ERIC CHURCH FROM HAITI TO NORTH CAROLINA
CHIEF CARES FOUNDATION CONTINUES RECORD YEAR
with “Living and Giving Award”
The Chief Cares Fund was organized by Eric and Katherine Church in 2013 and is administered by the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee. The CFMT is a registered 501c3 non-profit that serves over 2.5 million people with charitable giving, helping Chief Cares make a difference in ways that matter. Eric and Katherine have been able to use Chief Cares to impact lives not only in the United States, but also around the globe. Thus far, donations have been used to aid underprivileged families and children throughout Tennessee and Eric’s home state of North Carolina, as well as to help an orphanage in Nepal get beds, clothing and offer schooling to children that would otherwise never get the chance; deliver bibles and aid to Haiti, and help fund the Humane Society’s no-kill animal shelters with funds that go towards operational costs.
The two-time Country Music Association and four-time Academy of Country Music Award winner cemented his reputation as a maverick by releasing his 2015 album Mr. Misunderstood as a surprise, delivering it to fans before announcing its existence and putting it on sale. He recently notched his fifth No. 1 with “Record Year,” the second single, which Rolling Stone dubbed “the most moving moment” on the widely-lauded album, and recently premiered his new single, “Kill A Word” featuring Rhiannon Giddens on The Tonight Show.
The North Carolina native’s previous album, The Outsiders debuted at No. 1 on both the Billboard Top 200 Albums Chart and Top Country Albums Chart with the highest debut and sales of any release in the format that year, making Church 2014’s top-selling country music artist. The album garnered GRAMMY, CMA and ACM Album of the Year nominations and featured his No. 1 hits “Give Me Back My Hometown” and “Talladega,” as well as multiple nominee “Like A Wrecking Ball.” The Outsiders was the follow-up to Church’s Platinum-certified CHIEF, named the 2012 Album of the Year by both CMA and ACM, and GRAMMY-nominated for Best Country Album. The LP featured five Top 20 singles: “Homeboy” (certified Platinum for sales in excess of 1 million); the Top 10 “Like Jesus Does” and the Top 5 “Creepin’” (both certified Gold for sales in excess of 500,000); and two No. 1 hits “Drink in My Hand” (certified Platinum) and “Springsteen” (certified Double Platinum for sales in excess of 2 million singles). Church’s 2006 debut album, Sinners Like Me, and his sophomore album, Carolina, (2009) are both RIAA Gold certified.