PROFILE
Name:
Kix Brooks
Birth Date:
May 12, 1955
Birth Place:
Shreveport, Louisiana, USA
Height:
6' 2" (1.88 m)
Nationality:
American
BIOGRAPHY
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Brand New Man

Background:

American guitarist, singer and songwriter Kix Brooks is widely known as part of the group Brooks & Dunn. Since their auspicious debut, the six-time platinum “Brand New Man” (1991), they have sold over 30 million records, have scored 20 No. 1 country hits, including “Brand New Man,” “Neon Moon,” “My Next Broken Heart” and “Boot Scootin' Boogie” (all from the “Brand New Man” album), “She Used to Be Mine” (1993), “You're Gonna Miss Me When I'm Gone” (1995), “My Maria” (1996), “If You See Him/If You See Her” (1997), “Only in America” (2001), “Red Dirt Road” (2003) and “Play Something Country” (2005), as well as have picked up countless major industry awards. Along with his partner, Ronnie Dunn, Brooks also holds the record for number of awards won at both the Country Music Association (CMA) and Academy of Country Music (ACM) Awards.

On his own, Brooks released a self-titled debut album in 1989. Previously, he had recorded his first solo single, “Baby, When Your Heart Breaks Down,” for Avion in 1983. As of 2006, Brooks has hosted “American Country Countdown,” replacing Bob Kingsley. It is a syndicated radio show that counts down the Top 40 country singles in the United States as determined by the Billboard Hot Country Song charts.

The Louisiana native served as the president in 2004 and the chairman in 2005 of CMA. He maintains an active board member and is a member of the Blue Ribbon Committee, a choice group of professionals, including the mayor, who brings the city of Nashville and the music industry closer together. Brooks also serves on the boards of the Vanderbilt Children's Hospital and the Nashville Convention and Visitors Bureau. He is the local spokesperson for the Monroe Harding Children’s Home and has recently been named a director for 1st American Bank.

As for his married life, Brooks has shared his life out of the limelight with his wife of 27 years, Barbara. They have two children together, Molly and Eric.


Kix

Childhood and Family:

Kix Brooks was born on May 12, 1955, in Shreveport, Louisiana. His birth name was Leon Eric Brooks III. He has one sister, two half-siblings, and an adopted brother from his father's marriage to his third wife. Known by his family and close friends by the nickname Kix, the Louisiana boy graduated from Sewanee Military Academy and briefly enrolled at Louisiana Tech University in Ruston, Louisiana. After spending a summer working with his father on an oil pipeline in Alaska, he returned to Louisiana Tech to complete his education. He then moved to Maine where he wrote advertising for his sister's company. Thanks to the encouragement of his father, Kix later moved to Nashville to give his music career a shot.

Kix tied the knot with his girlfriend Barbara in August 1981. The couple has a son named Eric and a daughter named Molly.


Believe

Career:

Hailing from Shreveport, Louisiana, Kix Brooks started performing and writing songs when he was 12 years old. Throughout high school and college, he played in clubs and other venues, but for a while he worked on an oil pipeline in Alaska and wrote advertising for a company owned by his sister in Maine. In the early 1980s, with support from his father, he made his way to Nashville to become a professional musician.

In Nashville, Brooks first became a staff songwriter at Tree Publishing Company, during which time his songs were recorded by such artists as the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, John Conlee, and Highway 101. However, he did not gain his own experience as a recording artist until 1983 when he launched his first recorded solo single, “Baby, When Your Heart Breaks Down,” on Avion. Unfortunately for him, the single was not successful and he quickly returned to songwriting. Six years later, in 1989, Brooks made his next attempt by releasing a self-titled debut album under Capitol Records.

Brooks' luck started to change in 1990 when he was teamed with the Texas-born Ronnie Dunn by Arista Records' Tim DuBois in a duo group called Brooks & Dunn. The group’s first album, “Brand New Man” (1991), became a Top 10 hit and received six-times platinum certification thanks to such chart-topping singles as “Brand New Man,” “My Next Broken Heart” and “Boot Scootin' Boogie.” Also in 1991, they won an ACM for Top New Vocal Duo/Group. The following year saw the duo nab three ACM awards, including one for Album of the Year and Single of the Year and a CMA for Vocal Duo of the Year.

With Dunn as lead vocalist and Brooks on guitar, duo Brooks & Dunn went on to enjoy huge commercial success with “Hard Workin' Man” (1993, 6x Platinum), the No. 1 Country hits “Waitin' on Sundown” (1994, 3x Platinum) and “Borderline” (1996, 2x Platinum), “The Greatest Hits Collection” (1997, 4x Platinum) and “If You See Her” (1998, 2x Platinum). “Tightrope” followed in 1999 and became their first record that failed to reach platinum certification. The gold album, though, climbed toward the top 10 on the Billboard country charts. By the late 1990s, Brooks & Dunn had won two Grammy awards for Best Country Performance by a Duo/Group w/Vocals (1993, 1996), nine CMAs, including a 1996 nomination for Entertainer of the Year, ten ACMs, six TNN/Music City News for Vocal Group or Duo of the Year and an American Music for Favorite Band, Duo or Group, among others.

Throughout the late 1990s and early 2000s, the duo toured extensively. They returned to the studio for “Steers & Stripes” in 2001, which was a No. 1 country hit, “It Won't Be Christmas Without You” in 2002 and “Red Dirt Road” in 2003, which became the group's next chart-topping album.

After the platinum-selling “The Greatest Hits Collection II“ (2004), Brooks & Dunn released “Hillbilly Deluxe” in 2005 and the album went platinum. It spawned the gospel music-influenced “Believe,” from which the duo picked up a 2006 ACM for Song of the Year and two CMAs for Single of the Year and Music Video of the Year, and the country hit “Building Bridges,” a collaboration with Vince Gill and Sheryl Crow. The latter song won the group a 2007 ACM for Vocal Event of the Year.

A new album for the duo called “Cowboy Town” was launched in 2007. Its current single, “God Must Be Busy,” peaked at NO. 17 on the U.S. Country charts.

Outside of his group, Brooks became the new host of “American Country Countdown,” a famous syndicated radio program previously hosted by Bob Kingsley.


Awards:

  • Academy of Country Music: Top Vocal Duo, 2007

  • Academy of Country Music: Vocal Event of the Year, “Building Bridges” (with Vince Gill and Sheryl Crow), 2007

  • Country Music Association: Vocal Duo of the Year, 2006

  • Country Music Association: Music Video of the Year, “Believe,” 2006

  • Country Music Association: Single of the Year, “Believe,” 2006

  • Academy of Country Music: Top Vocal Duo, 2006

  • Academy of Country Music: Song of the Year, “Believe,” 2006

  • Billboard Music: Favorite Country Group, 2005

  • American Music: Favorite Band, Duo or Group, 2005

  • Country Music Association: Vocal Duo of the Year, 2005

  • Academy of Country Music: Top Vocal Duo, 2005

  • People's Choice: Favorite Country Group, 2005

  • American Music: Favorite Band, Duo or Group, 2004

  • Country Music Association: Vocal Duo of the Year, 2004

  • Academy of Country Music: Top Vocal Duo, 2004

  • Country Music Association: Vocal Duo of the Year, 2003

  • Academy of Country: Music Top Vocal Duo, 2003

  • CMT Flameworthy Video Music: Group/Duo Video of the Year, 2002

  • Country Music Association: Vocal Duo of the Year, 2002

  • Academy of Country Music: Top Vocal Duo, 2002

  • Country Music Association: Vocal Duo of the Year, 2001

  • Academy of Country Music: Top Vocal Duo, 2001

  • Academy of Country Music: Top Vocal Duo, 2000

  • TNN/Music City News: Vocal Group or Duo of the Year, 1999

  • Country Music Association: Vocal Duo of the Year, 1999

  • TNN/Music City News: Vocal Group or Duo of the Year, 1998

  • Country Music Association: Vocal Duo of the Year, 1998

  • TNN/Music City News: Vocal Duo of the Year, 1997

  • Country Music Association: Vocal Duo of the Year, 1997

  • American Music: Favorite Band, Duo or Group, 1997

  • Academy of Country Music: Top Vocal Duo/Group, 1997

  • Grammy: Best Country Performance by Duo/Group w/Vocals, 1996

  • Country Music Association: Vocal Duo of the Year and Entertainer of the Year, 1996

  • Academy of Country Music: Top Vocal Duo and Entertainer of the Year, 1996

  • TNN/Music City News: Vocal Group/Duo of the Year, 1995

  • Country Music Association: Vocal Duo of the Year, 1995

  • TNN/Music City News: Vocal Duo of the Year, 1994

  • Country Music Association: Vocal Duo of the Year, 1994

  • Academy of Country Music: Top Vocal Duo, 1994

  • TNN/Music City News: Vocal Duo of the Year, 1993

  • Grammy: Best Country Performance by Duo/Group w/Vocals, 1993

  • Country Music Association: Vocal Duo of the Year, 1993

  • Academy of Country Music: Top Vocal Duo, 1993

  • Country Music Association: Vocal Duo of the Year, 1992

  • Academy of Country Music: Album of the Year, Single of the Year, and Top Vocal Duo, 1992

  • Academy of Country Music: Top New Vocal Duo/Group and Top Vocal Duo, 1991

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