Born: Aug. 19, 1969 in Beaumont, Texas
Clay Walker grew up in Vidor, TX, where he learned to play guitar at the age of nine. From a young age, he entered area talent competitions and even submitted tapes to local radio stations in an effort to promote his music. Walker graduated from Vidor High School in 1987 and found work as a house singer at the Neon Armadillo bar in Beaumont.
In November 1992, Walker was signed to Giant Records and released his self-titled album, which garnered three #1 singles, “What’s It to You,” “Live Until I Die,” and “Dreaming with My Eyes Open.” Clay Walker was certified platinum by the Recording Industry of America. He received two award nominations the following year: TNN/Music City News’ Star of Tomorrow award, and the Academy of Country Music’s Top New Male Vocalist award. Walker quickly followed up with his sophomore release, If I Could Make a Living (1994) which also went platinum, with the title track and the song “This Woman and This Man” both spending weeks at #1.
The next few years saw the release of Hypnotize the Moon (1995), Rumor Has It (1997), Greatest Hits (1998), Live, Laugh, Love (1999) and Say No More (2001). Following 2007’s “Fall” and 2010’s “She Won’t Be Lonely Long” Walker continued to tour along with participating in charities that raise awareness of Multiple Sclerosis (MS) as he was diagnosed with the central nervous system disease in 1996. In 2003, Clay Walker formed a non-profit charity, Band Against MS and was recognized for his efforts in relation to the disease with a Humanitarian Award in 2008.