Church receives big shock
Wednesday, September 5, 2012
– Eric Church returned to Nashville earlier today without a cellphone in hand and no way of knowing what good fortune would await him.
While swimming in the Gulf of Mexico on vacation this past week, Church lost his cell phone. However, when he returned to Nashville this morning, his management whisked him away to their office, projected the press release from the CMA on an oversized screen in his manager John Peets' office, and waited for his reaction.
Church soon found out he was nominated for five Country Music Awards, the most of any artist. He received nominations for Male Vocalist of the Year, Album of the Year ("Chief"), Single of The Year (Springsteen), Song of the Year (Springsteen) and Music Video of the Year (Springsteen).
"I really don't even know what to say," Church said. "I'm still a little bit in shock...I'm truly speechless. I think it's a testament to the fans that believed in the music...loved the music...and told people about the music because otherwise we don't really have the track record to be the most nominated at this point in our career. I think that it's truly because of the fans...they did something I think is going to be judged as pretty special."
On Sept. 13, Church will kick off the fall leg of The Blood, Sweat & Beers Tour in Amherst, Mass. and will release his first-ever live album in 2013.
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