DIAMOND RIO FACTS:
Members: Gene Johnson, Jimmy Olander, Brian Prout, Marty Roe, Dan Truman, Dana Williams
Hometown: Nashville, Tennessee
Albums: Diamond Rio (1991); Close to the Edge (1992); Love a Little Stronger (1994); IV (1996); Unbelievable (1998); One More Day (2001); Completely (2002); The Reason (2009)
Awards: 4 CMAs, 2 Time ACM Top Vocal Group
Hits: "Meet in the Middle," "Mirror, Mirror," "Norma Jean Riley," "In a Week or Two," "Love a Little Stronger," "Walkin' Away," "How Your Love Makes Me Feel," "Unbelievable," "One More Day," "Beautiful Mess," "I Believe,"
Other: Membership remained unchanged since the band started in 1984.
Diamond Rio may best known for their debut single, "Meet In The Middle," which reached number one on the country music charts in 1991, but the band has been a popular act ever since. With more than 30 singles and 13 Grammy nominations spanning their 22-year-career, the sextet from from Nashville, Tennessee, still enjoys a great deal of success thanks to their loyal fanbase.
Diamond Rio was formed in 1984 by musicians Dan Truman and Marty Roe. After performing together, the duo joined with Jimmy Olander, Gene Johnson, Brian Prout and Dana Williams, cementing the band's final lineup. After toiling in obscurity throughout much of the late '80s, the group was discovered in 1989, and released their self-titled debut album in 1991. Thanks to a number one single, the album was an instant hit and ended up selling more than 1 million copies in the United States alone.
While Diamond Rio's follow up, 1992's Close to the Edge, was not as commercially viable as their debut, it still produced a pair of popular hits, "In a Week or Two" and "Oh Me, Oh My Sweet Baby." Although some critics considered it to be a step backwards, they were proved wrong by the bands third album, 1994's Love a Little Stronger. The record was highlighted by its title track, which peaked at number two on the country charts. The single "Night is Fallin' in My Heart" also broke into the top 10, and the album was certified platinum.
Diamond Rio continued their successful run through country music with 1996's IV. The album featured a trio of top 10 hits, "Holdin'" and "Walkin' Away." The band even found crossover success later in the decade thanks to the single "Unbelievable." Due to their prolonged popularity and continued influence inside the genre, Diamond Rio was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry.
Fresh off their induction, the band released their sixth album, One More Day. The record was well received by critics and fans alike, and its title track became the band's third number one single. Throughout the remainder of the decade, Diamond Rio continued to record and release albums, and performed with some of the young up-and-coming stars of country, most notably Josh Turner. The band's most recent album, 2009's The Reason, marked their first foray into Christian music, and despite the niche genre, its respectable showing indicates Diamond Rio still has it nearly two decades after their first album.