Kentucky native John Michael Montgomery is practically a country music legend in 2013. For many years he has been sharing his music with fans worldwide. He has had over thirty singles on the Billboard Country Charts, sold over 15 million albums and continues to bless us with his amazing country sound. His very first #1 was titled "I Love The Way You Love Me" which was also named Single Of The Year by Academy Of Country Music. Also amoung his many hits are "I Can Love You Like That" and "Sold (Grundy County Auction.)" John Michael Montgomery has had a tremendous amount of success when it comes to music and I think it's time we get to know him a little better.
1. What is your favorite thing about country music?
It has always been there for me through the ups and downs, highs and lows and it's made in America!
2. Do you think country music should evolve?
Not necessarily, but I do think every new generation of artist brings their own brand and changes to the format and then its up to the fans and radio to decide if they like it or not.
3. Where is your favorite place to perform?
I don't have a certain favorite place, but I do enjoy the fairs and festivals because I'm an outdoors guy. The ticket prices are usually less expensive and the atomospheres are family friendly.
4. Do you have a favorite restaurant or hang out spot in Nashville?
Valentino's! Love it! Food, service and authenticity. It's the best in Nashville, been going there for years!
5. Favorite summer time activity?
Golf and whatever else I can do with my kids together.
6. Do you still enjoy touring as much as you did when you first started out?
My dad was a singer and guitar player and my mom was the drummer/singer in the family band. Me and my brother Eddie(Montgomery Gentry) grew up on stage, it's in our blood and it never gets old.
7. Out of all the songs you've written or performed, is there one that stands out to you the most?
Not really. I know this has been said many times before, but if an artist is fortunate enough to record songs they enjoy singing and have hits along with it then you love them all like your children, including the album cuts.
8. What would your advice be for someone trying to make it in music?
Don't get discouraged and grow some thick skin and a crap load of patience because trying to get a career going in Nashville is like watching the grass grow or paint dry. If it works out, it's well worth it and don't give up on that college degree, George Strait and Brad Paisley and some others went to college and still had success. My brother and I went straight out of high school right into honky tonks and bars, it paid off but it's like playing russian roulette with your career. Also, write songs and collaborate as much as possible.
9. Any new projects in the works for you?
I am working on a new greatest hits with a duet of "I Swear" with All4One included. It turned out really cool, plus I'm hoping I can record a song with my brother Eddie to put on it also, as of now, there is a compilation CD of the 1st five albums I did with Atlantic Records out on the market. Me and Montgomery Gentry have planned to tour together for a few shows also. It will be called the good, bad, and ugly. I'm the good, MG's the bad and opening act is the ugly, still looking for an opening act.
10. Is there anything you would like to say to all the JMM fans out there?
Absolutely! Thanks for hanging in there with me through all the trials and tribulations over the past 20 years. I can't even begin to let you all know how much I appreciate the support of my music. You've made my dreams come true.
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