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John Michael Montgomery Facts
Name: John Michael Montgomery
Birthdate: January 20, 1965
Birthplace: Danville, Kentucky
Hair color: Sandy blond
Eye color: Blue
Height: 6 ft. 2 in.
Spouse: Crystal Michelle, married Jan. 8, 1996
Residence: a Southern Georgian Colonial-style home outside Lexington, Ky.
Label: Warner Brothers
Favorite color: teal blue
Musical influences: "I grew up listening to Lionel Richie, Jimmy Buffett, the Bee Gees, Kenny Rogers, Lynyrd Skynyrd, the Allman Brothers, Eric Clapton. I was a guitar player -- I still play lead -- and so I was really into Clapton and the blues-rock stuff."
Early bands: At age 15, John Michael joined his father and mother's band as rhythm guitarist. After his parents divorced, he and his brother Eddie continued backing their father in honky-tonks on weekends. In the '80s, John Michael and Eddie performed together in a Southern rock band called Early Tymz.
Favorite restaurant: Koto Japanese Restaurant in Nashville
Big break: discovered by Atlantic Records executives in 1991, singing at the Austin City Saloon in Lexington, Ky.; "I never did have to go to Nashville and mingle."
First car: a blue 1972 Ford Torino
Hobbies: golf, fishing, hunting; "I love to bow hunt. I grew up squirrel and rabbit hunting. I make my own deer sausage. I don't hunt anything unless I want to eat it."
Favorite foods: venison, beans, corn bread
ACM Awards: Song of the Year for "I Love the Way You Love Me" and New Male Vocalist of the Year (1994); Song of the Year and Single Record of the Year for "I Swear" (1995)
CMA Awards: Single of the Year for "I Swear" and Horizon Award (1994)
Grammy: Best Country Song for "I Swear" (1994)
Strangest fan request: A North Carolina man asked her to sign his arm in preparation for something more permanent. "My face was right there where there was a big ol' muscle he could flex. He was going to have my signature tatooed. He had his girlfriend with him, so I figured if it was okay with her, it was okay with me."
Gold album: Brand New Me (2000)
Platinum albums: Life's a Dance (1992, 3 million); Kickin' It Up (1994, 4 million); John Michael Montgomery (1995, 4 million); What I Do Best (1996); Greatest Hits (1997)
Billboard Top 10 Singles: "Life's a Dance" (No. 4, 1993); "I Love the Way You Love Me" (No. 1, 1993); "I Swear" (No. 1, 1994); "Rope the Moon" (No. 4, 1994); "Be My Baby Tonight" (No. 1, 1994); "If You've Got Love" (No. 1, 1994); "I Can Love You Like That" (No. 1, 1995); "Sold (The Grundy County Auction Incident)" (No. 1, 1995); "No Man's Land" (No. 3, 1995); "Cowboy Love" (No. 4, 1996); "Long As I Live" (No. 4, 1996); "Friends" (No. 2, 1997); "I Miss You a Little" (No. 6, 1997); "How Was I to Know" (No. 2, 1997); "Angel in My Eyes" (No. 4, 1998); "Cover You in Kisses" (No. 3, 1998); "Hold On to Me" (No. 4, 1999); "Home to You" (No. 2, 1999); "The Little Girl" (No. 1, 2000); "Letters From Home" (No. 2, 2004).
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