Granted, when most people think of country singers, they probably don’t think of New Jersey.
Wait! In fact, we’ve had some really good ones that were either born in New Jersey or raised here.
(This list is my opinion.)
Before I begin, let me point out that I generally use the term “from New Jersey” quite generously. I include people who were born here – even if they didn’t spend much time there AND artists who were not born here, but who grew up here.
1. Clint Black. Hits include “Killin ‘Time”, “A Better Man”, “Put Yourself in My Shoes” and “Like the Rain”.
Black was born in Long Branch and lived the first year of his life at Red Bank, before moving to Texas, where he grew up.
2. Eddie Rabbitt. Hits include “I Love a Rainy Night”, “Every Which Way But Loose”, “Suspicions” and the “You and I” duet with Crystal Gayle.
Rabbitt was born in Brooklyn, New York, but raised in East Orange, New Jersey. His big breakthrough was actually to write “Kentucky Rain”, a song that became a hit for Elvis Presley.
3. Richard Sterban, member of the Oak Ridge Boys. Hits include “Elvira”, Bobbie Sue “,” Y’all Come Back Saloon “and” (I’m Settin ‘) Fancy Free “.
Sterban was born in Camden and raised in Collingswood.
4. Mary Chapin Carpenter. Hits include “Down at the Twist and Shout”, “I Feel Lucky”, “Passionate Kisses” and “Shut Up and Kiss Me”.
Carpenter was born in Princeton. She attended Princeton Day School for a while, but spent much of her childhood in the Washington DC area.
5. Newton’s juice. Hits include “Queen of Hearts”, “Angel of the Morning” and “The Sweetest Thing (I’ve Ever Known)”.
Newton was born in Lakehurst but apparently grew up in Virginia.
6. Debby Boone. Hit: “You light up my life”.
Daughter of singer Pat Boone, she was born in Hackensack.
7. Ricky Nelson. Hit: “Garden Party”.
Born in Teaneck of artists Ozzie and Harriet Nelson. His family quickly moved to California.
8. Dierks Bentley. Hits include “What Was I Thinkin ‘”, “Come a Little Closer”, “Sideways” and “Drunk on a Plane”.
Although Bentley was born and raised in Phoenix, he spent at least some time during his teenage years in New Jersey. in 2011, Bentley spoke to Atlantic City Press on my graduation from Lawrenceville School: “I grew up in Phoenix and lived there for the first 14 years of my life. I had problems in my early teens and my parents decided to send me to boarding school. t go there, I would never have discovered country music. I made good friends – and I had a love for Jersey girls – but country reminded me of home and Arizona. “
9. Emily Strayer and Martie Macguire of Dixie Chicks. (Now known simply as The Chicks.) Hits include “There’s Your Trouble”, “Wide Open Spaces”, “Ready to Run” and “Cowboy Take Me Away”.
Sisters Emily and Martie (born Emily Erwin and Martie Erwin) grew up mainly in Texas. In fact, I can’t find anything “official”, but there are relatives of the sisters who live in South Jersey. I’ve heard rumors that long before fame, Emily and Martie performed in the Somers Point area, at least once. (If you can outline this, please email me: [email protected])
THE SOURCE: Wikipedia