By Pepper

Eric Church remains one of the “outlaws” of contemporary country music, but he says he got his spirit and belief in himself and his art – from his mother.

“My mom – even though my dad won’t like this – my mom is by far the toughest person that I’ve met,” Eric reveals in a statement from his label. “She’s tough. One of those people that’s been through a lot in her life, adversity wise and never complains, always really resilient with anything that’s happened to her.

“And it’s just that attitude, the positive attitude, regardless of what has happened, that I think is the one thing that I got from her. With career, she’s always been a person that’s been really positive through times that I couldn’t find a positive streak,” he says with a laugh. “And she was always really positive, and very much believes in tough it out, keep working hard, and that’s her motto with stuff like that. I’ve always been impressed with that stuff.

“Then musically, she’s where I get my talent from. She sings great, always has, her mom sang great. I owe my musical chops to her. And she still sings some. So, career-wise, I owe her everything. And just in life-wise she’s given me a lot of the qualities that it has taken for me to get me where I am. Not only as a musician, but as a man.”

Eric will perform at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas in the fall.


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