Randy Houser

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Randy Houser
Randy Houser 2013.jpg
Houser at Walmart Soundcheck in 2013
Background information
Birth name Shawn Randolph Houser[1]
Born (1975-12-18) December 18, 1975 (age 38)[2]
Origin Lake, Mississippi, USA
Genres Country
Occupations Singer-songwriter
Instruments Vocals, Guitar
Years active 2004-present
Labels MCA Nashville, Show Dog-Universal, Stoney Creek
Associated acts Trace Adkins, Jamey Johnson, Justin Moore

Shawn Randolph "Randy" Houser (born December 18, 1975) is an American country music artist. Signed to Universal South Records in 2008, he charted the single "Anything Goes". It was a Top 20 hit on the Billboard country singles chart and the title track to his debut album of the same name, which also produced his first Top 10 hit, "Boots On". His second album, They Call Me Cadillac, included the number 31 single "Whistlin' Dixie". In 2012, he moved to Broken Bow Records imprint Stoney Creek. He reached Number One with "How Country Feels", the title track to his third album, and with "Runnin' Outta Moonlight" in 2013. He co-wrote the singles "Honky Tonk Badonkadonk" by Trace Adkins, "Back That Thing Up" by Justin Moore, and "My Cowboy" by country-pop artist Jessie James.

Biography[edit]

Randy Houser was born in Lake, Mississippi. His father, a professional musician as well, performed at various local venues.[3] Houser fronted his own band by age thirteen, and while attending East Central Community College in Decatur, Mississippi, he formed a band called 10 lb. Biscuit.[4]

By 2002, he moved to Nashville, Tennessee to begin a songwriting career. One of his first hits as a songwriter was "Honky Tonk Badonkadonk", which he co-wrote with Jamey Johnson and Dallas Davidson.[5] It was recorded by Trace Adkins for his 2005 album Songs About Me, and was a Top 5 single.[4] After that success, Houser shifted his focus to performing, and started playing at local gigs in Nashville. He was briefly signed to MCA Nashville but did not release anything.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Randy Houser married Jessa Lee Yantz on Sept 2, 2011, who gave birth to a son named West Yantz Houser on March 6, 2012. Country Weekly confirmed that Randy has filed for divorce from his wife of 2½ years, Jessa Lee Yantz[7]

Music career[edit]

Debut album: Anything Goes (2008-2009)[edit]

Houser signed to Universal South Records in 2008. His first single, "Anything Goes", was released in May of that year.[8] It was co-written by Brice Long and John Wiggins.[4] Houser performed the song on Late Show with David Letterman in August after Letterman heard it on a satellite radio station.[9] The song entered the Top 40 of the Billboard country chart that same month. His debut album, also titled Anything Goes, was released in November, at which point the title track was in the Top 20. "Boots On" was released as the album's second single in February 2009 and became his first Top Ten hit in July. Houser also co-wrote "Back That Thing Up", the debut single for Valory Music Group artist Justin Moore. It peaked at #38 on Hot Country Songs in December 2008.

Houser received two nominations for the 2009 CMA Awards, including New Artist of the Year and Music Video of the Year for "Boots On".

Second album: They Call Me Cadillac (2009-2010)[edit]

Houser, along with Jamey Johnson and Jessie James co-wrote "My Cowboy", James's third single from her self-titled debut album. It was released in late October 2009, and was also released as a music video.

Also in October 2009, Houser released his third single. The song titled "Whistlin' Dixie" was the lead-off single to his second studio album, They Call Me Cadillac. It debuted at #59 on the Billboard country songs chart before the initial release date of November 2, 2009. It peaked at #31 in January 2010. Afterward came "I'm All About It", which peaked at #49 and was not included on the album. His fifth single, "A Man Like Me", he co-wrote with Danny Green and Jameson Clark.

Third album: How Country Feels (2011-present)[edit]

In 2011, he released the song "In God's Time", which peaked at 54 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart and never appeared on an album. He left Show Dog-Universal in 2011 and signed with Broken Bow Records' Stoney Creek division.[10]

On May 7, 2012, Houser released "How Country Feels", his first single on Stoney Creek. On February 2, 2013, the song became Houser's first Number One on the Country Airplay chart. His first Stoney Creek album, also titled How Country Feels, was released on January 22, 2013. The album's second single, "Runnin' Outta Moonlight", was released to radio on March 4. It reached Number One on the Country Airplay chart in August 2013. The album's third single, "Goodnight Kiss", was released to country radio on September 23, 2013.

The album also features a duet with Kristy Lee Cook titled "Wherever Love Goes". For its single release, the song was re-recorded to make Cook the lead artist and Houser the featured artist. This version was released in late 2013 as Cook's second single for Broken Bow.

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Title Details Peak chart positions
US Country
[11]
US
[12]
US
Heat

[13]
US
Indie

[14]
Anything Goes 21 101 1
They Call Me Cadillac 8 43
How Country Feels 3 11 3
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales threshold)
Album
US Country
[15]
US Country Airplay
[16]
US
[17]
CAN Country
[18]
CAN
[19]
2008 "Anything Goes" 16 92 Anything Goes
2009 "Boots On" 2 53
"Whistlin' Dixie" 31 They Call Me Cadillac
2010 "I'm All About It" 49 N/A
"A Man Like Me" 53 They Call Me Cadillac
2011 "In God's Time" 54 N/A
2012 "How Country Feels" 6 1 42 1 46 How Country Feels
2013 "Runnin' Outta Moonlight" 3 1 24 1 44
"Goodnight Kiss" 9 2 52 3 50
2014 "Like a Cowboy"A 44 44
"—" denotes releases that did not chart
  • A Current single.[24]

Guest singles[edit]

Year Single Artist Peak positions Album
US Country Airplay
2013 "Wherever Love Goes" Kristy Lee Cook 57 TBD

Music videos[edit]

Year Video Director
2008 "Anything Goes" Vincenzo Giammanco
2009 "Boots On" Drake Vaughan/Eric Welch
"Whistlin' Dixie" Chris Hicky
2010 "Boots On" (club version) Rob Dennis
2012 "How Country Feels" Wes Edwards
2013 "Runnin' Outta Moonlight"[25]
2014 "High in the Saddle (Can't Kill a Memory)"[26] Kix Brooks
"Goodnight Kiss" Wes Edwards
"Like a Cowboy"[27] Dustin Rikert

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Organization Award Result
2009 Country Music Association New Artist of the Year Nominated
Music Video of the Year - "Boots On" Nominated
2010 Academy of Country Music Video of the Year - "Boots On" Nominated
CMT Music Awards USA Weekend Breakthrough Video of the Year - "Boots On" Nominated
2011 Academy of Country Music Top New Solo Vocalist Nominated
2013 CMT Music Awards Breakthrough Video of the Year - "How Country Feels" Nominated

References[edit]

  1. ^ Full name per ASCAP database.
  2. ^ Birthday celebration
  3. ^ Neal, Chris (2008-11-17). "Who's New: Randy Houser". Country Weekly 15 (23): 20. 
  4. ^ a b c Leggett, Steve. "Randy Houser biography". Allmusic. Retrieved 2008-10-27. 
  5. ^ "Randy Houser Finds All "Goes" Well". Great American Country. 28 April 2009. Retrieved 11 April 2010. 
  6. ^ David Letterman gives boost to country singer
  7. ^ Randy Houser Baby Name. March 7, 2012. Retrieved March 7, 2012.
  8. ^ "Randy Houser dishes out first single". Country Standard Time. 2008-05-15. Retrieved 2008-06-13. 
  9. ^ "Randy Houser Drops In On GAC’s Top 20". Great American Country. 2008-10-31. Retrieved 2008-11-10. 
  10. ^ "Randy Houser Signs With Stoney Creek Records". CMT. 9 November 2011. Retrieved 11 November 2011. 
  11. ^ "Randy Houser Album & Song Chart History - Country Albums". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved March 3, 2011. 
  12. ^ "Randy Houser Album & Song Chart History - Billboard 200". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved March 3, 2011. 
  13. ^ "Randy Houser Album & Song Chart History - Heatseekers Albums". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved March 3, 2011. 
  14. ^ "Randy Houser Album & Song Chart History - Independent Albums". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved January 31, 2013. 
  15. ^ "Randy Houser Album & Song Chart History - Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved March 3, 2011. 
  16. ^ "Randy Houser Album & Song Chart History - Country Airplay". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved November 8, 2012. 
  17. ^ "Randy Houser Album & Song Chart History - Hot 100". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved March 3, 2011. 
  18. ^ "Randy Houser Album & Song Chart History - Canada Country". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved November 20, 2013. 
  19. ^ "Randy Houser Album & Song Chart History - Billboard Canadian Hot 100". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved December 6, 2011. 
  20. ^ "American single certifications – Randy Houser – How Country Feels". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH
  21. ^ "Canadian single certifications – Randy Houser – How Country Feels". Music Canada. 
  22. ^ "American single certifications – Randy Houser – Runnin%27 Outta Moonlight". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH
  23. ^ "Canadian single certifications – Randy Houser – Runnin%27 Outta Moonlight". Music Canada. 
  24. ^ "R&R :: Going For Adds :: Country". Radio & Records. Retrieved April 28, 2014. 
  25. ^ "CMT : Videos : Randy Houser : Runnin' Outta Moonlight". Country Music Television. Retrieved May 10, 2013. 
  26. ^ "CMT : Videos : Randy Houser : High in the Saddle". Country Music Television. Retrieved January 15, 2014. 
  27. ^ Nicholson, Jessica (June 25, 2014). "Underwood, Lambert, Houser, Little Big Town Ready New Videos". MusicRow. Retrieved June 28, 2014. 

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