Multi-million selling country mega-star from Houston, Texas, Clint Black, is performing at the 143rd Kentucky Derby®. “To me, it’s only a comeback in that I’m putting out something new. As someone who has never stopped working, I don’t see me as having gone away,” Clint replies after being asked in 2015 why it took him ten years to release a new album.
Throughout his career, Black has sold over twenty million albums worldwide, has had fifty-seven charted singles, thirty-one top ten hits, and twenty-two number-one smashes. He has also been received many major awards including; Best Newcomer for the Country Music Awards in 1989, Album of the Year, Top Male Vocalist and Single of the Year at the Academy of Country Music Awards also in 1989, and Favorite New Country Artist at the American Music Awards in 1990.
Clint Black was born in the suburbs of Houston, Texas and was the youngest of four brothers. His performing career kicked off at his family barbeques where he performed alongside his brother Kevin. After high school, Black worked in construction for a year and then spend ten years working in the nightclub circuit. In 1988, Clint auditioned for a recording contract in Nashville which is where his career really took off. In 1991, he married actress Lisa Hartman who is also from Houston and ten years later in 2001 they had their first child together, Lily Pearl Black.
In 2004, Black scaled the charts by trading lines with big name artists such as George Strait, Toby Keith and Kenny Chesney on the Hank Williams Classic “Hey There Good Looking”. He has also had the chance to play live with artists such as Billy Joel and Jimmy Buffet. Black worked on collaborations with Martina McBride, Wynnona, Roy Rogers and more. In 2005, he contributed to the post-Katrina Charity Album; Hurrican Relief: Come Together Now, with “The Great Mississippi Flood”.
As a man who likes to do things on his own terms in his own way, naturally he started his own recording label, Equity. It was doing well for a while and founded, Little Big Town. However, when the band left them to go to a bigger label they shut down in 2008. Black then went dark for a while but still worked on smaller projects such as songs for Hasbro’s children’s shows. He also starred in the movies Flicka and Flicka 2 and went on Celebrity Apprentice. In 2013, the restaurant chain Cracker Barrel marketed an album displaying Black’s biggest hits which still sell well today.
Most recently, Clint Black released his album “On Purpose” in 2015, which he dedicates to his father who passed away in 2012.
“I grew up wanting to be the writer behind the song. That really all started with him. From time to time I imagine him out there just beyond the spotlight, listening.”
Please pass the tissues!
Attend the Fillies & Lilies Party Ft. Clint Black
Gain access to Derby Experiences’ exclusive Fillies & Lilies party with a special performance by the man himself, Clint Black.
Enjoy heavy hors d’oeuvres, a premium open bar and a private bourbon lounge. You can also step it up a notch and receive a VIP Access pass which includes a table for
four in the second row, cocktail service, along with everything included in the general admissions pass! You won’t want to miss the official kick-off party for the Kentucky Derby®!