A star of country music is set to perform at the Jasper Arts Center next weekend.

Clint Black will take the stage next Sunday, November 10th at 7:30 pm. Black’s performance is part of the New Directions series at the Jasper Arts Center. The series is designed to appeal to all audiences, but specifically to those people between the ages of 25 and 45.

Black was originally born in New Jersey, but his family moved to Katy, Texas when he was 1 year old. He began to show off his talents in music when he was a teenager, entertaining people at backyard barbecues with a band consisting of him and his brothers. Black taught himself to play the harmonica, bass guitar, and drums.

Black dropped out of high school at the age of 17. He supported his musical ambitions through jobs ranging from a construction worker to a fishing guide. In 1987, Black formed his current musical partnership with Hayden Nicholas. Black has written more than 100 songs and many of those have been in collaboration with Nicholas. Black has cited Merle Haggard, Waylon Jennings, and Willie Nelson as his biggest influence.

Black signed with RCA Records shortly after partnering with Nicholas and released his first record. The record, titled ‘Killin Time’, reached number 1 on the Billboard Country Albums chart and in 1990, it was certified platinum. 5 singles from the album spent time at number 1 on the charts, marking the first time that any country music artist had accomplished this.

Some of the other albums Black is well known for include:

Put Yourself in My Shoes (1990)
The Hard Way (1992)
No Time to Kill (1993)
One Emotion (1994)
Nothin’ But the Tail Lights (1997)
D’lectrified (1999)
Spend My Time (2004)
Drinkin’ and Other Songs (2005)

Several compilation albums, including When I Said I Do (released August 5th through Cracker Barrel restaurants) also make up Black’s musical work.

Black has been recognized with several different awards, including Top Male Vocalist and Album of the Year. He also has a star along the Hollywood Walk of Fame, joining a select group of country music stars. Black has also been on The Apprentice in addition to other roles in movies and TV programs. He also works to raise money for the International Rett Syndrome Foundation (IRSF) with the help of Apprentice partner Scott Hamilton.

Black is married to Lisa Hartman Black. The couple have one child (Lily Pearl) who was born in 2001.