Jack Owen Ingram (born November 15, 1970) is an American country music artist formerly signed to Big Machine Records, an independent record label. He has released eleven studio albums, one extended play, six live albums, and 19 singles. Although active since 1992, Ingram did not reach the U.S. Country Top 40 until the release of his single "Wherever You Are" late-2005. A number one hit on the Billboard country charts, that song was also his first release for Big Machine and that label's first Number One hit. Ingram has sent six other songs into the country Top 40 with "Love You", "Lips of an Angel" (a cover version of a song by Hinder), "Measure of a Man", "Maybe She'll Get Lonely", "That's a Man", and "Barefoot and Crazy".
|Birth name||Jack Owen Ingram|
|Born||November 15, 1970|
|Origin||The Woodlands, Texas, U.S.|
|Labels||Rhythmic, Rising Tide, Lucky Dog, Columbia, Big Machine, Blaster|
|Associated acts||Bruce Robison, Charlie Robison|
Jack Ingram began his music career singing at a privately owned bar near the TCU campus of Fort Worth, Texas, which was owned by his friend John Clay Wolfe. Later, during the early 1990s, Jack toured the state of Texas opening for Mark Chesnutt and other acts. His first release was his self-titled album in 1995 via the Rhythmic label, followed by 1995's Lonesome Questions. Warner Bros. Records eventually signed him and released a live album entitled Live at Adair's, and re-issued his first two indie albums.
In 1997 he had his first and only time on the 22nd season of Austin City Limits. That same year, he released Livin' or Dyin' via Rising Tide Records, which produced his first chart single in the No. 51-peaking "Flutter". Two years later came Hey You via Lucky Dog, a division of Epic Records, which accounted for a No. 64 country single in "How Many Days". In 2000, he collaborated with Charlie Robison and Bruce Robison for the live album Unleashed Live.
Electric, his second album for Lucky Dog, was also his first album to enter Top Country Albums, despite not producing a chart single. This album was supplemented a year later by an EP entitled Electric: Extra Volts before he left Lucky Dog. Two more live albums followed before he signed to Columbia Records for the release of Young Man in 2004, which accounted for no singles. Another live album, Acoustic Motel, was issued in 2005.
2005–2011: Big Machine RecordsEdit
In 2005, Ingram signed to the independent record label Big Machine Records. Under the Big Machine banner, Ingram released a predominantly live album entitled Live: Wherever You Are. His first single release on that record label, "Wherever You Are", became Ingram's first top 40, and later his first Number One single on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs charts, as well as the first Number One for the Big Machine label. "Love You", the only other studio track on Live: Wherever You Are, was also released as a single, peaking at No. 12 on the charts. This song was also recorded by Trent Summar & the New Row Mob (whose frontman, Trent Summar, co-wrote it) on their 2005 album Horseshoes & Hand Grenades. This is also where he met famous country music artist Taylor Swift. Jack stated they were developing a relationship though she wasn't interested.
In late 2006, Ingram released a cover of Hinder's song "Lips of an Angel". Ingram's cover peaked at No. 16 on the country charts "Lips of an Angel" was the lead-off single to This Is It, his second album for Big Machine. This album also produced the No. 18 "Measure of a Man" (a Radney Foster co-write) and the No. 24 "Maybe She'll Get Lonely".
In 2008, Ingram appeared at the Argyle Education Foundation Black Diamond Affiar.
He won the Academy of Country Music award for top new male vocalist on May 19, 2008. Ingram also filled in for radio host Bob Kingsley on the countdown show "Bob Kingsley's Country Top 40" for the week of September 20–21, 2008.
According to CMT, Ingram's Big Dreams & High Hopes album has "more guts" and Ellis Paul's "The World Ain't Slowing Down" may be the song that takes Ingram to the "next level". Ingram says "It'll be fun for me to expose people to a fantastic song from an artist who's had a 20-year career of being a very successful folk artist." The song was cut from the album. Its lead-off single "That's a Man" charted in the Top 20, followed by "Barefoot and Crazy," which became his second Top 10 hit. The album's next three singles all failed to enter the Top 40: "Seeing Stars" (a duet with Patty Griffin), "Free" and a re-recording of "Barbie Doll" with guest vocals from Dierks Bentley.
Ingram and Big Machine amicably parted ways in late 2011.
In 2013, Jack teamed up with actor Matthew McConaughey and University of Texas at Austin football coach Mack Brown to create a fundraiser for their favorite children's charities. Dubbed Mack, Jack & McConaughey, the affair was held April 11–12 at Austin's ACL Live at the Moody Theater and featured a gala, golf tournament, fashion show and two nights of music. Mack, Jack & McConaughey returned in 2014.
|Title||Album details||Peak chart positions|
|Livin' or Dyin'||
|This Is It||
|Big Dreams & High Hopes||
|The Marfa Tapes
(with Miranda Lambert and Jon Randall)
|"—" denotes releases that did not chart|
|Electric: Extra Volts||
|Title||Album details||Peak chart|
|Live at Adair's||
(with Bruce Robison and Charlie Robison)
|Live at Billy Bob's Texas||
|Live at Gruene Hall: Happy Happy||
|Live: Wherever You Are||
|"—" denotes releases that did not chart|
|Year||Single||Peak chart positions||Album|
|1997||"That's Not Me"||—||—||89||Livin' or Dyin'|
|1999||"How Many Days"||64||—||—||Hey You|
|2000||"Work This Out"||—||—||—|
|2003||"A Little Bit"||—||—||—||Live at Billy Bob's Texas|
|"Keep on Keepin' On"||—||—||—|
|2005||"Wherever You Are"||1||63||—||Live: Wherever You Are|
|"Lips of an Angel"||16||77||—||This Is It|
|2007||"Measure of a Man"||18||108||—|
|"Maybe She'll Get Lonely"||24||—||—|
|2008||"That's a Man"||18||104||—||Big Dreams & High Hopes|
|2009||"Barefoot and Crazy"||10||64||—|
|"Seeing Stars" (with Patty Griffin)||54||—||—|
|"Barbie Doll" (re-recording)||56||—||—|
|"—" denotes releases that did not chart|
|1997||"That's Not Me"||Michael McNamara|
|1999||"How Many Days"||Trey Fanjoy|
|"Mustang Burn"||Richard Bennett|
|2000||"Barbie Doll"||Flick Wiltshire|
|2002||"One Thing"||Trey Fanjoy|
|2006||"Wherever You Are"||David McClister|
|"Love You"||Shaun Silva|
|2007||"Lips of an Angel"|
|"Measure of a Man"|
|2008||"Maybe She'll Get Lonely"||Gibbs/Greilech|
|"That's a Man"||Brian Lazzaro|
|2009||"Barefoot and Crazy"||Stephen Shepherd|
|2016||"I'm Drinking Through It"||Michael Tully|
Awards and nominationsEdit
|2007||CMT Music Awards||Wide Open Country Video of the Year||Won|
|2008||Academy of Country Music||Top New Male Vocalist||Won|
|CMT Music Awards||Wide Open Country Video of the Year||Nominated|
|2017||CMA Awards||Song of the Year – "Tin Man" (with Miranda Lambert and Jon Randall)||Nominated|
|2018||Grammy Awards||Best Country Song – "Tin Man" (with Miranda Lambert and Jon Randall)||Nominated|
|2018||Academy of Country Music||Song of the Year – "Tin Man" (with Miranda Lambert and Jon Randall)||Won|
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