Tracy Byrd became a household name in the Country Music scene in 1993 when his third single, "Holdin' Heaven", off of his self-titled debut album with MCA Records, hit #1 on the Billboard Country Charts. The album also included the remake hit of Johnny Paycheck's "Someone to Give my Love to" cementing Byrd as a traditional country troubadour. The debut album went on to sell more than 500,000 copies, and be certified gold.
Byrd's second project, "No Ordinary Man", kept building on the momentum of the first album, featured the first radio single from it called "Lifestyle's of the Not so Rich and Famous" reached #4, followed by another top five hit, "The First Step.” Then with the release of the chart-topping hit "Watermelon Crawl" the second album crossed the half million sales mark and also certified gold. The release of the 4th and last single on this project moved Byrd to the top of the Billboard Album and Singles charts. The song, "The Keeper of the Star's" shot to #1 on the singles charts and pushed the album to double platinum status, selling over 2 Million Copies. "The Keeper of the Star's" won the Academy of Country Music's "Song of the Year" award in 1995. A keeper year for Tracy Byrd for sure.
His third studio Album, "Love Lesson" is one of Tracy's favorites. It includes the title track, another top five hit single for Byrd, and also included the top 15 singles, "Walking to Jerusalem" and Byrd’s personal favorite, "Heaven in My Women's Eyes.” A 4th top 15 single was released called "4 to 1 in Atlanta" which Byrd performed live on the David Letterman Show. The album also reached sales of 500,000 copies, certifying gold.
"Big Love" Byrd's fourth studio album was released in the fall of 1996. It spawned two more top five singles with the release of the title track and "Don't Take Her She's All I've Got" The videos for both songs reached the top of CMT's video charts and also earned Byrd his first TNN television special titled "Tracy Byrd's Big Love" on which Byrd invited guest's Johnny Paycheck, Mark Chesnutt, and Asleep at the Wheel. The album "Big Love" became Tracy's 4th consecutive studio album to be certified gold. Tracy said that this meant more to him than anything, because he knew fans weren't just listening to his hit songs on the radio, they were laying down their hard-earned money to own a copy for themselves, and that was flattering.
The 5th project on MCA, "I'm From the Country" contained the title track; a fun, party song stating what most fans already knew, that Tracy Byrd was from the country and sang country music. The CD also contained the beautiful ballad "I Wanna Feel That Way Again." Both singles reached the top five on the charts, and it was at this same time that TNN Outdoors recruited Byrd as the TV host of their “Weekend Outdoor Broadcast.” Tracy, a well-known outdoorsman, was perfect for the job and continued his hosting responsibilities for three years.
At this point in his career, Byrd was looking for a change in labels, but still was under contract with MCA Records, who were preparing a release of "Keepers: Greatest Hits" containing all the hits from Byrd's catalog of songs. The album quickly earned another gold record award for Byrd, but he was still trying to persuade MCA to let him out of his contract so he could pursue a different direction. MCA finally allowed Byrd out of his contract, and he quickly signed with RCA Records and got to work on a new project, "It's About Time", released in November of 1999 and would reach the top 10 quickly with the single "Put Your Hand In Mine." Byrd has said that this album is the most traditional album he ever released and therefore his favorite.
Tracy Byrd crossed into the new millennium with the release of his album "10 Rounds" It took off with the release of a duet with his longtime buddy and hometown hero, Mark Chesnutt. The song, "A Good Way to get on my Bad Side" was a milestone for Byrd to finally record with his good friend. Then came the release of the party song of the year, "10 Rounds with Jose Cuervo" which shot to the top of the Billboard charts to notch Byrd's third #1 single. He also hit the top 10 with his Spanish guitar flared "Just Let Me Be In Love".
Next came "The Truth About Men", including a title track with a comedic look at what men are really like. It was a team effort created with Tracy's buddies Blake Shelton, Andy Griggs, and Troy and Eddie of Montgomery Gentry lending their talents to the song and the video. This album also released the top 5 smash "The Drinkin' Bone" which became a crowd favorite sing-along.
Byrd was then moved to BNA Records, the sister label of RCA, which released his second greatest hits project, another feat that not many artists experience, two greatest hits projects! It debuted in the top five of the album charts and became Byrd's sixth gold album and sent him to over 6 million records sold.
Byrd then left the major label and released an album on his own, appropriately titled, "Different Things." Although this project was not commercially successful, it garnered Byrd his highest critical acclaim of his career with Billboard magazine choosing it as one of their Top 10 Country Albums of the Year.
Through all these years Byrd became a promoter favorite on the road, performing over 4000 shows across the United States, Canada, Mexico, Europe, and Australia from 1992 until 2009. He then needed a break to take care of himself and most importantly, his family: wife Michele, daughter Evee, and sons Logan and Jared, who had taken a backseat to his career for years. He did not perform from 2010-2013, but in 2014 he got back to the music with a new band, a new-found sobriety, and love of the thing he enjoys so much, "These days my life has great balance, with my music being a part of it, not all of it. I can honestly say I have never enjoyed it more!!"
Byrd went back in the studio in June of 2016 and started work on his first project in 10 years, recorded completely in Tyler, Texas at Rosewood Studios. This appropriately titled album, “All American Texan”, features 8 tracks written by Byrd, a fact he is very proud of. The album was released in October of 2016 and was very well received by his fans and critics alike.
If you get the chance to pick up some Tracy Byrd music and catch a show on the road, you won't be sorry that you did!