Clint Black is responsible in-part for the mass-market popularity of country music in the 1990's. Clint Black is also one of the first country artists that were equally influenced by rock-oriented pop and country. Black is still touted as on of the most popular and acclaimed vocalist of the 1990's. Clint Black was born in New Jersey and was raised in Katy, TX and began playing guitar at the age of 13. In 1987 Clint Black began collaborating with Hayden Nicholas, a guitarist and songwriter. After listening to a demo of their songs, Bill Ham -- Manager of ZZ Top, became Black's manager. In 1988 Ham helped to secure a contract with RCA Nashville. His first single, "A Better Man." hit Number One on the Billboard Charts making Black an immediate success.
Clint Black debut album "Killin' Time" was a smash hit selling over two million copies, bringing Black four hit singles. At the end of 1989, Clint Black won the Country Music Association's Horizon Award, as well that organization's Best Male Vocalist Award. Clint Black also won Best Album, Best Single, Best Male Vocalist, and Best New Male Vocalist awards from the Academy of Country Music and the NSAI Songwriter/Artist of the Year Award. 1999 Black celebrated a decade of recording with "D'Lectrified." 2004 Black's album, "Spend My Time," featured his best new material in over six years.