Easton Corbin is topping the Billboard Country Album charts this week with his third studio release, About to Get Real, which officially hit shelves on June 30th. Corbin is no stranger to the high end of the charts after becoming the first country male solo artist to have a single reach number one (since Dierks Bentley in 2003) with his release of “A Little More Country Than That” back in 2010. His second album, “All Over the Road”, sold over 43,000 copies during its first week which was the highest number of first week sales that Mercury Nashville has seen in seven years. So what is Corbin’s story? He makes it seem so easy but the truth is that he has fought and worked hard to get to where he is today.
Easton Corbin was born in Gilchrist County, FL in April 1982. His parents divorced when he was young and he spent much of his early life afterwards growing up on his grandparents’ farm. It was here that he was introduced to the “country lifestyle” and began listening to artists like George Jones, Sammy Kershaw, Keith Whitley, and Conway Twitty. All of these artists would later have a major influence on Corbin’s sound and style as an artist. When Corbin wasn’t farming he was developing an even deeper interest in country music. He began to learn to play the guitar when he was fourteen. This is when he really began to blossom and start to find his niche in life. Music became something that he really loved and he knew that he wanted to pursue that much further. He soon started a band with some friends and they began to gain local fame by playing in various music festivals.
After high school Corbin began going to college at the University of Florida College of Agriculture where he obtained a bachelors degree in agribusiness. Farming was on his mind but music was in his heart and blood. After graduating from college Corbin started working at a local Ace Hardware store. He put music on the back burner for a time period and started trying to focus on just making a life. But he still could never fully let it go. He continued writing and playing music when one day he was contacted by a distant family member who happened to be a professor of entertainment management. He gave Corbin a list of contacts in Nashville which he reached out to soon after. This is when things really began to take off.
Corbin was signed to Mercury Nashville in 2009. He released his debut single A Little More Country Than That in July and it soon after found its way to the top of the charts. Album sales skyrocketed and in May 2010 he began touring as the opening act for Brad Paisley on his H20 World Tour. Corbin’s second album, All Over The Road, was released in September 2012. Although it was not as well received as his self titled first album it still did not disappoint fans. This brings us to his third album, About To Get Real. It has impressed both fans and critics alike. Corbin says that the song that he is most excited about from this album is Yup, which is scheduled to be released as a single on July 27th. He says that it is a fun song that he believes many people will be able to relate to, which is always an important factor he focuses on when writing his songs.
Easton Corbin has gone from a boy with a talent and a dream to a man who is pursuing his passions in life. He never expected to reach the level of stardom that he has achieved over the last five years but he is looking forward to what the future holds for him as an artist.
“I can’t believe how quick its been.”, Corbin says, “We’ve had a great five years and maybe we can get another five or more out of it. As an artist that’s what you hope for.”
I personally admire his down to earth attitude about his success as well as his tenacity and spirit. He uses his talent to create beautiful pieces of work that are not only catchy to fans but also relatable and real. These are the ingredients that will help him to solidify his place in the country music world and leave his mark. I believe that this is only the beginning of many years of success for this artist and his fans already can’t wait to see what he will bring to the table with his fourth album, already in the works.