GARY ALLAN FACTS:
Hometown: La Mirada, California
Albums: Used Heart for Sale (1996); It Would Be You (1998); Smoke Rings in the Dark (1999); Alright Guy (2001); See If I Care (2003); Tough All Over (2005); Living Hard (2007); Get Off on the Pain (2010)
Hits: "Her Man," "Nothing On But the Radio," "Man to Man," "Tough Little Boys," "Watching Airplanes"
Gary Allan broke into the country music scene nearly 15 years ago, and he remains one of the most popular solo acts to emerge from the mid '90s. A string of recent hits have made him a mainstay on country radio stations, and he has managed to seamlessly create a pleasing blend of modern and classic sounds while staying true to his southern rock roots.
Though he had dreams of Nashville stardom, Allan's career was slow to get off the ground. By 1995 he had been relegated to selling cars. In September of that year, his demos began generating interest among several record labels, and just a year later he released his debut album Used Heart for Sale. Though just his first record, it was certified gold, and his cover of Waylon Jennings' "Her Man" was a top 10 hit on country radio in the United States.
Allan's second album, 1998's It Would Be You, brought him considerably more attention than his debut. The record produced a trio of successful tunes, and the title track reached number seven on the charts. During this time Allan became a recognizable staple in country music, and was featured on television shows as well as in People Magazine.
The following record, 1999's Smoke Rings in the Dark, signaled a change in direction for Allan as he embraced a fuller, more mature sound. The album became certified platinum thanks to a pair of popular tracks, including the top five hit "Right Where I Need to Be." His next release was just as popular, earning him his first number one hit, "Man to Man."
While he had been around for quite some time, 2003 proved to be a break out year for Allan thanks to his album See if I Care. The record provided two number one hits, "Tough Little Boys" and "Nothing On but the Radio."
After another well-received album in 2005, which included a cover of Vertical Horizon's "Best I Ever Had" and the somber "Life Ain't Always Beautiful," Allan reached a new level of popularity in 2007 with the release of Living Hard. The album featured what has become one of his most iconic tunes, "Watching Airplanes," which spent an astonishing 30 weeks on the country charts.
Allan's most recent album, Get Off the Pain
, was released in March 2010 and was met with positive response from his fans. With a great deal of experience under his belt, fans of country music will certainly be seeing much more of Allan in the near future.