Eric Paslay

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Eric Paslay
Birth name Eric Thomas Paslay[1]
Born (1983-01-29) January 29, 1983 (age 33)[2][3]
Abilene, Texas, U.S.[4]
Origin Waco, Texas, U.S.[4]
Temple, Texas, U.S.[4]
Genres Country
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter
Instruments Vocals, guitar
Years active 2011–present
Labels EMI Nashville
Associated acts Eli Young Band
Love and Theft
Jake Owen
Amy Grant
Charles Kelley
Dierks Bentley

Eric Thomas Paslay (born January 29, 1983, Abilene, Texas, United States) is an American country music singer and songwriter.

Early life[edit]

Eric Thomas Paslay was born on January 29, 1983. He started playing guitar at the age of 15. He graduated from Middle Tennessee State University in the Fall of 2005 with his Bachelor of Science degree.[1]

Career[edit]

In mid-2011, Paslay signed to EMI Records Nashville. He has released four singles for the label. His third, "Friday Night", was a Top 5 hit on Country Airplay in early 2014. The song was originally recorded by Lady Antebellum, and Paslay's version appears on his debut album, released in early 2014.

He also co-wrote Jake Owen's "Barefoot Blue Jean Night",[5] the Will Hoge/Eli Young Band song "Even If It Breaks Your Heart", and Love and Theft's "Angel Eyes"[6] all of which were number 1 singles on the country charts. He has written album cuts for Lady Antebellum[7] and the Rascal Flatts 2014 single "Rewind".

In 2013, Paslay appeared on Amy Grant's album How Mercy Looks from Here, sharing lead vocals with Grant and Sheryl Crow on a song he wrote called "Deep As It Is Wide". In publicity for the album, Grant stated that she is most excited about Paslay as an up-and-coming artist.[8]

Paslay is featured alongside Dierks Bentley on Charles Kelley's debut solo single "The Driver" which was released on September 28, 2015. "The Driver" received a Grammy nomination for Best Country Duo/Group Performance for the 58th Annual Grammy Awards.[9] This is Paslay's first Grammy nomination.

In October 2015, Paslay released "High Class" as the lead single to his upcoming second studio album.[10] The album's second single, "Angels in This Town" released to country radio on July 18, 2016.

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Title Details Peak chart
positions
Sales
US Country
[11]
US
[12]
Eric Paslay[13] 4 31
Dressed in Black[15]
  • To be released: 2016
  • Label: EMI Nashville
To be released

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak chart positions Certifications Sales Album
US Hot Country US Country Airplay US CAN Country
[16]
CAN
2011 "Never Really Wanted" 48 Eric Paslay
2012 "If the Fish Don't Bite" 58 N/A
2013 "Friday Night" 6 2 47 8 53 Eric Paslay
2014 "Song About a Girl" 18 12 85 25
"She Don't Love You" 15 14 77 28
2015 "High Class" 32 32 Dressed in Black
2016 "Angels in This Town"A
"—" denotes releases that did not chart
  • ACurrent single.[22]

Guest singles[edit]

Year Single Artist Peak chart
positions
Album
US Country US Country Airplay
2015 "The Driver" Charles Kelley (with Dierks Bentley) 37 44 The Driver

Music videos[edit]

Year Video Director
2013 "Friday Night"[23] Mason Dixon
2014 "Song About a Girl"[24] Wes Edwards
2015 "She Don't Love You"[25]
"The Driver"[26]
(with Charles Kelley and Dierks Bentley)
TK McKamy
2016 "High Class"[27] Wes Edwards

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Awards Award Outcome
2016 Grammy Awards[9] Best Country Duo/Group Performance – "The Driver"
(with Charles Kelley & Dierks Bentley)
Nominated

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) (2005). "MTSU Graduates Fall 2005". MTSU. Retrieved February 4, 2014. 
  2. ^ CMACommunications (January 29, 2014). "Happy Birthday, Eric Paslay!". YouTube. Retrieved February 4, 2014. 
  3. ^ PublicRecords.com. "Get Records for Eric T Paslay in Texas". PublicRecords.com. Retrieved February 4, 2014. 
  4. ^ a b c Eric Paslay. "Eric Paslay : About". Eric Paslay. Retrieved February 4, 2014. 
  5. ^ Conaway, Alanna (30 August 2011). "Eric Paslay Talks Debut Album and Getting His Start in Country Music". Taste of Country. Retrieved 13 September 2011. 
  6. ^ Conaway, Alanna (1 December 2011). "Love and Theft, 'Angel Eyes' – Lyrics Uncovered". Taste of Country. Retrieved 2 January 2012. 
  7. ^ Stromblad, Cory (6 September 2011). "Eric Paslay Is Getting Everything He 'Ever Wanted'". The Boot. Retrieved 13 September 2011. 
  8. ^ "Amy Grant: The 'Nasty' Way Vince Gill Makes Me Laugh". People.com. 2014-12-19. Retrieved 2015-10-07. 
  9. ^ a b Vain, Madison (December 7, 2015). "Lady Antebellum's Charles Kelly reacts to his Grammy nom for 'The Driver'". Entertainment Weekly. Entertainment Weekly Inc. Retrieved December 9, 2015. 
  10. ^ "Eric Paslay Releases 'High Class' as New Single [LISTEN]". The Boot. Retrieved December 5, 2014. 
  11. ^ "Eric Paslay Album & Song Chart History - Country Albums". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved February 13, 2014. 
  12. ^ "Eric Paslay Album & Song Chart History - Billboard 200". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved February 13, 2014. 
  13. ^ Bjorke, Matt (November 22, 2013). "Eric Paslay "Eric Paslay" Tracklist and Cover Art". Roughstock. Retrieved November 23, 2013. 
  14. ^ Matt Bjorke (February 11, 2015). "Country Album Chart Report For February 11, 2015". Roughstock.  Sales figure given here [1]
  15. ^ Nicholson, Jessica (March 28, 2016). "Eric Paslay Gets 'Dressed In Black' For Sophomore Release". MusicRow. Retrieved March 28, 2016. 
  16. ^ "Eric Paslay Album & Song Chart History - Canada Country". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved November 20, 2013. 
  17. ^ "American single certifications – Eric Paslay – Friday Night". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH
  18. ^ Matt Bjorke (April 2, 2014). "Country Chart News - The Top 30 Digital Singles - April 2, 2014: Florida Georgia Line #1, Jerrod Niemann & Dierks Bentley Gold, Luke Bryan Leads 6 Near-Gold Singles & Stars". Roughstock. 
  19. ^ Matt Bjorke (July 23, 2014). "Top 30 Digital Country Singles – July 23, 2014". Roughstock. 
  20. ^ Matt Bjorke (June 11, 2015). "Country Music's Top 30 Digital Singles: Week of June 11, 2015".  Sales figure given here [2]
  21. ^ Bjorke, Matt (May 5, 2016). "Top 30 Digital Singles Report: May 5, 2016". Roughstock. 
  22. ^ "Single Releases". MusicRow. Retrieved July 9, 2016. 
  23. ^ "CMT : Videos : Eric Paslay : Friday Night". Country Music Television. Retrieved August 7, 2013. 
  24. ^ "CMT : Videos : Eric Paslay : Song About a Girl". Country Music Television. Retrieved June 2, 2014. 
  25. ^ Leahey, Andrew (March 12, 2015). "Watch Eric Paslay's Reflective 'She Don't Love You' Video". Rolling Stone. Retrieved March 12, 2015. 
  26. ^ "The Driver – Charles Kelley". Vevo. Retrieved October 24, 2015. 
  27. ^ "CMT : Videos : Eric Paslay : High Class". Country Music Television. Retrieved March 12, 2016. 

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