Eric Church’s Mom is the ‘Toughest Person’ He Knows
It sounds like country superstar Eric Church inherited quite a bit from his mom, Rita. The “Monsters” singer says his…
Eric Church; Photo by Andrew Wendowski
It sounds like country superstar Eric Church inherited quite a bit from his mom, Rita. The “Monsters” singer says his mother is the strongest person he knows and credits his musical talents to her side of the family.
“My mom, even though my dad won’t like this, my mom is by far the toughest person that I’ve met,” the superstar shares. “She’s tough. One of those people that’s been through a lot in her life, adversity wise and never complains, always really resilient with anything that’s happened to her. And it’s just that attitude, the positive attitude regardless of what has happened that I think is the one thing that I got from her. With career, she’s always been a person that’s been really positive through times that I couldn’t find a positive streak, [laughs] and she was always really positive, and very much believes in tough it out, keep working hard, and that’s her motto with stuff like that. I’ve always been impressed with that stuff.”
In addition to certain personality traits, Church also believes his love for music was passed onto him from his mother.
“Then musically, she’s where I get my talent from, musically. She sings great, always has, her mom sang great. I owe my musical chops to her,” he says. “And she still sings some. So, career-wise, I owe her everything. And just in life-wise she’s given me a lot of the qualities that it has taken for me to get me where I am. Not only as a musician, but as a man.”
For the most part, the North Carolina native keeps his personal and family life out of the spotlight, however, in 2011, his parents opened up about his rise to stardom in an interview with the Hickory Daily Record. They praised their son for his hard work and dedication, telling the publication, “It’s not as easy as it looks – he deserves every penny he makes.”
Lauren Jo Black
Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for Answers.com and her work being featured on Forbes.com. She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.