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Clint Black

Clint Patrick Black (born February 4, 1962 in Long Branch, New Jersey, USA) is a country music singer, songwriter and producer. Growing up in Katy, Texas as the youngest of four brothers, Black took a passionate interest in music at age 13 teaching himself to play the harmonica and then guitar and bass. He dropped out of high school to play in his brother's band and played the local club circuit around Houston, Texas as he also ventured into songwriting. Soon, he and Hayden Nicholas began playing and writing songs together, soon signing with Bill Hamm (manager of ZZ Top, among others) at RCA Records.

Black's first single, "A Better Man", was a #1 hit, as was his debut album Killin' Time. Clint Black swept the Country Music Association's awards in 1989, winning in six different categories. Killin' Time spawned three hits besides "A Better Man": "Killin' Time", "Nobody's Home" and "Walkin' Away".

Black's second album, Put Yourself in My Shoes, was a critical failure but still included several hit singles, most notably "Loving Blind" and "Where Are You Now". He began touring with Alabama and soon married actress Lisa Hartman. A royalty-lawsuit with Bill Ham was ongoing while Black recorded his third album, The Hard Way, which received mixed reviews but became almost as successful as the previous two. "We Tell Ourselves", the first single, was a #1 hit. His next albums, No Time to Kill, One Emotion and Nothin' But the Tailights were popular within the country music scene, but he has not been able to regain his stature in the mainstream market. He remains one of the best-selling country singers of the 1990s.

Black left RCA. He and his wife have a daughter, Lily Pearl and live in Nashville, Tennessee. He helped form the record label, Equity Music Group, of which he is part owner and flagship artist. Equity produced its first album, Spend My Time by Clint Black, in March, 2004.

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