- Little Big Town
Infobox musical artist
Name = Little Big Town
Img_capt = Little Big Town performing live on February 28, 2008.
Background = group_or_band
Genre = Country
Years_active = 1998-present
Label = Mercury Nashville
URL = http://www.littlebigtown.com
Clint Black Jake Owen Sugarland
Current_members = Karen Fairchild
Kimberly Roads Schlapman
Little Big Town is an American
country musicvocal group. Founded in 1998, the group has comprised the same four members since its inception: Karen Fairchild, Kimberly Roads Schlapman, Jimi Westbrook, and Phillip Sweet. The quartet's musical style relies heavily on four-part vocal harmonies, with all four members alternating as lead singers. Westbrook and Sweet also play rhythm guitar.
After a short-lived deal with the
Mercury Nashville Recordslabel which produced no singles or albums, Little Big Town released their self-titled debut on Monument Recordsin 2002. It produced two minor country chart singles before the group left the label. By 2005, the group had been signed to Equity Music Group, an independent record label owned by Clint Black. Their second album, " The Road to Here", was released that year. Certified platinum in the U.S., it produced consecutive Top Ten singles on the country charts in "Boondocks" and "Bring It on Home". "A Place to Land" is the title of their third album, released in 2007. This album's first single, "I'm with the Band", was a Top 40 hit on the country charts. Shortly after its release, the group was transferred to Capitol RecordsNashville, which acquired the rights to "A Place to Land" and released "Fine Line" as its second single.
Little Big Town has charted ten singles on the U.S. "Billboard"
Hot Country Songscharts. This figure includes a Christmas single which was made available only as a download, and a live cover of " Life in a Northern Town" (which features Sugarlandand Jake Owen) which charted in 2008 based on unsolicited airplay.
In 1987, while attending
Samford Universityin the state of Alabama, singers Kimberly Roads and Karen Fairchild met; eventually, the two moved to Nashville, Tennessee, where they reunited and began singing together.cite web |url=http://www.usatoday.com/life/music/news/2006-10-17-otv-little-big-town_x.htm |title=Success no longer on Town's outskirts |accessdate=2007-12-16 |last=Mansfield |first=Brian |date=2006-10-22 |work= USA Today] Jimi Westbrook, a friend of Fairchild's husband, joined Roads and Fairchild in 1998. The three singers began performing as a trio, eventually rehearsing with Gary LeVoxand Joe Don Rooney, both of whom would eventually become members of the country pop group Rascal Flatts. By 1999, Phillip Sweet was added as the fourth member of the group, which by then had chosen the name Little Big Town.
"Little Big Town"
Little Big Town's first record deal was with
Mercury Nashville Records; however, no singles or albums were released on that label, due to creative disputes. By 2002, Little Big Town was signed to Monument Records. Their first album, also named "Little Big Town", was released that year. It produced the singles "Don't Waste My Time" and "Everything Changes", which respectively peaked at #33 and #42 on the "Billboard" country charts.
Westbrook's father passed away in 2002, just after the group's first album was released. Fairchild and Sweet both divorced shortly afterward, and the group was dropped from Monument's roster. The four members all took up day jobs to earn additional money, although they continued to tour as well.
"The Road to Here"
In 2005, Little Big Town was signed to
Equity Music Group, a label started and partially owned by country music singer Clint Black. Their third single was released on Equity in May of that year; entitled "Boondocks", the song slowly climbed the country music charts, where it reached a peak of #9. "Boondocks" served as the first of four singles the group's second album, " The Road to Here", which was released in the United States on October 4, 2005.
"Bring It On Home", the second single from "The Road to Here", became Little Big Town's first Top 5 hit on the country charts in 2006. It was followed by "Good as Gone" and "A Little More You", both of which entered Top 20. By the end of 2006, "The Road to Here" had been certified platinum for selling more than one million copies in the United States.
"A Place to Land"
"A Place to Land" is the title of Little Big Town's third studio album, released in the United States on November 6, 2007. Its lead-off single, "I'm with the Band", peaked at #32 on the country charts. On April 23, 2008, Little Big Town announced it was leaving Equity for Capitol Nashville. [ [http://www.billboard.com/bbcom/news/article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1003793234 Little Big Town Signs With Capitol Nashville] ]
Shortly afterward, they charted along with
Sugarlandand Jake Owenon a live cover of The Dream Academy's " Life in a Northern Town". This live recording, taken from Sugarland's 2007 tour, reached #28 on the country charts based on unsolicited airplay. Later in 2008, Capitol issued "Fine Line" as the second single from "A Place to Land", which will be re-issued in November 2008 with "Life in a Northern Town" as a bonus track.
Karen Fairchild and Jimi Westbrook secretly married on May 31, 2006, although their marriage was not revealed until two months later. [cite web |url=http://www.gactv.com/gac/nw_headlines/article/0,,GAC_26063_4834436,00.html |title=Little Big Town Members Announce Marriage |accessdate=2007-12-16 |date=2006-07-11 |work=
Great American Country]
Kimberly Roads was married to Stephen Schlapman on November 28, 2006; [cite web |url=http://www.gactv.com/gac/nw_headlines/article/0,,GAC_26063_5197121,00.html |title=Little Big Town's Kimberly Roads Weds |accessdate=2007-12-16 |date=2006-12-07 |work=Great American Country] she gave birth to a baby girl, Daisy Pearl Schlapman, on July 27, 2007. [cite web |url=http://www.gactv.com/gac/nw_headlines/article/0,3034,GAC_26063_5651313_,00.html |title=It's a Girl for LBT's Kimberly Roads! |accessdate=2007-12-16 |date=2007-07-30 |work=Great American Country] She now goes by her husband's last name, Schlapman [http://www.caller.com/news/2008/may/02/little-big-town-band-keeps-sound-from-the-road/] Schlapman was previously married to Steven Roads, who died from a heart attack in 2005. He was also the band's lawyer. [http://www.thenortheastgeorgian.com/articles/2006/01/31/news/top_stories/02topstory.txt]
Phillip Sweet married Rebbeca Arthur, a business owner and wardrobe stylist, on
30 March 2007. Arthur gave birth to daughter Penelopi Jane on December 27 2007at 5:47 p.m. at the Baptist Hospital in Nashville. [ [http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20169061,00.html Little Big Town's Phillip & Rebecca Sweet Have a Daughter - Little Big Town, Babies : People.com ] ]
Little Big Town's musical stylings are defined by four part vocal harmonies. Unlike most vocal groups, Little Big Town does not feature a lead singer; instead, all four members alternatingly sing lead vocals.cite web |url=http://wc07.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=11:fpfwxq80ldse~T1 |title=Little Big Town biography |accessdate=2007-12-16 |last=Ruhlmann |first=William |work=
Allmusic] These split vocal duties are most obvious on "Boondocks", in which all four members alternate in various combinations.
* [http://www.littlebigtown.com/ Official Site]
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