We had the opportunity to do a Q&A with ACM Top New Solo Vocalist nominee Eric Church. Check out “10 Questions with Eric Church” below!
CMIL: Where were you when you first learned that you were nominated for ACM Top New Solo Vocalist and what was your first thought?
EC: I was at my home in Nashville, getting ready to head back out of town with Jason Aldean’s My Kinda Party Tour. The first thing that went through my mind was a mixture of shock and disbelief…then I thought not so sure about the “new” part but I’ll take it.
CMIL: What would it mean to you to win the title of ACM Top New Solo Vocalist and ultimately ACM Top New Artist?
EC: I said many times I don’t make records to win awards. I think as an artist you strive to make the same record whether you win all the awards or zero awards. I however do think it would be cool to win this award for the fans and people who have supported me along the way.
CMIL: Your label mate Luke Bryan won the title last year. Did he offer you any advice?
EC: Don’t wear a leotard.
CMIL: You’ve had the chance to go on tour with some of country music’s biggest stars- most recently with Miranda Lambert and Jason Aldean. What have you taken away from touring with them?
EC: In an industry where every chart and graph seems to be headed downward, on tour withJason and Miranda there is a sense of camaraderie and we’re seeing what’s working and what music is creating passion to keep people coming back to shows and buying the music!
CMIL: You’re famous for putting on a rockin’ live show- what’s your goal when you hit that stage each night?
EC: To give the crowd a show that they won’t get anywhere else.
CMIL: Your newly released EP includes four “rare” songs. What made you select those songs for “Caldwell County”?
EC: Three of the songs where previously released but they had never been released on a record. This was a way to give them a home. “Chevy Van” is a song that I grew up playing in bars and clubs when I actually lived in Caldwell County. I can think of no better place for these songs to call home than an EP named after where I’m from.
CMIL: The EP has fans anxious for more new music. When can they expect a full-length studio album?
EC: Summer of this year.
CMIL: You’ve steadily built a strong foundation of success in recent years. Do you think that’s worked to your advantage as opposed to overnight success?
EC: Absolutely. We built a foundation that will withstand a lot of storms. It hasn’t always been easy but I wouldn’t trade it for anything.
CMIL: What is country music to you?
EC: Songs about real life.
CMIL: Since this award is fan voted- what has been your most memorable fan moment?
EC: We were playing in Denver, CO. The son of an NASA astronaut brought me a plaque with my Sinners Like Me cd and a picture of it floating on the spaceship in space. You can see the earth in the background. He said that my cd was played many hours on the shuttle!
ACM New Artist fan voting for the 46th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards is open through February 24 at noon. Click HERE to cast your vote.