Originally born in Atlanta, Texas in 1968, but mostly raised out of Foreman, Arkansas, Tracy Lawrence grew up in a five-sibling household, singing and playing guitar at a local Methodist church. Despite the objections of his stepfather, Lawrence was determined to pursue a career in music. At the age of seventeen, he joined a honky-tonk band before singing for a group based out of Louisiana. In 1990, Lawrence relocated to Nashville, Tennessee, supporting himself by performing different odd jobs as he continued to chase his musical dream. After becoming a regular performer at various local venues, Lawrence earns himself a recording contract with Atlantic Records in 1991.
Despite sustaining an injury when Tracy Lawrence put his life on the line to save a friend, Lawrence not only managed to achieve his dream of music career success but also earned himself worldwide recognition as a star within the country music genre. So far, Lawrence has recorded and released fourteen studio albums, eight compilation albums, and a live album. Out of the forty-nine official singles he’s released, nine of them have since become chart-topping hits.
10. Better Man, Better Off
Released in February 1997, (Better Man, Better Off) would peak at number two on the US Billboard Hot Country Songs chart and on RPM Canada’s Country Tracks. It also reached number eight on the US Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100 Songs chart, serving as one of a few crossover hits for Tracy Lawrence. The song comes from his album, (The Coast Is Clear), which was his fifth studio album release out of fourteen studio albums he’d release.
9. Find Out Who Your Friends Are (featuring Tim McGraw and Kenny Chesney)
The original 2006 version of (Find Out Who Your Friends Are) comes from Tracy Lawrence’s album, (For the Love), which was released in early 2007. However, the radio version of the song featured the inclusion of vocals of Tim McGraw and Kenny Chesney, which contributed to making what is now become a number one hit on the US Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. On the US Billboard Hot 100, it charted to number sixty-one, and on RPM Canada’s Hot Country Tracks at number sixty-nine. It was the ninth time Trace Lawrence would realize a number one hit on the US Billboard Hot Country Songs chart.
8. Is That a Tear
On the US Billboard Hot Country Songs chart, (Is That a Tear) peaked at number two while on RPM Canada’s Country Tracks at number one. Released in November 1996, it was the fourth single coming from Lawrence’s album, (Time Marches On). The song is played heavily by fiddle and guitar and was also charted on the US Billboard Under Hot 100 Singles at number four.
7. Time Marches On
Released in March 1996, (Time Marches On) reached number one on the US Billboard Hot Country Songs chart and RPM Canada’s Country Tracks chart. It would be the fifth out of six times Tracy Lawrence would realize a number one hit on both music charts as a career achievement. The album featuring the same name earned Double Platinum certification from the Recording Industry Association of America since its release, making it the second time he would achieve this plateau.
6. Texas Tornado
Coming from the 1995 album, (I See It Now), (Texas Tornado) peaked on the US Billboard Hot Country Songs chart and RPM Canada’s Country Tracks chart at number one, which was the fourth time Tracy Lawrence would realize this achievement. It would be the third out of the album’s four singles that would realize charting success, but the only one among them that would peak at number one.
5. If the Good Die Young
In 1994, the US Billboard Hot Country Songs chart and RPM Canada’s Hot Country Tracks chart, (If the Good Die Young), at number one, would be the third time Tracy Lawrence would achieve this. Coming from the album, (Alibis), the single served as the fourth consecutive number one hit for Lawrence on the US Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. The music video associated with the song was filmed at the Charlotte Motor Speedway, located in Concord, North Carolina, and was done so as an homage to drivers of the NASCAR circuit.
4. Sticks and Stones
The debut single coming from Tracy Lawrence is also the same name as his debut album, (Sticks and Stones). Released in 1991, the song became a chart-topper on the US Billboard Hot Country Songs chart and RPM Canada’s Country Tracks chart. Some critics suggested the reason why the song reached the top of the charts like it did was due to the popularity Lawrence received after it was made public he got in the line of gunfire to protect his girlfriend who would have otherwise been a victim of a rape crime. Regardless of their reasoning, the song was not only good enough to chart as well as it did but lead the way for three other singles that came from the same album also to chart well enough on their own. The album since earned Platinum certification from USA’s RIAA and Gold certification from Music Canada.
3. I See It Now
In 1994, the single, (I See It Now), peaked on the US Billboard Hot Country Songs chart at number two and on RPM Canada’s Hot Country Tracks at number five. On the US Billboard Hot 100, the song made its second out of six appearances as it charted at number eight-four. This song is featured on the album of the same name, which was released on September 20, 1994. The album itself earned Platinum certification with America’s RIAA and Gold certification with Music Canada.
2. Lessons Learned
On the US Billboard Hot 100, the single, (Lessons Learned), earned Tracy Lawrence his third song that would become a crossover hit as it charted at number forty in 1999. On the US Billboard Hot Country Songs chart and Canda’s Country Tracks, Lessons Learned peaked at number three. The album, which is also titled, (Lessons Learned), was the final album released by Atlantic Record’s Nashville Division before its official closure on February 1, 2000.
(Alibis) is the name of the album and its leading track, which was released on February 11, 1993. The album itself was certified Double Platinum by USA’s RIAA and certified Gold by Music Canada since its release. The single peaked at number one on the US Billboard Hot Country Songs chart and RPM Canada’s Country Tracks. On the US Billboard Hot 100, the song became Lawrence’s first crossover hit as it charted at number seventy-two.