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Origin Pensacola, Florida, United States
Genres Country
Years active 2000
Labels MCA Nashville
Associated acts Lonestar
Past members Cody Collins
Valerie Gills
Leigh Usilton
Josh Walther

McAlyster was an American country music group founded in Pensacola, Florida. Its members comprised Cody Collins, Josh Walther, Leigh Usilton and Valerie Gills. They were signed to MCA Nashville Records in 2000. Their debut single, "I Know How the River Feels", was previously a No. 32 country single in 1999 for Diamond Rio, and was originally recorded by Ty Herndon on his 1996 album Living in a Moment.[1] McAlyster's demo rendition was released as a single, peaking at No. 69 on the country charts.[2] In 2007, former member Cody Collins succeeded Richie McDonald as lead singer of the group Lonestar, while Walther began a solo career and forming the cover band Phase 5 which shared the stage with Paul McCartney at an event in 2015.[3]


Year Single Peak positions
US Country
2000 "I Know How the River Feels" 69


  1. ^ "MCA to Release Demo as Single". CMT. 2000-08-24. Retrieved 2008-10-19. 
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2008). Hot Country Songs 1944 to 2008. Record Research, Inc. p. 261. ISBN 0-89820-177-2. 
  3. ^ "Meet The Event Singer, Josh Walther, Who Performed With Paul McCartney". WCBSFM. 2015-05-11. Retrieved 2016-01-08.