OFFSTAGE: Eric Church’s Moment of Grammy Disbelief

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He discovered it on his iPhone. That’s how Eric Church found out that his album, Chief, had been nominated for a Grammy for best country album. “I got on my iPhone, went on grammy.com. I scrolled down and I saw Chief there. So I scrolled back up, back down, back up, and back down. I refreshed the page three or four times. ‘Cause I couldn’t believe it,” he admits in this Five Questions With Eric Church video on the Grammy website. He also talks about how the Grammys are the holy grail for him and that the people he respects the most are the ones doing the voting. And if he does win the prestigious award, he’ll be in good company. The winners from the past 10 years have been Lady Antebellum, Taylor Swift, George Strait, Vince Gill, the Dixie Chicks, Alison Krauss, Loretta Lynn and Faith Hill. So Church would be one of the few solo male artists to take that gramophone trophy home. “The Chief record changed everything in my career and my life. Sometimes you feel like you’re beating your head against the wall for six or seven years. And it’s like all of a sudden in the last six months, we’re a six-year overnight success,” he says. I have a feeling a Grammy would change everything, too.

Alison makes her living loving country music. She's based in Chicago, but she's always leaving her heart in Nashville.