Lonestar is an American country music group consisting of Richie McDonald (lead vocals, acoustic guitar), Michael Britt (lead guitar, background vocals), Keech Rainwater (drums), and Dean Sams (keyboards, background vocals). Before the group’s foundation, both Rainwater and Britt were members of the group Canyon. John Rich (bass guitar, lead and background vocals) was a member until 1998, when he was fired from the group. Rich later became a solo artist before joining Big Kenny to form Big & Rich, in addition to serving as a producer and songwriter for other artists. Between 2007 and 2011, McDonald exited the band for a solo career, with former McAlyster lead singer Cody Collins replacing him as lead vocalist in this timespan. McDonald has also composed singles for Clay Walker, The Wilkinsons, Billy Dean, and Sara Evans, in addition to releasing two solo albums and singing guest vocals on Mindy McCready’s 1996 single “Maybe He’ll Notice Her Now”.
Lonestar has charted more than 20 singles on Hot Country Songs, including 9 that reached No. 1: “No News”, “Come Cryin’ to Me”, “Amazed”, “Smile”, “What About Now”, “Tell Her”, “I’m Already There”, “My Front Porch Looking In”, and “Mr. Mom”. “Amazed” also charted at No 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming the first country song to do so since “Islands in the Stream” in 1983. “Amazed” and “My Front Porch Looking In” were the top country songs of 1999 and 2003, respectively, on Billboard Year-End. The group has recorded seven albums, one EP, and a greatest hits package for the defunct BNA Records, one album for Saguaro Road Records, and one album for 4 Star Records. Three of their albums have been certified platinum or higher by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).