Friday, November 15, 2013

AccuRadio Song Of The Day-Ty Herndon

Artist:Ty Herndon
Song:A Man Holdin' On (To A Woman Letting Go)
Album:This Is Ty Herndon: Greatest Hits

Country singer Ty Herndon had success in the late 90s with a total of seven top ten country music hit singles. He's still around but he now records for his own label. Boyd Tyrone Herndon was born May 2, 1962 in Meridian, MS and he grew up in Butler, AL. He grew up singing in church and played piano in local clubs as a teen. After graduating high school, he moved to Nashville. After no success in getting a record deal for ten years, Herndon moved to Texas. He was named 1993 Texas Entertainer of the Year and signed with Epic Records shortly afterwards. Epic Nashville A & R director Doug Johnson was his producer. Herndon's 1995 debut single What Mattered Most topped the Country Singles chart. The CD What Mattered Most was certified Gold and so was his second CD Living in a Moment. The single Living in a Moment also topped the charts in 1996. A Man Holdin' On (To A Women Letting Go) was the first single from Herndon's 1998 CD Big Hopes. It reached #5 on the Country Singles chart. The song was written by veteran Nashville songwriter Gene Dobbins along with John Ramey and Bobby Taylor. Dobbins has been around since the 70s and has written hits for Billy Walker, C.W. McCall and George Jones. Herndon's next single It Must Be Love was his final number one country hit. His 1999 CD Steam wasn't as successful as previous CDs. Then his career went in the tank. Herndon got divorced, declared bankruptcy, gained 75 pounds and was mugged in Los Angeles. And he was sued by a former manager. Herndon recorded an album in 2002. But after the first single stiffed, Epic shelved it, released this greatest hits comp and dropped Herndon. He went to rehab for substance abuse and then resurfaced in the Christian music market in 2010. Ty Herndon still tours and he released a new CD last month which he financed through Kickstarter. But I don't think we will see him at the top of the country charts again. Here's the video for A Man Holdin' On (To A Woman Letting Go) by Ty Herndon.

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