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DRAKE WHITE

Baptized in the outdoors and proven on Music Row, country whirlwind Drake White never wanders far from his rural roots.

In a world awash with artificial distractions, country artist Drake White delivers a welcome dose of boot-stompin’, feel-good music as genuine and powerful as his rural Alabama roots and lifelong love for hunting, fishing and all things outdoors.

White is best known for his uplifting and up-tempo take on traditional country, which has produced breakout hits including “The Simple Life” and “It Feels Good.”

Recently named one of Billboard’s top 10 hottest new country stars, he’s rocked the Grand Ole Opry and opened for heavy hitters including Kid Rock, Eric Church and Alan Jackson. As of this writing, he’s currently on tour with the Zac Brown Band and has performances set with Little Big Town.

But there’s more to White than catchy melodies and lines that tug at your heartstrings; the firmly grounded singer-songwriter is also a walking testament to the virtues of small-town values, caring for the land and savoring time spent afield.

“I was raised in Hokes Bluff, Alabama, a little town of about 4,000 nestled in the foothills of the Appalachians,” he explains in a soothing Southern drawl.

In that hard-working community on the banks of the meandering Coosa River, White was surrounded by natural beauty and an abundance of fish and game. He was also blessed with an extended family to nurture his faith, his music and a passion for the outdoors.

“I was baptized in hunting and fishing by my father and grandfather,” he grins. “They taught me to track whitetail deer, fix old boat motors and respect the land.”

Indeed, some of White’s fondest childhood memories stem from the family hunting camp.

“Grandpa had an old Holiday Rambler camper down in southern Alabama on the Mississippi line,” he recalls. “We’d stay there for weeks on end in November, December and January.”

Like countless camps across the continent, it offered a wealth of life lessons, many of which transcended hunting.

“Those early days at hunting camp helped develop my love for the outdoors, along with an appreciation for qualities such as patience, loyalty and diligence,” he says.

White says his mentors also fostered a deep reverence for life.

“That’s probably the best one of all,” he admits. “My family instilled in me a deep respect for the land and the creatures that roam it. When we harvested a deer, a turkey or a limit of fish, we utilized every part of those animals. We’d eat the meat or donate it to the church to feed other people, and use the rest to fertilize our soil.”

To read the rest of Drake’s story click here.

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