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Big & Rich ‘That’s Why I Pray’ [VIDEO]

I absolutely love the latest hit from Big & Rich, “That’s Why I Pray.” When I heard the song for the first time, I knew we would add it on the playlist. I’ve had so many listeners respond in such a positive way to the song. The song really touches what is going in out world today, and even gives us hope that with pray, things will get better. John Rich met Big Kenny in 1998, both had been through a lot with the the record industry, and not in a great way. Some of you may not realize that  Rich had been in the country band Lonestar before launching a brief solo career. Big Kenny (whose real name is Kenny Alphin) didn’t become a full-time musician until he was in his 30s, but a big record deal and an album went nowhere, so he started a band known as luvjOi.

Rich and Big Kenny became friends and writing partners, and they kept collaborating at each other’s shows and with friends James Otto and Jon Nicholson. The sessions soon turned into a weekly Tuesday night gig,  known as the MuzikMafia,  at a small Nashville establishment called the Pub of Love.

The guys got a great break in 2003, when Martina McBride recorded their song “She’s a Butterfly” for her self-titled effort and the duo landed a record deal of their own with Warner Bros. Nashville.

In February of 2004, Big & Rich debuted their “Wild West Show,” a bold and country-rocker that showed off their high-low harmony vocals. Later that spring they released their album, , ” Horse of a Different Color.”

“Horse of a Different Color”  topped the Billboard country chart, thanks to the single, “Save a Horse, Ride a Cowboy.” Big & Rich returned in late 2005 with “Comin’ to Your City”. The music video for one of the album’s singles, “8th of November,” received a CMA nomination in 2006.


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