Upchurch (musician)

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Ryan Upchurch
Upchurch in 2017
Upchurch in 2017
Background information
Born (1991-05-24) May 24, 1991 (age 29)
Cheatham County, Tennessee
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • rapper
  • comedian
Years active2014–present
LabelsRedneck Nation
Websitewww.rednecknationstrong.com

Ryan Upchurch (born May 24, 1991), known professionally as Upchurch, is an American performer from Cheatham County, Tennessee, on the outskirts of Nashville, Tennessee.[1] Upchurch is a country music rapper.".[2] Upchurch married long time boyfriend Evan Burdette in 2019.

Music career[edit]

Upchurch began uploading videos to YouTube.[2] He released an extended play, Cheatham County, in 2015, followed by a full-length album, Heart of America, in 2016.[2] Both releases reached the top 30 of the Billboard Top Country Albums chart.[3] Heart of America sold 1,300 copies in its first week of release.[4]

The second full-length album, Chicken Willie, was released in August 2016. It reached No. 22 on Billboard's Top Country Albums and No. 11 on the Rap Albums charts, selling 2,800 copies in the first week.[5] In 2017 Upchurch released another EP titled Summer Love, which is completely country-oriented, with no elements of rap music; and another studio album titled Son of the South. Summer Love debuted at No. 33 in the Top Country Albums chart with 3,700 copies sold, while Son of the South debuted at No. 29 with 48,100 copies sold.[6]

Upchurch's fifth studio album, King of Dixie, was released on November 10, 2017, and features 19 tracks. Upchurch's first rock album, Creeker, was released on April 20 which was focused on rock with few rap elements. His August 2018 release, Supernatural, a rap-focused album with some country elements, peaked at No. 6 on Billboard's Top Country Albums. His December 2018 album, River Rat, peaked at No. 22.

Upchurch released his first album of 2019, Creeker 2 in April. Creeker 2 featured songs such as Gassed Up, and Hillbilly Psycho along with 8 others. He would release Parachute 5 months later on September 24.

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions Sales
US
[7]
US Country
[3]
US Rap
[8]
US
Rock

[9]
US
Heat

[10]
US
Indie

[11]
Heart of America
  • Release date: January 15, 2016
  • Label: Johnny Cashville
30 24 5 31
Chicken Willie
  • Release date: August 12, 2016
  • Label: RHEC Entertainment
22 11 1 11
Bad Mutha Fucka
  • Release date: December 15, 2016
  • Label: RHEC Entertainment
42 11 2 22
Son of the South
  • Release date: May 5, 2017
  • Label: Redneck Nation
182 29 2 9
King of Dixie
  • Release date: November 10, 2017
  • Label: Redneck Nation
60 10 25 3
Creeker
  • Release date: February 12, 2018[13]
  • Label: Redneck Nation
35 5 6 3
The Oven

(with Demun Jones)

  • Release date: June 29, 2018
  • Label: Rahhh Records
10
Supernatural
  • Release date: August 19, 2018[15]
  • Label: Redneck Nation
71 6 5
River Rat
  • Release date: December 21, 2018[17]
  • Label: Redneck Nation
191 21 3
Creeker II
  • Release date: April 20, 2019
  • Label: Redneck Nation
66 7 10 4
Parachute
  • Release date: September 24, 2019
  • Label: Redneck Nation
52 6 23 4
Hooligan
(with Adam Calhoun)
  • Release date: November 25, 2019[20]
  • Label: ACal / RHEC
160
[21]
Everlasting Country
  • Release date: April 20, 2020
  • Label: Stonebaby Sounds / RHEC
61 6
[22]
6
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Extended plays[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions Sales
US Country
[3][23]
US Rap
[8]
US
Heat

[10][24]
US
Indie

[11][25]
Cheatham County
  • Release date: May 12, 2015
  • Label: Black Fly Music
29 18 7 23
Summer Love[26]
(as Ryan Upchurch)
  • Release date: May 5, 2017
  • Label: Redneck Nation
33 3 11
Project X, Vol. 1
(with Bottleneck)
  • Release date: January 30, 2018
  • Label: Redneck Nation
27 10
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Charted songs[edit]

Year Single Peak
position
Album
US Country
[27]
2016 "Southern Land"
(with Taylor Ray Holbrook)
44 Non-album singles
2018 "Shoulda Named It After Me"
(with Colt Ford)
46
2019 "Hey Boy, Hey Girl"
(with Katie Noel)[28]
47
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Music videos[edit]

Year Video Director
2015 "Can I Get an Outlaw" Charlie P / BlackFlyMusic
"Cheatham County"
"Country Way"
2016 "Hell Yeah"
"Come and Get It" BlackFlyMusic
"Dirty Boys" RHEC Entertainment
"Bad Mutha F**ka" BlackFlyMusic
"Shit Bubba"
"Rollin Stoned" RHEC Entertainment
2017 "Hillbilly" Redneck Nation
"Shoot the Moon" Charlie P / BlackFlyMusic
"Campfire Cologne" Redneck Nation
"Old Days"
"Ghost"
"Summer Love"
"White Lightning
"Legend"
"Radio Jam"
"Johnny Cash"
"American Made"
"Bloodshed"
2018 "Dirty Hat"
"Traveler"
"Dirty South" A. Luce Vision
"PondCreek Road"
"Buzz Won't Last"
"Who"
"The Oven"
"My Neck of the Woods"
"Spotlight"
"Yz"
"Don't Come Knockin"
2019 "Cheatham”
"Dukes of Hazard"
"Blue Moon"
"Ghost Ranch"
"Holler Boys"
"Fallen"
"Hooligan" A. Luce Vision / Drake McGuire
2020 "Roots Run Deep" A. Luce Vision
"Everlasting Country"

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Hick-hop: Rowdy country rapper performs at The Signal". Chattanooga Times Free Press. February 28, 2018.
  2. ^ a b c Kellman, Andy. "Upchurch | Biography & History". AllMusic. Retrieved May 13, 2016.
  3. ^ a b c "Upchurch Album & Song Chart History - Country Albums". Billboard. Retrieved November 21, 2017.
  4. ^ a b Bjorke, Matt (January 23, 2016). "Country Album Sales Chart: January 25, 2016". Roughstock. Retrieved May 13, 2016.
  5. ^ a b Bjorke, Matt (August 21, 2016). "Country Albums Sales Chart: August 22, 2016". Roughstock.
  6. ^ a b c Bjorke, Matt (May 15, 2017). "Top 10 Country Albums Chart: May 15, 2017". Roughstock.
  7. ^ "Billboard 200". Retrieved November 21, 2017.
  8. ^ a b "Upchurch Album & Song Chart History – Rap Albums". Billboard. Retrieved November 21, 2017.
  9. ^ "Upchurch Album & Song Chart History – Rock Albums". Billboard. Retrieved June 14, 2020.
  10. ^ a b "Upchurch Album & Song Chart History - Heatseekers Albums". Billboard. Retrieved November 21, 2017.
  11. ^ a b "Upchurch Album & Song Chart History - Independent Albums". Billboard. Retrieved November 21, 2017.
  12. ^ Bjorke, Matt (March 13, 2018). "Top 10 Country Albums Chart: March 12, 2018". Roughstock. Retrieved 14 April 2018.
  13. ^ "Creeker by Upchurch on iTunes". iTunes Store (US). Retrieved April 29, 2018.
  14. ^ Bjorke, Matt (June 4, 2018). "Top 10 Country Albums Sales Chart: June 5, 2018". Roughstock. Retrieved July 1, 2018.
  15. ^ "Supernatural by Upchurch on iTunes". iTunes Store (US). Retrieved September 18, 2018.
  16. ^ Bjorke, Matt (October 30, 2018). "Top 10 Country Albums: October 30, 2018". Roughstock. Retrieved November 1, 2018.
  17. ^ "River Rat by Upchurch on iTunes". iTunes Store (US). Retrieved January 1, 2019.
  18. ^ Bjorke, Matt (January 15, 2019). "Top 10 Country Albums Chart: January 14, 2019". Roughstock. Retrieved March 5, 2019.
  19. ^ Bjorke, Matt (October 7, 2019). "Top 10 Country Albums: Pure Sales Chart for October 7, 2019". RoughStock. Retrieved October 19, 2019.
  20. ^ "Hooligan by Upchurch & Adam Calhoun". Apple Music. Retrieved November 29, 2019.
  21. ^ @billboardcharts (December 2, 2019). "Debuts on this week's #Billboard200 (2/2)" (Tweet). Retrieved December 3, 2019 – via Twitter.
  22. ^ "Billboard Country Update - April 27, 2020" (PDF). Billboard.
  23. ^ "Top Country Albums". Billboard. May 27, 2017.
  24. ^ "Heatseekers Albums". Billboard. May 27, 2017.
  25. ^ "Independent Albums". Billboard. May 27, 2017.
  26. ^ "Ryan Upchurch". iTunes.
  27. ^
  28. ^ "Hey Boy, Hey Girl - Single". iTunes.

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