he, Jason Aldean, and Luke Bryan recorded for Aldean's album Night Train". A fourth album, The Outsiders", was released in February 2014. It produced five new singles between 2013–15 with the title track, "Give Me Back My Hometown", "Cold One", "Talladega" and "Like a Wrecking Ball". "Talladega" and "Give Me Back My Hometown" each reached number one on the Country Airplay chart. Eric Church got his sixth No. 1 hit with Keith Urban in May 2015 with the single "Raise 'Em Up". He released his fifth studio album, Mr. Misunderstood, on November 3, 2015.

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