“Eric Church is an independent-minded artist with an uncompromising attitude that is rare in contemporary country music,” said museum CEO Kyle Young, Wednesday. “His insistence on doing things his way recalls Waylon Jennings and Hank Williams Jr. We are thrilled to share his story in our latest cameo exhibition.”
Church’s "Outsiders World Tour" is closing in on the one million tickets sold milestone and was deservedly ranked #1 on Billboard’s Hot Tour listing in April. So far, he has established five venue attendance records on the tour. On July 30 and 31, Church inaugurated the new outdoor Ascend Amphitheater in Nashville with two sold-out acoustic solo performances.
Church became a bona fide Country Music big name with his albums Chief and The Outsiders both going platinum with chart toppers like “Talladega,” “Springsteen,” and "Give Me Back My Hometown."
Now collecting CMA and ACM awards, the Grand Ole Opry says Church has maintained “an authenticity that resonates deeply with his audience. His country-rock hybrid incorporates influences ranging from Merle Haggard to Metallica, and reflects the determination of many of today’s top country artists to break down genre barriers. Behind his trademark aviator shades, Church believes that, ‘music is universal; it speaks to people's souls on the deepest level. It's all just music.’”
Besides Haggard and Metallica, Church attributes some influences to Hank Williams Jr., Waylon Jennings, Kris Kristofferson, Pantera, and AC/DC.
Among his awards, are 2011 AMC Top New Solo Vocalist, 2012 CMA Album of the Year, ACA Song of the Year, 2013 ACM Album of the Year, and 2014 AMA Favorite Country Album.
In 2013, Eric and Katherine Churched formed the Chief Cares Fund established for charitable contributions and aid that has been provided for underprivileged children and families in Tennessee and North Carolina. They have also provided beds, clothing, and education for children in Nepal, Bibles and aid in Haiti and funds for the Humane Society’s no-kill animal shelters.