Eric Church celebrates the 11th anniversary of the album “Chief”

by Tiffany Goldstein

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It’s officially been 11 years since the country music star Eric church released his third studio album, “chief.” The platinum-selling performer took to social media on Tuesday (July 26) to honor the collection that changed the trajectory of his music career.

Church broke into the genre with her 2006 debut record”Sinners like me,” places his name on the map with clues “What about you,” “Guys like me” and “Two pink lines.” The Country Outlaw star kept the positive momentum going with his critically acclaimed LP, “Carolina.” However, it was first in his 11-song collectionchief” in 2011 that he reached maximum stardom.

“11 years as a boss… what’s your favorite song on the album?” Church wrote along with a video of the cover.

His devoted fanbase “The Church Choir” was quick to respond as they rattled off tracks from the fan-favorite compilation. The catalog contains huge hits such as – “Drink in my hand,” “Springsteen,” “Just like Jesus does,” “Over when it’s over,” “I’m stoned,” and more.

“I absolutely love every song on the ‘Chief’ album. One of my favorite albums. Happy 11 years boss❤️❤️,” said one follower. “‘Springsteen’ hands down. One of the first country songs I ever heard. Been hooked on country ever since. Thanks for the memories,” said another.

The church sold 144,990″chief” albums and scored No. 1 on Billboard’s Country and Top 200 charts. In 2011, the well-rounded record was the second best-seller behind Brad Paisley. Church also received her first GRAMMY nomination for Best Country Album for “Chief.” Within the same year, the Academy of Country Music named him a “Top New Solo Vocalist.”

After the release, the megastar told Tallahassee Democrat that he reached a whole new demographic with “chief” and grew his supportive community.

“We were on the top albums of the year in Rolling Stone, Spin and on NPR,” Church recalled in 2012 to the publication. “I was surprised, but happy. It’s gratifying to me because it’s breaking down genres. We’re reaching people who don’t normally listen to country.”

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The positive praise didn’t come as a surprise, as the state-of-the-art project had a way of getting attention. Each track showcases Church’s beloved Carolina drawl and ear-grabbing grit. The hitmaker worked with a frequent collaborator Jay Joyce to produce “chief” to perfection.

The former CMA Entertainer of the Year and Joyce have come a long way since making waves in the genre with “Chief.” Their latest project together wasHeart & Soul“, a triple album. The three-part record not only serves as his “long-term commitment to fans,” but also shows how he’s constantly at the forefront of the evolving musical landscape. To perform each track, the two created a temporary studio in a seasonal restaurant in Banner Elk, North Carolina, and recorded for 28 consecutive days.

“I’ve always been fascinated when a song is born in a writer’s room — magic happens there,” Church previously said. “I wanted to put it in the studio form. So every day we wrote a song in the morning and we recorded the song that night. Doing it that way allowed the songwriters to be involved in the studio process and the musicians to be involved in the creative process. You kind of felt like you were secretly doing something that was special, and you knew it… You started going, ‘hmm, wait,’ until the world finds out about this.”

The brain has previously packed its Reassemble Tourwhere he performed numbers from “Heart & Soul” and old-school classics. At the end of October, Church will make a grand appearance at the “Harvest Moon” festival as a headline act. The 2-night show will take place in Miramar Beach, Florida. Advance ticket sales begin on Tuesday, August 2.

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