A. J. Masters

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A. J. Masters
Birth name Arthur John Masters[1]
Born (1950-12-20)December 20, 1950
Walden, New York
Died January 12, 2015(2015-01-12) (aged 64)
near Nashville, Tennessee
Genres Country
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter
Instruments Vocals, guitar
Years active 1970s-2015
Labels Bermuda Dunes Records

Arthur John "A. J." Masters (December 20, 1950 – January 12, 2015) was an American country music singer. He charted eight singles on Hot Country Songs between 1985 and 1987, also writing singles for John Berry, Faith Hill, and Jennifer Hanson.

Biography[edit]

Masters was born in Walden, New York but raised in Compton, California. He played bass guitar in his brother's band, and had his first cut in 1978 when Mickey Jones recorded "I'm No Cowboy".[2]

Masters signed with Bermuda Dunes records in the 1980s, charting with eight of his releases for the label. The highest peak was number 48 with "Back Home", his second release, in early 1986.[1] He also released an album of the same name in 1986. An uncredited review in Billboard gave Back Home a positive review, saying that Masters had "a light, intense, and flexible quality".[3] A review of "I Don't Mean Maybe", his fourth single, praised his "full and assertive voice".[4]

Masters received an Academy of Country Music nomination for Male Vocalist of the Year. In the 1990s, Masters played guitar for Charlie Rich and wrote the songs "Change My Mind", which was recorded by both The Oak Ridge Boys and John Berry, "Someday" by Steve Azar, "Last Request" by Frazier River, "Love Ain't Like That" by Faith Hill, and "Half a Heart Tattoo" by Jennifer Hanson.[5][6] He died on January 12, 2015, of prostate cancer.[7]

Discography[edit]

Year Single Peak chart
positions
US Country[1]
1985 "Lonely Together" 86
1986 "Back Home" 48
"Love Keep Your Distance" 54
"I Don't Mean Maybe" 65
1987 "Take a Little Bit of It Home" 58
"In It Again" 70
"255 Harbor Drive" 67
"Our Love Is Like the South"A 77
  • AB-side to "255 Harbor Drive".

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Whitburn, Joel (2008). Hot Country Songs 1944 to 2008. Record Research, Inc. p. 259. ISBN 0-89820-177-2. 
  2. ^ "Gene Watson Peer's Quote from AJ Masters: January 2013". Gene Watson official website. Retrieved 11 February 2013. 
  3. ^ "Reviews: Country". Billboard: 68. December 6, 1986. 
  4. ^ "Reviews: Country". Billboard: 85. October 11, 1986. 
  5. ^ "Top songs as songwriter". Musicvf.com. Retrieved 11 February 2013. 
  6. ^ "AJ Masters". Pensacola Beach Songwriters Festival. Retrieved 11 February 2013. 
  7. ^ "Songwriter A.J. Masters, who co-wrote ‘Change My Mind,’ dies". 13 January 2015.