Country singer Billy Currington must be doin' somethin' right


Published: Friday, January 20, 2006 at 6:01 a.m.
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Country singer Billy Currington's album “Doin’ Somethin’ Right” — driven by the record's first single "Must Be Doin' Somthin' Right" — reached gold status in sales earlier this month.

Special to the Sun
Country singer Billy Currington's album "Doin' Somethin' Right" - driven by the record's first single "Must Be Doin' Somthin' Right" - reached gold status in sales earlier this month.
Now, this is how to come home for the holidays.
With his current album less than 2-months old, singer Billy Currington took a customary break from life as a major-label country star to visit family and friends in South Georgia for Christmas. En route, he received a call saying the record's first single, "Must Be Doin' Somethin' Right," was going to close out 2005 at the top of the Billboard country charts.
In a young career full of huge and sometimes curious success - a duet hit with Shania Twain in 2004 along with recognition by Nashville Lifestyles magazine as one of the city's "25 Most Beautiful People" - this was the accolade that mattered most: his first No. 1 single as a solo artist.
"You couldn't ask for a better gift at Christmastime," said Currington.
The good news didn't stop there. On Jan. 6, Currington learned his new album, "Doin' Somethin' Right," reached gold status in sales.
"In just one month, we sold twice as many copies as the first album (his self-titled 2003 debut) sold in nearly four years. So, yeah, things are pretty unbelievable right now."
With a singing voice that regularly reflects his love of vintage soul and traditional country, the former concrete-factory worker gained initial radio attention with a pair of Top 10 hits from his debut album. One of them, "Walk a Little Straighter," was a grim remembrance of his alcoholic father.
The mood switched entirely on "Party for Two," a major pop-friendly smash with Twain. Suddenly, Currington went from being a noted rookie to a major country celebrity. The tune's accompanying video, shot in London, England, played on CMT for months.
"The song wasn't an introduction, of course," Currington said. "But it sure boosted my career. Video, though, goes a long way today. Standing next to Shania Twain, who the whole world loves, didn't hurt. I don't think people had any choice but to inquire as to who I was because that video was played so much."
While the second album was being recorded, Currington stirred up some very different publicity. In March, he was featured in the decidedly non-country pages of Playgirl magazine. In early fall, People designated a shirtless Currington their Man of the Week.
Perhaps that's to be expected from one of Nashville's "beautiful people." But as an aspiring singer from South Georgia, such diversions were the last things he expected while pursuing a country music career.
"I never could see myself in Playgirl or People or anything like that," Currington said. "You just don't think about those things. All you think about is getting onstage and singing. Winding up in Playgirl and People wasn't something anybody had planned. But that made it all the more fun for me."
Once "Doin' Somethin' Right" was released, fans saw more of Currington's musical profile. "She's Got a Way With Me" was co-written and performed with pop-soul singer Michael McDonald. And for the retro-country crowd, there was a remake of "Lucille," the honky-tonk hit that reinvented Kenny Rogers as a country singer nearly three decades ago.
"I don't know why it is, but I just love soul music and all that old country stuff," Currington said. "I guess somehow my heart mixed them both together as I made my albums."

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