‘Catch of the Day’ – Billy Currington – “Do I Make You Wanna?” [AUDIO]
Today we turn our focus to another of those Georgia boys, an artist who was born in Savannah, GA and raised in Rincon, where he still lives today. An artist who auditioned for a spot at the famed theme park Opryland, located in Nashville.
While still a junior at Effingham County High School, Billy Currington traveled to Nashville to audition at the famous Opryland theme park, an audition he failed. Undaunted, Currington spent his last two years in high school honing his performance, returning to Music City after graduation. His second stay didn't last long, and Billy packed his bags and headed back to Georgia.
Back home, Currington settled into a gig at the Cavalier Country Club, while also working at a concrete company and as a personal trainer. But the lure of Nashville was too strong, and once again, Currington packed his bags and headed towards his dream, aided by one of his training clients, who encouraged the singer to cut some demos of songs he had written. The tapes made their way through Nashville, and before long, George Strait, Tracy Byrd and Marty Raybon all recorded Currington penned songs.
Those recordings led Currington to a crossroads in his career. The songs brought him to the attention of both RCA Records and Mercury Records in 2003. RCA made the first offer, but in the end Currington chose Mercury Nashville, releasing his debut single, "Walk A Little Straighter" later that year. The song, written by Currington about his relationship with his stepfather, served as the lead single from his self-titled debut album. The song would peak at number 8, the first of 14 top-10 singles, 10 of which have gone all the way to #1. The album would be certified gold, the first of four album certifications.
The partnership of Currington and Mercury Nashville has proven to be a fruitful one, producing 6 albums and 19 singles. His most recent, 2015's Summer Forever features two #1 hits, "Don't It" and "It Don't Hurt Like It Used To". The album's fourth single is in our spotlight today. Bill Currington and "Do I Make You Wanna" is today's Catch of the Day, new music you haven't heard, but you'll wanna hear it again.