Chris Cagle

Chris Cagle
Chris Cagle

Chris Cagle in October 2010.
Background information
Born November 10, 1968 (1968-11-10) (age 43)[1]
Origin DeRidder, Louisiana, USA
Genres Country
Occupations Singer-songwriter
Instruments Vocals, guitar[2]
Years active 1996–present
Labels Virgin Records Nashville, Capitol Records Nashville, Bigger Picture Music Group
Associated acts David Kersh
Website http://chriscagle.com

Chris Cagle (born November 10, 1968) is an American country music artist. Signed with Virgin Records Nashville in 2000, Cagle made his debut on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks (now Hot Country Songs) charts with the single "My Love Goes On and On", the first single from his debut album Play It Loud. The album, which was certified gold in the United States, also produced the Top 10 hit "Laredo" and "I Breathe In, I Breathe Out", his only Number One hit.

Play It Loud was followed in 2002 by Chris Cagle, released on Capitol Records Nashville. Also a gold album in the U.S., it produced the Top 5 hits "What a Beautiful Day" and "Chicks Dig It". Anywhere but Here, his third album, followed in 2005 and produced the #12-peaking "Miss Me Baby". A fourth studio album, titled My Life's Been a Country Song, was released in 2008, and its lead-off single, "What Kinda Gone", peaked at #3 on the country music charts in early 2008. Overall, his albums have accounted for thirteen singles, of which all but one have charted.

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Biography

Cagle was born in DeRidder, Louisiana on November 10, 1968;[1] by the time he was four years old, his family moved to Sugar Land, Texas, just outside of Houston, Texas. He stayed there until moving to Baytown, Texas in high school.[2][3] During his high school years, he took piano lessons before switching to guitar. His senior year he moved to White Settlement, Texas, where he attended and graduated from Brewer High School in 1987. After graduating high school, he attended University of Texas at Arlington for one year. He skipped his finance courses to audit music classes, and performed at night in nearby clubs.[4] Cagle later dropped out of college. Chris moved to Nashville in 1994 at the behest of entertainment attorney Rod Phelps. Chris told Phelps that he "...had no place to live, no job, and no money". Phelps hired Cagle as a nanny for Phelps' three daughters, Shayna, Ashley and Tiffany, where he remained for several months. While in Nashville, Cagle was waiting tables and tending bar while working to improve himself as a songwriter. One big break came when he met the legendary Harlan Howard, who was so impressed with Chris's songwriting progress that he was became the first to publish one of his songs.[4] Chris then landed a publishing deal and had songs recorded by David Kersh. A woman he met while waiting tables led him to Virgin Records head Scott Hendricks, who signed him to a label deal.[4] He currently lives in Ardmore, Oklahoma near the Dornick Hills Golf Course, in southern Oklahoma.

Musical career

For the next five years he worked odd jobs throughout Nashville, eventually landing a songwriting deal and co-writing album tracks for David Kersh.[1] While working at a restaurant, he was discovered by an agent of the newly-formed Nashville division of Virgin Records, and was signed to a recording deal with the label in 2000.[3]

2000-2002: Play It Loud

Cagle's first album, Play It Loud, was issued in mid-2000. Serving as its lead-off single was "My Love Goes On and On", which reached a peak of #15 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks (now Hot Country Songs) charts, while "Laredo", its follow-up, became his first Top Ten hit in mid-2001.[2] After Virgin closed in 2001, the album was re-issued on Capitol Records with "I Breathe In, I Breathe Out" (which was also one of the songs that he had written for David Kersh in the late 1990s) added as a bonus track. Its b-side, "Country by the Grace of God," was the fourth and final single from the album. Cagle's rendition became his first Number One hit in early 2002. By the end of the year, Play It Loud had been certified gold in the United States.

2003-2004: Chris Cagle

Capitol released Cagle's second album, Chris Cagle, in the middle of 2003. His second consecutive gold album, it produced the Top 5 singles "What a Beautiful Day" and "Chicks Dig It", as well as the #39-peaking "I'd Be Lying".[2]

In 2003, Cagle also performed "Don't Ask Me No Questions" for the Blue Collar Comedy Tour: The Movie soundtrack, which also plays during the end credits of the film.

In early 2004, Cagle was diagnosed with multiple anomalies on his vocal cords, including a polyp, a lesion, a vocal fold cyst, and a granuloma. The diagnosis forced Cagle to cancel nearly twenty appearances that year, including opening dates for Rascal Flatts.[5] He was ordered sixty days of vocal rest, although he did not sing for nearly three months after the diagnosis.[6]

2005-2006: Anywhere But Here

After his vocal recovery, Cagle began work on his third studio album, Anywhere but Here, which was released in 2005. "Miss Me Baby" served as the album's first single, reaching a peak of #12 on the country music charts. The other two singles — "Wal-Mart Parking Lot" and the title track, which had also been a single for Brice Long in 2005 — both failed to enter the Top 40.

In August 2006, a Nashville judge ordered Cagle to pay approximately $737,000 to former manager Mark Hybner, whom Chris had sued in 2004 in an effort to void management and publishing deals he had signed in 1999.[7]

2007-2010: My Life's Been a Country Song and The Best of Chris Cagle

Chris' eleventh single, a song entitled "What Kinda Gone," was released to country radio in late 2007. Peaking at #3 on the country charts, it was the lead-off single to his fourth studio album My Life's Been a Country Song, which was released on February 19, 2008. The second single from the album, "No Love Songs", was released in May 2008, which debuted and peaked at #53 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts for the week of May 24, 2008. "Never Ever Gone" did not chart, and Cagle parted ways with Capitol Nashville shortly afterward.[8] The label released a greatest hits album in 2010 titled The Best of Chris Cagle.

2010-present: Back In The Saddle

In 2010, Cagle signed with the Bigger Picture Music Group, and released a new single, "Got My Country On," on June 28, 2011. It will serve as the lead-off single to his fifth studio album Back In the Saddle.

Personal life

Cagle graduated Ross S. Sterling High school in Baytown, Texas in 1987. He married school teacher, Elizabeth Filer on September 10, 2001 in Houston, Texas, but the marriage ended in divorce in 2003. On October 3, 2005, he announced on his web site that he was not the biological father of his then-girlfriend's baby.[9] Chris is a brother of the Missouri Theta Chapter of Phi Delta Theta.

Discography

Chris Cagle discography
Releases
Studio albums 4
Singles 13
Music videos 8
No.1 Single 1

Studio albums

Title Album details Peak chart
positions
Certifications
(sales threshold)
US Country
[10]
US
[11]
Play It Loud[A] 19 164
Chris Cagle 1 15
Anywhere but Here
  • Release date: October 4, 2005
  • Label: Capitol Nashville
  • Formats: CD, music download
4 24
My Life's Been a Country Song
  • Release date: February 19, 2008
  • Label: Capitol Nashville
  • Formats: CD, music download
1 8
Back In the Saddle
  • To be released: 2011
  • Label: Bigger Picture Music Group
  • Formats: CD, music download
To be released

Compilation albums

Title Album details Peak positions
US Country
[10]
The Best of Chris Cagle
  • Release date: February 9, 2010
  • Label: Capitol Nashville
  • Formats: CD, music download
34

Singles

Year Single Peak chart positions Album
US Country
[13]
US
[14]
US
Pop

[15]
CAN
[16]
2000 "My Love Goes On and On" 15 76 Play It Loud
2001 "Laredo" 8 60
"I Breathe In, I Breathe Out"[B] 1 35
2002 "Country by the Grace of God" 33
"What a Beautiful Day" 4 41 Chris Cagle
2003 "Chicks Dig It" 5 53
2004 "I'd Be Lying" 39
2005 "Miss Me Baby" 12 67 100 Anywhere but Here
2006 "Wal-Mart Parking Lot" 42
"Anywhere but Here" 52
2007 "What Kinda Gone" 3 54 96 69 My Life's Been a Country Song
2008 "No Love Songs" 53
"Never Ever Gone"
2011 "Got My Country On"[C] 36 Back in the Saddle
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Music videos

Year Video Director
2000 "My Love Goes On and On" Eric Welch
2001 "Laredo"
"I Breathe In, I Breathe Out"
2002 "Country by the Grace of God"
2003 "What a Beautiful Day" Eric Welch/Chris Cagle
"Chicks Dig It" Peter Zavadil
2005 "Miss Me Baby" Eric Welch
2006 "Wal-Mart Parking Lot"[17] Sam Erickson
2011 "Got My Country On" Marcel

Notes

  • A ^ Play It Loud was re-issued in 2001 on Capitol Nashville with two tracks added. It also peaked at number 3 on Top Heatseekers.[18]
  • B ^ "I Breathe In, I Breathe Out" is only on later presses of Play It Loud.
  • C ^ Current single.

References

  1. ^ a b c "Chris Cagle biography". Country Music Television. http://www.cmt.com/artists/az/cagle_chris/bio.jhtml. Retrieved 2008-02-02. 
  2. ^ a b c d Whitburn, Joel (2008). Hot Country Songs 1944 to 2008. Record Research, Inc.. p. 74. ISBN 0-89820-177-2. 
  3. ^ a b Ruhlmann, William. "Chris Cagle biography". Allmusic. http://www.allmusic.com/artist/p327079. Retrieved 2008-02-02. 
  4. ^ a b c "Chris Cagle biography". http://www.hoodmwr.com/promo_events/rock/ChrisCagleBio.pdf. Retrieved 2010-11-07 work=Capitol Nashville. 
  5. ^ Gilbert, Calvin (2004-01-21). "Chris Cagle Cancels Tour Dates: Lingering Vocal Cord Problems Force Announcement on Eve of Rascal Flatts Tour". Country Music Television. http://www.cmt.com/artists/news/1484493/01212004/cagle_chris.jhtml. Retrieved 2008-02-02. 
  6. ^ Morris, Edward (2005-11-28). "Chris Cagle: Cured but Still Intense: Singer Bounces Back From Vocal Ailment". Country Music Television. http://www.cmt.com/artists/news/1515118/11282005/cagle_chris.jhtml. Retrieved 2008-02-02. 
  7. ^ Wood, E. Thomas (2006-09-19). "Chris Cagle loses court battle with manager". Nashville Post. http://www.nashvillepost.com/news/2006/9/19/chris_cagle_loses_court_battle_with_manager. Retrieved 2008-02-02. 
  8. ^ Country Rosters Remain Stable Despite Sales Downturn
  9. ^ "Cagle Not the Biological Father of Girlfriend's Baby". Country Music Television. 2005-10-04. http://www.cmt.com/artists/news/1510898/10042005/cagle_chris.jhtml. Retrieved 2008-02-02. 
  10. ^ a b "Chris Cagle Album & Song Chart History - Country Albums". Billboard. Nielsen Company. http://www.billboard.com/#/artist/chris-cagle/chart-history/296104?f=320&g=Albums. Retrieved November 13, 2010. 
  11. ^ "Chris Cagle Album & Song Chart History - Billboard 200". Billboard. Nielsen Company. http://www.billboard.com/#/artist/chris-cagle/chart-history/296104?f=305&g=Albums. Retrieved November 13, 2010. 
  12. ^ a b "RIAA - Gold & Platinum - November 13, 2010: Chris Cagle certified albums". Recording Industry Association of America. http://www.riaa.com/goldandplatinumdata.php?table=SEARCH_RESULTS&artist=Chris%20Cagle&format=ALBUM&go=Search&perPage=50. Retrieved November 13, 2010. 
  13. ^ "Chris Cagle Album & Song Chart History - Country Songs". Billboard. Nielsen Company. http://www.billboard.com/#/artist/chris-cagle/chart-history/296104?f=357&g=Singles. Retrieved November 13, 2010. 
  14. ^ "Chris Cagle Album & Song Chart History - Hot 100". Billboard. Nielsen Company. http://www.billboard.com/#/artist/chris-cagle/chart-history/296104. Retrieved November 13, 2010. 
  15. ^ "allmusic ((( Chris Cagle > Charts & Awards > Billboard Singles )))". Allmusic. Nielsen Company. http://www.allmusic.com/artist/chris-cagle-p327079/charts-awards/billboard-singles. Retrieved November 13, 2010. 
  16. ^ "Chris Cagle - What Kinda Gone - Music Charts". acharts.us. http://acharts.us/song/31628. Retrieved November 13, 2010. 
  17. ^ Wal-Mart Parking Lot video
  18. ^ "allmusic ((( Chris Cagle > Charts & Awards > Billboard Albums )))". Allmusic. Nielsen Company. http://www.allmusic.com/artist/chris-cagle-p327079/charts-awards. Retrieved November 13, 2010. 

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