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Tracy Lawrence

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Biography

Tracy Lawrence was born in Atlanta, Texas and raised in Foreman, Arkansas. He played in his first band at the age of 16 and later attended Southern Arkansas University in Magnolia, Arkansas where he was a member of the Sigma Pi Fraternity. In 1990 Lawrence left Arkansas for Nashville, Tennessee where he hoped to find success as a recording artist.

Lawrence worked as an ironworker and in phone sales while he tried to break into the music business. He began participating in talent shows and earned enough money to live on. In 1991 he had a gig at the Bluebird Cafe and met Wayne Edwards who became his manager.

Lawrence's debut album shot up the charts to number one and spawned several Top 10 singles. Lawrence's second album Alibis went Platinum and generated four straight Number One singles.

Lawrence was Billboard's Top New Male Vocalist in 1992 and received the Academy of Country Music's Best New Artist and Top New Male Vocalist in 1993.

In 1994 Lawrence released his third album, I See It Now which also went Platinum. Lawrence released a Live album in 1995 and another studio album entitled Time Marches On in 1996. In 1997 Lawrence released his Coast is Clear album which he co-produced. Tracy also sang harmony on Trace Adkins' 1997 single, "Every Light in the House Is On."

In March 1997, Lawrence married a former Dallas Cowboys cheerleader. By September of that year, they'd separated. By December she'd filed charges against him in Nevada for allegedly throwing her into a wall, and punching and threatening to kill her. Lawrence, who admitted to shoving his wife, was eventually convicted of misdemeanor battery and suspended by his record label until he got "his personal matters straight." He was ordered to pay a $500 fine to a women's shelter in Las Vegas.

By the late 1990's, Lawrence's career was at a standstill with many of his singles starting to chart in the lower regions of the country charts.

In 2000, Lawrence returned to the Top 5 with a #3 hit "Lessons Learned" which also made the Top 40 on the pop charts. The album by the same title also was successful as well, but his other singles from the album failed to match the success of "Lessons Learned". He released a self-titled album in 2001 on Warner Bros. Records, but he could not maintain chart success with the album with two songs becoming minor hits. During this time, he remarried and started a family of his own with two daughters being born. In 2003, Tracy signed with Dreamworks Records and released an album "Strong" in 2004. "Strong" became his highest charting album ever going to #2 on the country album charts and #17 on the pop album charts and his single "Paint Me A Birmingham" going to #4 on the country charts.

Tracy's second greatest-hits album, called "Then & Now: The Hits Collection", was released in 2005 on his new label Mercury Records. The album featured re-recordings of many of Lawrence's Top 5 hits, as well as two new songs, "Used to the Pain" and "If I Don't Make it Back", both of which were minor hits. New re-recordings of the older songs were featured because Lawrence had switched record labels, and the label for whom he was recording did not hold the rights to the old recordings.



 


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