Ricky Lynn Gregg

Ricky Lynn Gregg

Infobox Musical artist

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Name = Ricky Lynn Gregg
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Background = solo_singer
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Born = birth date and age|1961|8|22
Origin = Henderson, Texas, USA
Instrument = Vocals
Acoustic guitar
Bass guitar
Genre = Country
Occupation = Singer-songwriter
Years_active = 1993-2001
Label = Liberty
Capitol Nashville
Row Music Group
Associated_acts = Mel Street
URL = http://rickylynngregg.com

Ricky Lynn Gregg (born August 22, 1961 in Henderson, Texas) is a country music artist of Native American descent.cite web |url=http://www.oldies.com/artist-biography/Ricky-Lynn-Gregg.html |title=Ricky Lynn Gregg biography |accessdate=2007-08-23 |format=html |work=Oldies.com] Active between the years of 1993 and 2001, he has recorded three studio albums: two on Liberty Records (1993's "Ricky Lynn Gregg" and 1994's "Get a Little Closer") and one on Row Music Group (2001's "Careful What You Wish For"). His first two albums produced three hit singles on the "Billboard" country music charts, including the #36-peaking "If I Had a Cheatin' Heart".

Musical career

Ricky Lynn Gregg grew up in Longview, Texas, and began singing in the church at a very early age. His earliest influences were gospel and country. By 1992, Gregg was performing as a solo singer; the same year, he signed to Liberty Records and released his eponymous debut album. cite web |url=http://wm08.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=11:azfyxq85ldhe~T1 |title=allmusic ((( Ricky Lynn Gregg > Biography ))) |accessdate=2007-08-23 |last=Seida |first=Linda |work=Allmusic] The album produced several minor hits, including the Top 40 single "If I Had a Cheatin' Heart", a cover of a Mel Street song. In 1993, "Billboard" ranked him at #4 on their list of Top New Country Artists of the Year.

A second album, titled "Get a Little Closer", was released on Liberty in 1994; a year later, Gregg's manager, Jimmy Bowen, retired due to thyroid cancer, and Gregg was dropped from his label soon afterward. In 1997, Gregg found another manager, named Eddie Rhines, who helped the singer rebuild his fan base. By 2001, his third album, titled "Careful What You Wish For", was released on the newly established independent label Row Music Group (RMG).

Charitable efforts

Gregg has since begun a charity called Trail of Hope, which provides clothing for underprivileged Cherokee, Choctaw and Sioux Indians.cite web |url=http://www.ifco.org/Ricky_Lynn_Gregg/ricky_lynn_gregg.htm |title=Ricky Lynn Gregg |accessdate=2007-08-23 |format=html |work=IFCO.org]





External links

* [http://www.rickylynngregg.com/ Official website]
*myspace|rickylynngreggband|Ricky Lynn Gregg Band

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