NASHVILLE, Tenn. (November 22, 2014) – There’s an old saying about there being strength in numbers. Country Music fans will no doubt find that out with the upcoming tour that teams up three of Country Music’s most distinctive stylists of the past two decades – Ty Herndon, Andy Griggs, and Jamie O’Neal. Separately, the numbers don’t lie – and together, they are staggering – over 40 chart singles on the Billboard Country Singles chart and millions of records sold. Each artist has their own success story to tell, but when they are on stage, it’s truly a magical combination – one that will stay in the minds of fans well after the last bow.
Talk to either Ty, Andy or Jamie, and you will find nothing but respect for the other two artists. Andy said that he’s excited to be teaming up with a pair of artists that are among his favorites, though he does admit that opposites do attract. “We all blend together about like Tupac, Bill Monroe and Joan Rivers but somehow it works on stage! Go figure! But when we’re not singing our hearts out together it's the most awkward, misplaced, dysfunctional, hilarious carnival that has ever been displayed!” Andy expects being on the road with Ty and Jamie to be nothing short of...entertaining.
When discussing Jamie, Andy says “Take a phenomenal female vocalist. Now add a husband to go with that that has to carry her 10 piece luggage all over God's creation. Then, mix it with her having to put up with 2 guys that are more different than night and day and can't even agree on having a vocal rehearsal which in return drives her so far up the wall that she's on verge of quitting the whole tour at any given moment of any given day and that's Jamie,” he says, adding that Ty is also an interesting character, as well.
“God certainly displays his amazing sense of humor each time he places me and Ty on tour together! I've never known a guy that I had half of the things in life in common with (born in the Spirit filled Bible Belt, completely southern, in love with the same kind of music...etc..) but then again can't be any more different than John Wayne and Prince! There's no way for us to completely understand each other's taste buds of life and we don't even pretend to try. That would be a total waste of each other's time. It's the strange ironies and upside down compasses in life though that makes us all rich. With Ty and myself, we share 2 of the rarest things in common. I suppose they out trump the mountains of shortcomings and differences that lay between us. Those two qualities we share are: being real and true to our natures, and being friends.”
Jamie feels that the new partnership will definitely be entertaining – on stage and off. “I'm so excited to be a part of this. Ty and Andy are two of the best male vocalists from any genre. They're so funny, good looking, and just a couple of goofy smart asses! I just couldn't resist. Ty is the most well put together, smoothest control freak I've ever met. Andy is a cute, lovable redneck with the softest heart. I only know when we sang together for the first time something very special happened and here we are, taking the next obvious step.”
Ty believes that the fans are going to get their monies worth when seeing their show live. He knows he’s been entertained from the stage. “The first time the three of us did a show together I wondered how in the world this would ever work. At first we did separate shows, but as time went on we started doing our shows together. The crowd seemed to love the fact that they got all these hits in one 2 hour show. Then we started singing harmonies with each other. I noticed pretty quickly that we had something special. Three powerhouse vocalists coming together and taking things to a new level. I first noticed it when something went wrong on stage and we had to save our asses by singing something acapella. ‘Amazing Grace’ never sounded so good. It was magic!”
About Ty Herndon:
Ty Herndon was born in the heart of Mississippi, and was raised in Alabama. He grew up enamored with much of the Gospel music that was around the south, performing around home as a teenager. After high school, he moved to the Lone Star State, where he developed his craft so well he was named as Texas Entertainer of the Year in 1993. Not too long after that, Ty found himself on the roster of Epic Records. His first single, “What Mattered Most,” topped the charts in the summer of 1999, and led to other number ones as “Living In A Moment” and “It Must Be Love.” He notched a pair of Gold albums for his first two releases – What Mattered Most and Living In A Moment. The past few years have seen no end to Ty’s artistry – as he earned a Dove Award and also a Grammy nomination for his 2010 release “Journey On,” and received some of the most sterling reviews of his career for his thought-provoking “Lies I Told Myself,” from his album of the same name.
About Andy Griggs:
Louisiana native Andy Griggs was a one-time minister in his home state before being signed to RCA Records in the late 1990s. His 1999 debut, “You Won’t Ever Be Lonely” (from his Gold-selling album of the same title) was one of the most played hits of the year, paving the way for such future hits as “She’s More,” “I’ll Go Crazy,” and the powerful “If Heaven.” Andy has collaborated with some equally talented artists in the past – such as Martina McBride, Blake Shelton, and one of his heroes, Waylon Jennings – with whom he teamed up on his debut album for “Shine On Me.” Andy’s soulful delivery can ooze romance or bring people to tears – especially on ballads such as 2013’s “20 Little Angels,” a song after the tragic events of Sandy Hook, CT. The singer also earned quite a bit of attention for his all-acoustic album Naked, which was also released in 2013, and for this year’s Triple Play EP, which was released on iTunes.
About Jamie O’Neal:
Performing comes very naturally to Jamie O’Neal. She started performing in a band with her family in Australia. Jamie signed with Mercury Records in 2000. Right off the bat, she scored with not just a “Hit” record, but an instant classic with the haunting “There Is No Arizona.” Her follow-up, “When I Think About Angels,” also hit the top of the charts, helping to propel her debut disc, Shiver, to Gold status. She hit pay dirt time and again with other records like “Tryin’ To Find Atlantis” and “Somebody’s Hero.” Her 2002 collaboration with Mark Wills, “I’m Not Gonna Do Anything Without You,” remains a fan favorite to this day, and she was featured on the soundtrack of the box office hit Bridget Jones’ Diary. Eternal, her most recent album, contains her take on many classic songs by some of her favorite artists – including a smoldering take on Larry Gatlin’s “I’ve Done Enough Dyin’ Today,” as well as a take on the George Jones and Tammy Wynette classic “Golden Ring,” with Andy.