Kenneth Eric Church (born May 3, 1977), known professionally as Eric Church, is an American musician, singer and songwriter. Signed to Capitol Nashville since 2005, he has since released a total of five studio albums for that label. His debut album, 2006’s Sinners Like Me, produced four singles on the Billboard country charts including the top 20 hits “How ‘Bout You”, “Two Pink Lines”, and “Guys Like Me”.
On November 3, 2015, Church’s new surprise album, Mr. Misunderstood, arrived in the mail boxes of his Church Choir members. The album became available to the public on iTunes the following day. The album was released as a surprise with no fanfare and no promotional advertisements in preparation for the release. The album was produced by The Outsiders producer Jay Joyce and executive producer Arturo Buenahora, Jr. The first single, the title track, was released to radio on November 9, 2015. The first live performance and debut of the title track was on the 2015 CMA Awards. The song peaked at #15 on the airplay chart as of chart ending date February 6, 2016. “Record Year” will be the album’s second single. The album’s final track, Three Year Old pays tribute to all the lesson’s Eric has learned from his three year old son Boone McCoy. Boone McCoy was also credited with naming Eric’s guitar “ButterBean”. Church used “ButterBean” for the creation of this album. Mr. Misunderstood is nominated for Album of the Year at the 2016 ACM Awards and the title track is nominated for Video of the Year. Mr. Misunderstood features 10 self-written and co-written tracks and features themes of independence, lessons learned, and loyalty. The album was recorded by Jason Hall at St. Charles in Nashville. In March 2016, the album’s second single, “Record Year”, was released to the radio.