Born: Aug. 19, 1969 in Beaumont, Texas
Clay Walker was born on August 19, 1969, in Beaumont,
Texas and grew up in Vidor, TX, where he learned to
play guitar at the age of nine. At an early young age, he
entered area talent competitions and even submitted
tapes to local radio stations in an attempt to promote his
music. Walker graduated from Vidor High School in
1987 and began touring the state shortly after that,
eventually finding work as a house singer at the Neon
Armadillo bar in Beaumont. In November 1992,
Walker was signed to Giant Records when he was
discovered by James Stroud, record producer and
president of Warner Music Group.
In 1993, Walker released his self-titled album and
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 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 (199T), Greatest Hits (1998), Live,
Laugh, Love (1999) and Say No More (2001).
Giant Records closed in late 2001, and Walker signed
with RCA releasing “A Few Questions” in 2003, which
received criticism for its more pop-country format. In
July 2005, Walker signed his third record deal with the
Asylum-Curb division of Curb Records and has since
released two more albums, 2007's Fall and 2010's She
Won't Be Lonely Long.
Walker continues to tour, promoting his albums and
giving concerts the world over along with participating
in charities that raise awareness of Multiple Sclerosis
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 with a Humanitarian
Award in 2008.