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|Birth name||Leon Eric Brooks III|
|Born||May 12, 1955|
Shreveport, Louisiana, U.S.
|Occupation(s)||Singer-songwriter, musician, radio personality, producer|
|Instruments||Vocals, guitar, mandolin, harmonica, piano|
|Labels||Capitol, Arista Nashville|
|Associated acts||Ronnie Dunn and Reba McEntire|
Leon Eric Brooks III, better known by his stage name Kix Brooks (born May 12, 1955), is an American country music artist, actor, and film producer best known for being one half of the duo Brooks & Dunn and host of radio's American Country Countdown. Prior to the duo's foundation, he was a singer and songwriter, charting twice on Hot Country Songs and releasing an album for Capitol Records. Brooks and Ronnie Dunn comprised Brooks & Dunn for twenty years, then both members began solo careers. Brooks's solo career after Brooks & Dunn includes the album New to This Town.
Brooks grew up in Shreveport, Louisiana. He has a sister, a half-sister, and a half-brother; his father also adopted a son of his third wife. After graduating from the former Sewanee Military Academy, an Episcopal school in Sewanee, Tennessee, Brooks attended Louisiana Tech University in Ruston as a theatre arts major. He moved to Alaska to work with his father on an oil pipeline for one summer, then returned to Louisiana Tech to finish his education. After graduating, he moved to Maine to write advertising for a company owned by his sister and brother-in-law.
Brooks' father urged him to pursue his desire to become a musician, and he moved to Nashville, Tennessee in the early 1980s. His then-girlfriend (now wife Barbara, with whom he has a son and daughter) followed shortly thereafter. He worked for Tree Publishing as a staff songwriter. He recorded his first solo single, Baby, When Your Heart Breaks Down, for Avion in 1983, but returned to songwriting after it failed to chart. Brooks and Dan Tyler co-wrote Modern Day Romance, released by The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band in June 1985; it became the band's second No. 1 hit on the country chart.
He was one half of country music duo Brooks & Dunn. Their 1991 debut album, Brand New Man, generated four number-one hit singles on the country charts. Brooks usually provided backing vocals on their songs and singles. The singles featuring Brooks on lead vocals include, "You're Gonna Miss Me When I'm Gone", rising to No. 1, "Lost and Found", "Rock My World (Little Country Girl)", "Mama Don't Get Dressed Up for Nothing", "South of Santa Fe", and "Why Would I Say Goodbye".
On August 10, 2009, Brooks & Dunn announced to their fans, via their website they intended to disband after twenty years of touring. According to the short statement released on their web site, Brooks & Dunn intended to release a greatest hits album, tour during the rest of 2009, and have a farewell tour in 2010.
Brooks resumed his solo career in 2012, releasing a new 12-track album on September 11, 2012. New to This Town features nine songs co-written by Brooks, including the album's first single, the title track. He followed his second album with the soundtrack to the western film Ambush at Dark Canyon in 2014. Brooks composed the majority of the musical score as well as starring in the film.
Brooks performed at the 2019 Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum Concert and Induction Ceremony.
Brooks and Dunn have more Country Music Association awards and Academy of Country Music awards than any act in the history of country music. They have the Country Music Association Vocal Duo of the Year award every year since they debuted in 1991 except in 2000 (the honor went to Montgomery Gentry), and in 2007 and 2009 (it was awarded to Sugarland). They sold over 30 million records, and continue to be one of the most-consistently successful touring acts on the concert circuit.
In 2005, Brooks, along with timber industrialist Roy O. Martin Jr., and the Louisiana State University sports legends Paul Dietzel, and Sue Gunter were among those named a "Louisiana Legend" by Louisiana Public Broadcasting.
On July 13, 2013, during his performance at Paragon Casino, Marksville, Louisiana, Kix Brooks was inducted into The Louisiana Music Hall of Fame.
Since January 2006, Brooks has hosted American Country Countdown, a syndicated radio countdown show based on Mediabase (originally was BILLBOARD, from 2006 to August 2009), country charts. Brooks succeeded the show's former host, Bob Kingsley. Brooks is also co-owner of Arrington Vineyards, a Nashville winery with winemaker Kip Summers and businessmen John Russell.
In 2013, Kix launched the film company Team Two Entertainment along with Eric Brooks. The company makes independent films Kix produces, and Kix occasionally appears as an actor.
|New to This Town||10||53|
|Ambush at Dark Canyon (Official Motion Picture Soundtrack)||—||—|
|"—" denotes releases that did not chart|
|US Country Airplay|
|1983||"Baby, When Your Heart Breaks Down"||73||N/A|
|1988||"I'm on to You"||—||Kix Brooks|
|"She Does the Walk on By"||—|
|2012||"New to This Town" (featuring Joe Walsh)||31||New to This Town|
|"Bring It On Home"||39||44|
|"There's the Sun"||—||48|
|"—" denotes releases that did not chart|
|US Country||US Country Airplay|
|2016||"Damn Drunk"||Ronnie Dunn||42||36||Tattooed Heart|
|2012||"New to This Town"||Team Two Entertainment|
|"Bring It On Home"||Dustin Rikert|
|"Moonshine Road"||Aaron Thomas|
|1994||8 Seconds||Himself||Brooks and Dunn|
|2013||A Country Christmas||Duke the horse||Executive Producer/Music Producer|
|2013||Dug Up||Producer Only||Executive Producer|
|2014||Ambush at Dark Canyon||Duke Donovan||Executive Producer|
|2014||Born Wild||Wade Locklin||Executive Producer|
|2016||Timber the Treasure Dog||Timber (voice)|
|2016||A Horse Story||Champion (voice)|
|2016||You're Gonna Miss Me||Elmer Montana||Executive Producer|
|2018||Home by Spring||Arthur||Television film (Hallmark)|
|2020||A Nashville Christmas Carol||Spirit of Christmas Past||Television film (Hallmark)|
|2000||King of the Hill||Himself||Season 4, Episode 24|
|2015||Steak Out with Kix Brooks||Host||Also co-executive producer|
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