Most people know Clint Black as the legendary country music singer and songwriter who has sold over 20 million records worldwide. Many also know that he has released multiple platinum-albums, and several unforgettable songs, in an illustrious career spanning four decades. However, did you know that before all the fame and awards; Black worked a variety of odd jobs in order to pay the bills?
Black’s career has been bright and successful as much as his marriage to Lisa Hartman has been an inspiring journey. Because of this, people keep up with the couple a great deal as they wonder what the secret of their enduring union could be.
Clint Met His Wife On New Year’s Eve In 1990
Clint Black first met his wife in 1990 at a New Year’s Eve concert which he performed in his hometown. They were immediately attracted to each other and eventually started dating. The couple dated for a little over 10 months before tying the knot on the 20th of October 1991.
Since then, the pair have not only maintained a harmonious home but also collaborated professionally. Black and his wife have just one child together; a daughter named Lily Pearl Black who was born in 2001.
Black also has a daughter named Chelsea Bain (born in 1991) from a previous relationship. While it is hard to tell a thing about Bain, Lily is an actress and her most significant work thus far is 2012’s Flicka: Country Pride.
Clint Black and Lisa Hartman Are Taking Deliberate Measures to Sustain Their Marriage
Hollywood is rife with divorces and cheating scandals but Black has managed to stay above the fray. The legendary singer’s wife, Lisa Hartman Black, is a native of Houston and was born on the 1st of June 1956. She has featured in several TV series, including Knots Landing, Variety of the Dolls, Tabitha, and Bewitched. She has also thrived as a musician with several albums to her name.
Clint and Lisa’s marriage has almost seen three decades, yet there has never been any report of trouble in their paradise. This does not mean that their marriage has been free of any challenge. According to the couple, they have faced a fair share of the troubles that come with marriage but have been very careful to not let the challenges ruin what they have.
Clint once told people that their marriage had thrived because they take time to make things work. He contended that love and passion must be nurtured and they were smart enough to understand that. For him, all that has made the difference for them is knowing “that flames don’t just keep burning on their own, we have to fan them.”
Their Shared Passion Has Also Solidified Their Bond
Even though Clint Black’s wife has been mostly engaged as an actress, she is also a musician and this must have contributed to the great bond the couple share. Arguably, Lisa’s most significant accomplishment as a musician is the duet with Black titled “When I Said I Do”.
The song which received a Grammy Award nomination for Best Country Collaboration with Vocals won the Academy of Country Music Award for Vocal Event of the Year.
It attained the number one spot on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Track charts and was ranked among the 100 Greatest Duets in Country Music in 2005 by Country Music Television (CMT). Clint and his wife have other musical collaborations and it’s only natural to assume that recording at least three duets and featuring in several movies together have strengthened their love.
The Country Music Star Began His Career In A Band With His Brothers
Clinton Patrick Black was born on the 4th of February 1962 in Long Branch, New Jersey. His father’s name is G.A. Black while his mother’s name is Ann. The country icon has three older brothers named Mark, Kevin, and Brian. Black spent his formative years in Katy, a suburb of Houston, Texas.
As a child, he appreciated diverse genres of music such as rock and roll and country but later developed a special affinity for the latter. He, therefore, taught himself how to play several instruments, including the harmonica and guitar. Black also dabbled into songwriting and joined hands with his brothers to form a small band. The boys started out by performing in the family backyard but soon graduated to other local venues.
Clint Black spent much of his teens performing with his brothers. However, on reaching adulthood in the 80s, he struck out on his own in order to pursue a solo career. He began by busking on the streets of Katy and soon progressed to local coffee houses, bars, and night clubs. These gigs did not pay much and he supplemented his income by working a variety of odd jobs.
He Got His Breakthrough With His First Album
After years of trying to break into the music industry, Black experienced a change in fortune when he met a guitarist/songwriter named Hayden Nicholas, in 1987. Nicholas owned a home studio and they used it to write, record, and produce demos.
One of these demos eventually found its way to legendary music manager, Bill Ham, and Black landed a recording contract with RCA in 1988. He did not waste any time and dropped his debut album, Killin’ Time, in 1989. The album was a monumental success as it spurned four number-one singles, including “Better Man”, “Killin’ Time”, “Nobody’s Home” and “Walking Away”. It also reached number one on the Billboard Country Albums Chart and sold over two million copies.
Killin’ Time also fetched Black several awards, including album of the year, top male vocalist, top new male vocalist, and single of the year at the 1989 Academy of Country Music Awards.
Since this magnificent debut, Clint Black has not relented. He has released other successful works, including 14 studio albums and eight greatest hits compilation. The Katy native has also enjoyed a decent acting career; appearing in movies and TV series such as Maverick, Still Holding On: The Legend of Cadillac Jack, Anger Management, Flicka: Country Pride, and Going Home.
Clint Black Has Received Eleven Grammy Nominations With One Win
It is easy to see how successful Clint Black has been as a musician judging by the prestigious awards and recognition he has received. He earned a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1996 and in 2019, he received another star from the Music City Walk of Fame.
The country musician has won at least five Academy of Country Music Awards, in addition to other coveted gongs from Country Music Association and American Music Awards.
Clint received his first Grammy nominations in 1989 for Best Country Song and Best Country Vocal Performance, Male. He would receive more in years to come and bagged his first win in 1998 for Best Country Collaborations with Vocals.