Eric Church Garners First GRAMMY Nomination

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Thursday, December 1, 2011) — EMI Records Nashville’s Eric Church’s chart-topping album, CHIEF, which was released on July 26, 2011 and features his latest Top 10 and climbing single, “Drink In My Hand,” as well as the Top 15 “Homeboy,” has earned Church his first GRAMMY nomination for Best Country Album at the 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards. 
“The GRAMMYs are the ultimate honor for any recording artist.  It’s very cool that they recognized CHIEF in what I feel is the most coveted category,” shares Church.  “I got into the music business because of great records and the feelings they imparted on my heart.  I’ve poured everything I am into making those kinds of albums, and I am very thankful for this nod.” 
Produced by Jay Joyce, CHIEF was a labor of love for Church who secluded himself in a cabin in his home state of North Carolina for over a month to write the record with notable hit-makers Casey Beathard, Luke Laird, Jeff Hyde and more.  The album was recorded and mixed by Joyce in his Nashville, Tennessee studio. 
Following rave reviews from Rolling Stone, PEOPLE Magazine, Entertainment Weekly, and more, it appears The Boston Globe’s prediction rings truest of all, “Every good artist reaches a watershed moment and Eric Church has arrived at his with ‘Chief’.”
Church recently announced his first headlining tour – The Blood, Sweat & Beers Tour – scheduled to hit 50 markets beginning with Fort Smith, Arkansas on January 19.
For more information, please visit  The 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards will air on CBS on February 12, 2012 at 8/7 p.m. CT.

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