Craig Morgan

Craig Morgan

Craig Morgan was born in Kingston Springs, Tenn., near Nashville. He became an emergency medical technician at 18, then joined the Army a few years later. In the midst of his military career, he was taking part in a banquet honoring the military's very first airborne unit and decided to write a song about them. His superiors liked it so much that he was made part of the program.

While stationed in Korea, he won a number of singing and songwriting contests and opened a Korean show for Sawyer Brown. His interest in writing and singing continued back in the States, and his father, who was also a musician, took him into the studio to record demos of Morgan's own songs.

Upon completion of his enlistment, Morgan was hired to sing demos for other writers and publishing companies in Nashville. That's how he supported his family along with a whole host of other jobs, including a sheriff's deputy, a plainclothes department store security officer, a construction worker and a Wal-Mart employee. He also spent eight months on stage at the Country Tonight Theater in Pigeon Forge, Tenn.

His demos led to a record deal with Atlantic, which released his first album in 2000. The label shuttered shortly after that. However, Morgan soon signed to Broken Bow Records and climbed into the Top 10 with the single "Almost Home" in 2003. The album My Kind of Livin' followed in 2005, which included the No. 1 hit, "That's What I Love About Sunday." In 2006, he released Little Bit of Life.