BILLY CURRINGTON IS COUNTRY MUSIC ROYALTY. The feel-good singer has been serenading radio waves for the past 15 years with hits like "Must Be Doin' Somethin' Right," "Hey Girl" and "People Are Crazy," which was nominated for a 2010 Grammy Award. Get to known the easy-on-the-eyes musician before he plays at the House of Blues on April 20.
Houston's Doing Something Right
“I’ve never been to Houston just to chill or hangout, but I'd really love to because every time I perform there, we have the most amazing fans. They show up in huge numbers. The energy exceeds most places in the U.S. I don’t know what it is—we talk about it quite often—but we’re always saying, ‘We can’t wait to get back to Houston.’"
Big Break with Shania Twain
“My first big moment was when, out of the blue, I was asked to record a song with Shania Twain in 2004. Her husband had heard me before, and they needed a male vocalist on her song "Party for Two," so they flew me in to record it. I remember hearing it playing on the radio in another parked car in Nashville, where a woman was rocking out to [the] song. It put a big smile on my face. That’s when I thought, 'I made it!'”
Game Changing Song
“'People are Crazy' is still the biggest song that we play, and T-shirts with that phrase get sold more than any other song I perform. That helped define me as more than a musician who just 'sang songs for the girls.' Before that, I was known for love songs, like 'Must Be Doin' Somethin' Right' and 'I Got A Feeling,' but after 'People are Crazy' was released, more guys starting coming to the shows. That's when the audience changed from 80/20 women to 50/50."
Bayou City Favorite
"Houston loves 'Good Direction,' and we usually play it toward the end of the show. I've been performing in Houston for the past 12 years, and the crowds always know that song. It's always nice to hear it sung back to us. A lot of love comes out of Houston—I don’t know if y’all do that for every artist, or just making us feel special—but we always walk away thinking we are really loved in Houston. I can’t wait to play there again.”
Hear Billy Currington at the House of Blues on Thursday, April 20 at 7:30 p.m. $35–65. 1204 Caroline St. 888-402-5837. houseofblues.com/houston