Rob Crosby

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Rob Crosby
Birth name Robert Crosby Hoar[1][2][3]
Born (1954-04-25) April 25, 1954 (age 60)
Origin Sumter, South Carolina, USA
Genres Country
Occupations Singer-songwriter
Instruments Vocals, Guitar
Years active 1990–present
Labels Arista Nashville
River North
CSC
Associated acts Martina McBride
Website Official website

Robert Crosby Hoar (born April 25, 1954), is an American country music artist, known professionally as Rob Crosby. Between 1990 and 1996, Rob charted eight singles on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks charts. He has also recorded six studio albums, with his most recent, Catfish Day, being released in 2007. He also co-wrote Martina McBride's 2003 single "Concrete Angel", Andy Griggs' 2000 single "She's More" and Lee Greenwood's 1990 single "Holdin' a Good Hand" and has written songs for Lady Antebellum, Carl Perkins, Paul Simon, Brooks & Dunn, Restless Heart, Blackhawk, Darryl Worley, Boy Howdy, Ty Herndon, Don Williams, Ilse DeLange, Trace Adkins, Lee Brice and more.

Biography[edit]

Early life[edit]

Rob Crosby was born and raised in Sumter, South Carolina. He wrote his first song when he was 9 years old,[2] and by the time he started the fifth grade, he had his own band, The Radiations.[2] In 1984, Crosby moved to Nashville with his family and began playing in local clubs.[2]

Songwriter[edit]

In 1984, an Atlanta businessman offered Crosby $700 a month for a cut in his future songwriting royalties.[4] After getting a job as a staff writer, country music group Chance took his song "She Told Me Yes" to the top 30 in 1985.[2] Since then, many songs written by Crosby have reached the Billboard top 10, including "Concrete Angel" by Martina McBride, "She's More" by Andy Griggs and "Holdin' a Good Hand" by Lee Greenwood.[5][3] Crosby's songs have been recorded by Blackhawk, Brooks & Dunn, Ty Herndon, Paul Overstreet, Carl Perkins, Restless Heart, Ricochet, Paul Simon, The Wilkinsons and Darryl Worley, among others.[6][7] Crosby also co-wrote Eric Paslay's 2013 single "Friday Night".

Music career[edit]

After a performance at a songwriter's night, Crosby was signed to Arista Nashville.[2] The label released his debut album, Solid Ground, in 1991. The first three singles, "Love Will Bring Her Around," "She's a Natural" and "Still Burnin' for You," all reached the top 20 on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart. After the singles from Crosby's second album, Another Time and Place, failed to reach the top 40, he was dropped by Arista.[4] In 1995, he signed with River North and released his third album, Starting Now. Both singles released from the project peaked outside of the top 60 on Billboard. The same year, he was offered a chance to join the country music band Burnin' Daylight (which featured former members of Southern Pacific and Exile); however, he decided to focus on his solo career instead.[4]

Crosby returned in 2003 on CSC Records with One Light in the Dark, a collection of original songs.[6] He has released two albums since, 2003's Time Is a Gypsy and 2007's Catfish Day.[8]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak positions
US Country
Solid Ground 74
Another Time and Place
  • Release date: August 11, 1992
  • Label: Arista Nashville
Starting Right Now
One Light in the Dark
  • Release date: 2003
  • Label: CSC
Time Is a Gypsy
  • Release date: 2003
  • Label: CSC
Catfish Day
  • Release date: 2007
  • Label: CSC
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak chart
positions
Album
US Country CAN Country
1990 "Love Will Bring Her Around" 12 10 Solid Ground
1991 "She's a Natural" 15 10
"Still Burnin' for You" 20 25
1992 "Working Woman" 28 29
"She Wrote the Book" 53 73 Another Time and Place
"In the Blood" 48 53
1995 "The Trouble with Love" 64 Starting Right Now
1996 "Ladies Man" 64
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Music videos[edit]

Year Video Director
1992 "She Wrote the Book" Chris Rogers
1995 "The Trouble with Love"

References[edit]

  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2008). Hot Country Songs 1944 to 2008. Record Research, Inc. p. 108. ISBN 0-89820-177-2. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Rob Crosby Biography". allmusic. Retrieved September 18, 2011. 
  3. ^ a b Brunson, Dennis (March 12, 1994). "He's a Natural". The Item. Retrieved September 18, 2011. 
  4. ^ a b c Rob Crosby Biography : OLDIES.com
  5. ^ Rob Crosby
  6. ^ a b CD Baby: ROB CROSBY: One Light in the Dark
  7. ^ Meet Songwriter Rob Crosby
  8. ^ One Light In The Dark

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