What do you think of when you hear the names Ty England, Aaron Lines, Chad Brock, and Heartland? To some, a hit song, to some a collective, “Huh?” [photogallerylink id=21280 align=right]
We have heard it all before. A song comes out, it is a smash hit, and then the artist fades from the spotlight. It doesn’t seem to happen as much in country music as it does in pop music, but country music is not void of a few here and there.
Here is a list of artists who entered the country music scene swingin’, but ended up fading away (in no particular order):
[lastfm]Josh Gracin[/lastfm]: His 2004 hit “Nothing To Lose” raced to the top of the charts and his next single, “Stay With Me (Brass Bed)” also performed well, but he could not get back to the top of the mountain, hit-wise.
[lastfm]The Wreckers[/lastfm]: It still may be a little early to call the end of “The Wreckers”, but after their smash hit, “Leave The Pieces”, they have had a hard time matching that success.
[lastfm]Heartland[/lastfm]: In 2006, they released their hit single, “I Loved Her First”. While it might be a little early to dismiss them, they have released 5 singles since with little results. We wish them the best.
[lastfm]Chad Brock[/lastfm]: Let’s be fair, this former professional wrestler, did have 2 “hit” songs, but it was “Yes!” that went to the top of the charts. Since then, none of his releases have topped #47.
[lastfm]Julie Roberts[/lastfm]: The ‘I’m not sure I want to but I’m gonna do it anyway’ break-up tune “Break Down Here” was gold-certified in 2004, but her sophomore album “Men & Mascara” in 2006, provided no new hit singles.
[lastfm]Ty England[/lastfm]: Ty England started in 1989 as a member of Garth Brooks’ band before going out on his own in the mid-1990’s. England’s most successful single by far, “Should’ve Asked Her Faster”, hit #3. He went on to release three more albums, with little success.
[lastfm]George Ducas[/lastfm]: Ducas did score 6 different charted singles in the mid-1990’s, but only one broke the Top 10. “Lipstick Promises” peaked at #9 and he has since made a name for himself as a songwriter.
[lastfm]Cyndi Thomson[/lastfm]: Some may say, “Who?” The singer, who is considered retired, scored her biggest hit with “What I Really Meant To Say”. She released a couple of other singles that didn’t come close to matching her early success.
[lastfm]Aaron Lines[/lastfm]: Hit the Hot Country charts with the song, “You Can’t Hide Beautiful” in 2002. Aaron has since released nearly 15 other singles that have not charted.
[lastfm]Kellie Coffey[/lastfm]: In 2001, Kellie released the song, “When You Lie Next To Me”. It quickly raced up the charts and landed at #8. Coffey won the Top New Female Vocalist award from the Academy of Country Music, but was not able to equal that success in releasing singles.
Is there anyone that is missing from the list? Is there anyone that doesn’t deserve to be on the list? Let us know!
Chad Brock: “Yes!”