Zac Brown Band Biography
Zac Brown, born the 11th of 12 children, was raised in Dahlonega, Georgia. He attended South Forsyth High School. He began playing guitar as a teenager. Previously, Brown and his father owned a restaurant in the Lake Oconee area of Georgia called "Zac's Place". Zac Brown also began work as a philanthropist and humanitarian, planning income from his current album to enable the funding of the non-profit Homegrown Camp, designed as an "all inclusive children's camp that will teach diversity, freedom, teamwork, social justice, nutritional awareness, liberty and life skills as well as music and art".
The Zac Brown Band released its first album, Far from Einstyne, in 2004, followed by Home Grown a year later. A live album entitled Live from the Rock Bus Tour followed in 2007 on the Home Grown label.
The Zac Brown Band then signed to Live Nation Records in 2008. Their first single, "Chicken Fried", was originally recorded in 2003 and included on the Home Grown album, but later re-recorded and released to country radio in 2008. This song was also recorded by The Lost Trailers, whose 2006 recording was released as a single but withdrawn after Brown decided that he wanted to release it himself instead.
In October 2008, Atlantic Records took over distribution of "Chicken Fried". The band's album, The Foundation, was released under Atlantic Records' newly re-established country division in association with Home Grown/Big Picture label on November 18, 2008. The group had been previously signed with Live Nation Artists Records. "Chicken Fried" reached Number One on the country charts in November 2008, making them the first country band to reach Number One with a debut single since Heartland did so in 2006 with "I Loved Her First". In January 2009, Clay Cook joined as a multi-instrumentalist, and the band released its second single, "Whatever It Is". Like "Chicken Fried" before it, this song has reached Top 5 on the country charts and Top 40 on the pop charts. In July 2009, a third single, "Toes", was released.