Earnest Clayton Walker, Jr. was born at August 19, 1969 in Beaumont, Texas. He is an American country music singer.
Earnest Clayton Walker, Jr. is the oldest child of Earnest Clayton Walker Sr. and Danna Yvonne Bush. He has a younger sister, Kimberly. His parents divorced when he was young. His mother got married again and gave him additional three half siblings. Walker fell in love with music at age 9. After leaving his shift as night-shift desk clerk at a Super 8 Motel one morning when he was only 16, Walker stopped at a local radio station to deliver a tape of a song he had written himself. Although the morning D.J told him that it was against the station's policy to play the song, as Walker drove away he heard his song play on the air for the first time. After graduating from Vidor High School in 1987, he pursued a full-time music career. After several years playing in various Texas honky-tonks, Walker became the house singer at the Neon Armadillo Bar in Beaumont. It was there that he was discovered by producer James Stroud, who helped Walker get a contract with Giant Records.
Walker's debut album, the self-titled Clay Walker, was released in 1993. It contained the #1 hit singles What's It to You, Live until I Die and Dreaming with My Eyes Wide Open. It also featured the #11 "Where Do I Fit In the Picture" as well as the song "White Palace" which was never an actual single, but Clay's momentum boosted the song's popularity as a club hit caused it to chart to #67 in April of 1994.
In 1994, Walker's second album, If I Could Make a Living, was released. It contained the #1 hit title track, as well as top-ten hit "This Woman and This Man" and minor hit "My Heart Will Never Know". Walker's third album, Hypnotize the Moon, was released in 1995. It contained the #2 hit "Who Needs You Baby", as well as the top five title track, another top ten hit called "Only On Days That End In 'Y' ".
1996 saw discouraging news. Clay Walker was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. Walker, however, didn't care. He was going to make music and perform concerts no matter what happened to him.
1997 saw the release of Walker's fourth album, Rumor Has It. The hits on this album included the title track, the top five hits "Watch This" and "Then What", and a lesser hit called "One, Two, I Love You".
In 1998, Walker's Greatest Hits was released, featuring all of his hit singles, plus two new hit songs, "You're Beginning to Get to Me", and "Ordinary People".
In 2002, Walker wrote and recorded a song for the NFL's newest expansion team, the Houston Texans. "Football Time in Houston" was used as the team's official fight song during the team's inaugural season.
In 2003, the franchise chose to go with a different song that had an overwhelmingly negative response from the fans. Shortly thereafter, Walker's song returned and is still the team's fight song today. Walker makes frequent appearances at Texans games and traditionally sings the "Star-Spangled Banner" at the team's home-opener each season.
Walker is one of a select few artists to have one of his songs included in Billboard's year-end Top 10 Country Songs list for 5 consecutive years. His albums have sold a combined 8 million copies, and he has had 6 number-one singles and 15 Top 10 singles.
In 2006, he purposed a model Jessica Craig and now they are planning to get married on 28 September, 2007. His new album on Asylum-Curb, titled Fall, was released April 17, 2007 and features some of the great tracks.
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