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John Rich Biography

Birth Place:
Amarillo, Texas, United States
Country-music singer, songwriter, producer, reality host

Fast Facts

  • Wanted to be a professional team roper
  • Played bass guitar and sang lead for the country group Lonestar
  • Half of country duo Big and Rich; began collaborating with partner Big Kenny in 1998 though their first record deal as a duo came later, in 2003
  • Is one of the "Godfathers" of the MuzikMafia, a group he cofounded that brings together artists from all genres of music to promote their slogan "Muzik Without Prejudice
  • " An accomplished songwriter, he cowrote "Redneck Woman" for Gretchen Wilson and "Mississippi Girl" for Faith Hill, as well as "Raisin' McCain," an endorsement for Sen
  • John McCain in his bid for president
  • Won ASCAP's Songwriter/Artist of the Year in 2005, 2006 and 2007, the first artist to be so honored three years in a row
  • Host of CMT's reality show Gone Country, in which celebs from throughout the entertainment industry compete to pen and perform original country songs


  • Jim Rich -- Father
  • Cash Rich -- Son
  • Colt Daniel Rich -- Son
  • Joan Bush -- Wife