Top 5 Hardest Working Men & Women in Country Music!
In honour of the Boots & Hearts Hard Workin’ Man Contest we wanted to share 5 men & women in country music who work their tails off!
1. Brad Paisley
He has scored 32 Top 10 singles on the U.S. and Canadian charts, 18 of which have reached #1. He holds the record for most consecutive singles, ten, reaching the top spot on those charts. Paisley has sold over 12 million albums and won 3 Grammy Awards, 14 ACMA’s, 14 CMA’s, and 2 AMA’s. He has earned country music’s crowning achievement, becoming a member of the Grand Ole Opry. Even after all that, he still manages to stay grounded. He has created his own chairtable fund to aid the charities in West Virginia, set up the Brad Paisley Celebrity Invitational Fishing Tournament in aid of the St Jude Children’s Research Hospital. He has also supported the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Disease Research, the Elizabeth Glaser Paediatric AIDS Foundation, Wal-Mart’s Take a Kid Fishing Day, the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree programmed the T.J. Martell Foundation. In 2004, he was awarded the Country Radio Broadcaster’s Artist Humanitarian Award.
2. Carrie Underwood
With more than 14 million albums sold worldwide, 14 No. 1 singles, with six as co-writes, five Grammys, and countless other accolades—all achieved with three albums in less than seven years—Carrie Underwood is definitely a work horse in her career. She also just released her own fitness clothing line called CALIA and still makes time to volunteer her time with PETA, The Humane Society, The United Service Organization, and her own charity, the C.A.T.S Foundation. Not to mention performing countless free concerts overseas for the troops.
3. Blake Shelton
After moving to Nashville at the ripe age of 17, Blake clawed his way to the top of the country music charts. When not hosting (and entertaining) on NBC’s The Voice or the American Country Music Awards, he makes time to support and volunteer with some of his charities including: animal shelters, veteran/service member support and tragic natural disaster relief.
4. Miranda Lambert
Grammy winner and dog ‘mother’ to seven rescue dogs, Miranda Lambert owns and runs her own stores The Pink Pistol in Tishomingo, Oklahoma and Lindale, Texas, she operates a Bed & Breakfast called The Ladysmith, and owns a winery called Red 55. When not touring or busting her butt in one of her businesses, she makes time to help out with a bundle of charities including: Hero in Heels, Clothes Off Our Back, American Human Association, MusiCares, and the Wish Upon a Hero Foundation just to name a few.
5. Toby Keith
In the early 1990s, Keith headed to Nashville, Tennessee where he hung out and busked his way to a record deal with Mercury Records. Ever since, he’s been released #1s all over the world. Everything Keith touches turns to gold (not literally). He also has a handful of restaurants across the United States. He has opened Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar & Grill in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, as well as Syracuse, New York and Tulsa, Oklahoma, and now also has restaurants in Thackerville, Oklahoma; Auburn Hills, Michigan; Kansas City; Las Vegas; Mesa, Arizona; Peoria, Arizona; St. Louis Park, Minnesota; Foxborough, Massachusetts; Cincinnati, Ohio; Newport News, Virginia; and Denver, Colorado. In early 2009, Keith also established a line of clothing, TK Steelman. Keith also supports Ally’s House, a non-profit organization in Oklahoma designed to aid children with cancer.
It’s no surprise that these Top 5 are all Boots & Hearts Alum, with the exception of Brad Paisley who is headlining Boots & Hearts 2015, you know what we say…Work Hard and Play Harder!