Chuck Wicks

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Chuck Wicks
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Background information
Birth nameCharles Elliott Wicks[1]
Born(1979-06-20) June 20, 1979 (age 35)[2]
OriginSmyrna, Delaware, USA[3][4]
GenresCountry
OccupationsSinger-songwriter
InstrumentsVocals
Years active2007–present
LabelsRCA Nashville, CO5, Blaster
Associated actsSteve Holy
WebsiteChuckWicks.com
 
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Chuck Wicks
Chuck wicks.jpg
Background information
Birth nameCharles Elliott Wicks[1]
Born(1979-06-20) June 20, 1979 (age 35)[2]
OriginSmyrna, Delaware, USA[3][4]
GenresCountry
OccupationsSinger-songwriter
InstrumentsVocals
Years active2007–present
LabelsRCA Nashville, CO5, Blaster
Associated actsSteve Holy
WebsiteChuckWicks.com

Charles Elliott "Chuck" Wicks (born June 20, 1979) is an American country music artist. He was one of the participants on the American reality series Nashville, which aired on Fox for two episodes before its cancellation in mid-2007. In late 2007, he signed to RCA Records Nashville as a recording artist, with his debut single "Stealing Cinderella" being released in September of that year. It served as the lead-off to his debut album Starting Now, which was released in January 2008. "All I Ever Wanted" and "Man of the House" were released as the album's second and third singles, respectively, and both have charted in the Top 40 as well.

Personal life[edit]

Chuck Wicks was born in the community of Smyrna, Delaware,[5] where he was raised on a potato farm. In January 2009, his charity concert in his hometown of Smyrna raised $25,000 for the Smyrna-Clayton Boys and Girls Club.[6]

In August 2008, Wicks began dating fellow country singer Julianne Hough, who is a professional dancer and two-time champion on Dancing with the Stars.[7] Wicks and Hough competed as a couple on the eighth season of Dancing with the Stars. Their first performance took place on March 9, 2009, and he was eliminated from the show on April 28. They announced a mutual break-up on November 10, 2009.[8]

Music career[edit]

Wanting to pursue a career in country music, he moved to Nashville, Tennessee after quitting college two classes short of graduation from Florida Southern College.[4] He then began to hone his songwriting skills, penning more than one hundred songs per year at one point, and one of his songs, "Lead Me On", was recorded by Steve Holy on his 2006 album Brand New Girlfriend. Eventually, Wicks caught the attention of RCA Records executives, who signed him to a recording contract in late 2007. While he was working on his debut album, Wicks was also picked as a cast member of the Fox network reality TV series Nashville.[9] Due to poor ratings, however, Nashville was canceled after its second episode.

Debut album: Starting Now (2007–2009)[edit]

RCA then released Wicks's debut single, "Stealing Cinderella", which he co-wrote with George Teren and Rivers Rutherford. He debuted the song at his first Grand Ole Opry appearance in August 2007.[3][10] Shortly after the song's release, University of Tennessee football coach Phillip Fulmer heard it. Fulmer said the song "hit [him] like a ton of bricks," so he contacted Wicks, arranging a private performance at his daughter Courtney's wedding.[11]

The single produced the biggest debut for any new country artist in all of 2007, with fifty-two of the stations on Billboard's survey adding it in its first official week of airplay.[11][12] It was also the fastest-climbing debut country single in 2007,[13] reaching a peak of number 5 on the country charts in January, and 56 on the Billboard Hot 100. The song was included on Wicks' debut album Starting Now, which was released on January 22, 2008[14] and peaked at 7 on the Top Country Albums charts. Wicks co-wrote all but one of the album's tracks. "All I Ever Wanted" was released in April 2008 as the album's second single, and peaked at 14 by the end of the year. A third single, "Man of the House", followed in January 2009, entering Top 40 in February, and peaked at 27.

2010–present[edit]

On November 10, 2009, Wicks announced that he has started to work on his second album. The album's first single, "Hold That Thought," was released on May 17, 2010, and debuted at number 55 on the Hot Country Songs chart for the chart week of June 5, 2010. It was followed by "Old School", which made number 51 on the same chart before Wicks exited the label in January 2011.[15] The song remained on the charts after Wicks' departure from the label, and CO5 Music began promoting it in late January 2011.[16]

In the midst of preparing to release a new record, Wicks wrote a song titled, "I Don't Do Lonely Well", which got Jason Aldean's attention and landed him a spot on his then upcoming album Night Train in 2012. Being a fan himself, Wicks was very excited and said that it was a big deal to him that Aldean cut one his songs to include on his highly anticipated 5th record, which was released on October 6, the same year. [17]

Wicks self-released an extended play titled Rough in April 2013.[18] He co-wrote its first single, "Salt Life", with Vicky McGehee and Mike Mobley, and co-produced the extended play with Ilya Toshinsky.[19]

In December 2013, Wicks confirmed that he had signed with Blaster Records.[20] His debut release for the label is "Us Again", which became his first Top 40 country single since "Man of the House" in 2009. It peaked at number 37 on the Billboard Country Airplay chart in May 2014.

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

TitleAlbum detailsPeak chart
positions
US Country
[21]
US
[22]
Starting Now724

Extended plays[edit]

TitleAlbum detailsPeak chart positions
US Country
[21]
US
[22]
US
Indie

[23]
Rough
  • Release date: April 9, 2013
  • Label: Self-released
  • Format: Music download
217016

Singles[edit]

YearSinglePeak chart positionsAlbum
US Country
[24]
US Country Airplay
[25]
US
[26]
CAN
[27]
2007"Stealing Cinderella"55681Starting Now
2008"All I Ever Wanted"1486
2009"Man of the House"27
2010"Hold That Thought"42N/A
"Old School"43
2013"Salt Life"Rough
2014"Us Again"3637TBD
"Saturday Afternoon"A
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Music videos[edit]

YearVideoDirector
2007"Stealing Cinderella"[29]Kristin Barlowe
2008"All I Ever Wanted"[30]
2010"Hold That Thought"[31]
2011"Old School"[32]Marcel
2013"Salt Life"[33]

Filmography[edit]

Television
YearFilmRoleNotes
2007NashvilleHimself
  • 2 episodes (4 unaired)
2008Dinner: ImpossibleHimself
  • 1 episode
2009Dancing with the StarsHimself
  • 18 episodes
2010The Country Vibe with Chuck and BeccaHimself
  • 1 episode

References[edit]

  1. ^ As listed in ASCAP database.
  2. ^ "Birthdays". Country Weekly 15 (13): 62. 2008-06-30. ISSN 1074-3235. 
  3. ^ a b Cheeseman, Ali (2007-08-21). "Smyrna native rising Nashville country star". newszap.com. DelawareState News. Retrieved 2007-09-15. [dead link]
  4. ^ a b Jeffries, David. "Chuck Wicks biography". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2010-09-26. 
  5. ^ "Chuck Wicks". Great American Country. Scripps Networks, LLC. Retrieved 2010-09-26. 
  6. ^ Kauss, Katie (2009-01-26). "Chuck Wicks Helps Raise $25,000". People (Time, Inc). ISSN 0093-7673. Retrieved 2010-09-26. 
  7. ^ Finan, Eileen (2008-08-20). "Julianne Hough: I'm Dating an 'Awesome' Guy". People (Time, Inc). ISSN 0093-7673. Retrieved 2010-09-26. 
  8. ^ Dam, Julie (2009-11-10). "Source: Julianne Hough and Chuck Wicks Split". People (Time, Inc). ISSN 0093-7673. Retrieved 2010-09-26. 
  9. ^ "Chuck Wicks". BuddyTV.com. Retrieved 2010-09-26. 
  10. ^ "Chuck Wicks Kicks Off Whirlwind Weekend with Grand Ole Opry Debut". RCA Records. 2007-08-21. Retrieved 2007-09-15. [dead link]
  11. ^ a b Remz, Jeffrey B (2007-10-01). "Chuck Wicks performs "Stealing Cinderella" at wedding of UT coach's daughter". Country Standard Time. Retrieved 2010-09-26. 
  12. ^ Remz, Jeffrey B (2007-09-17). "Chuck Wicks debut single". Country Standard Time. Retrieved 2010-09-26. 
  13. ^ Remz, Jeffrey B (2007-12-17). "Chuck Wicks achieves fastest rising single from debut artist". Country Standard Time. Retrieved 2010-09-26. 
  14. ^ Allmusic. "Chuck Wicks biography". Country Music Television. MTV. Retrieved 2010-09-26. 
  15. ^ "Chuck Wicks Exits RCA Nashville". CMT. 24 January 2011. Retrieved 24 January 2011. 
  16. ^ "Chuck Wicks Departs RCA, CO5 Jumps On For Promotion". All Access. 24 January 2011. Retrieved 15 February 2011. 
  17. ^ Conaway, Alanna (9 July 2012). "Chuck Wicks Lands Cut on New Jason Aldean Album, Readies His Own New Music". Retrieved 26 February 2014. 
  18. ^ Conaway, Alanna (5 April 2013). "Chuck Wicks Set To Release "Rough" EP April 9". Roughstock. Retrieved 6 April 2013. 
  19. ^ Bjorke, Matt (12 April 2013). "Exclusive Interview: Chuck Wicks Discusses "Rough" EP and New Single "Salt Life"". Roughstock. Retrieved 16 April 2013. 
  20. ^ Allers, Hannahlee (19 December 2013). "Chuck Wicks Announces New Record Deal, Album + Single". The Boot. Retrieved 20 December 2013. 
  21. ^ a b "Chuck Wicks Album & Song Chart History - Country Albums". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved July 25, 2011. 
  22. ^ a b "Chuck Wicks Album & Song Chart History - Billboard 200". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved July 25, 2011. 
  23. ^ "Chuck Wicks Album & Song Chart History - Independent Albums". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved April 18, 2013. 
  24. ^ "Chuck Wicks Album & Song Chart History - Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved July 25, 2011. 
  25. ^ "Chuck Wicks Album & Song Chart History - Country Airplay". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved March 3, 2014. 
  26. ^ "Chuck Wicks Album & Song Chart History - Hot 100". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved July 25, 2011. 
  27. ^ "Chuck Wicks Album & Song Chart History - Canadian Hot 100". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved July 25, 2011. 
  28. ^ "R&R :: Going For Adds :: Country". Radio & Records. Retrieved September 8, 2014. 
  29. ^ "CMT : Videos : Chuck Wicks : Stealing Cinderella". Country Music Television. Retrieved July 25, 2011. 
  30. ^ "CMT : Videos : Chuck Wicks : All I Ever Wanted". Country Music Television. Retrieved July 25, 2011. 
  31. ^ "CMT : Videos : Chuck Wicks : Hold That Thought". Country Music Television. Retrieved July 25, 2011. 
  32. ^ "CMT : Videos : Chuck Wicks : Old School". Country Music Television. Retrieved September 3, 2011. 
  33. ^ "CMT : Videos : Chuck Wicks : Salt Life". Country Music Television. Retrieved July 19, 2013. 

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