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Rob Crosby (born Robert Crosby Hoar; April 25, 1954) is an American country music artist. Between 1990 and 1996, Rob charted eight singles on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks charts. He has also recorded six studio albums, with his most recent, Catfish Day, being released in 2007. He also co-wrote Eric Paslay's 2014 single "Friday Night", The Common Linnets' 2014 single "Calm After the Storm", Martina McBride's 2003 single "Concrete Angel", Andy Griggs' 2000 single "She's More" and Lee Greenwood's 1990 single "Holdin' a Good Hand" and has written songs for Lady Antebellum, Carl Perkins, Paul Simon, Brooks & Dunn, Restless Heart, Blackhawk, Darryl Worley, Boy Howdy, Ty Herndon, Don Williams, Ilse DeLange, Trace Adkins, Lee Brice and more.

Rob Crosby
Birth nameRobert Crosby Hoar[1][2][3]
Born (1954-04-25) April 25, 1954 (age 65)
OriginSumter, South Carolina, United States
InstrumentsVocals, Guitar
Years active1990–present
LabelsArista Nashville
River North
WebsiteOfficial website



Early lifeEdit

Rob Crosby was born and raised in Sumter, South Carolina, graduating in the Sumter High School class of 1972. He wrote his first song when he was 9 years old,[2] and by the time he started the fifth grade, he had his own band, The Radiations.[2] During High School and college, he performed in South Carolina, and eventually across the Southeast.[4] In 1984, Crosby moved to Nashville with his family and began playing in local clubs.[2]


In 1984, an Atlanta businessman offered Crosby $700 a month for a cut in his future songwriting royalties.[5] After getting a job as a staff writer, country music group Chance took his song "She Told Me Yes" to the top 30 in 1985.[2] Since then, many songs written by Crosby have reached the Billboard top 10, including "Friday Night" by Eric Paslay, "Concrete Angel" by Martina McBride, "She's More" by Andy Griggs and "Holdin' a Good Hand" by Lee Greenwood.[3][6] Crosby's songs have been recorded by Blackhawk, Brooks & Dunn, Ty Herndon, Paul Overstreet, Carl Perkins, Restless Heart, Ricochet, Paul Simon, The Wilkinsons and Darryl Worley, among others.[7][8]

Music careerEdit

After a performance at a songwriter's night, Crosby was signed to Arista Nashville.[2] The label released his debut album, Solid Ground, in 1991. The first three singles, "Love Will Bring Her Around," "She's a Natural" and "Still Burnin' for You," all reached the top 20 on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart. In 1995, he signed with River North and released his third album, Starting Now. Both singles released from the project peaked outside of the top 60 on Billboard. The same year, he was offered a chance to join the country music band Burnin' Daylight (which featured former members of Southern Pacific and Exile); however, he decided to focus on his solo career instead.[5]

Crosby returned in 2003 on CSC Records with One Light in the Dark, a collection of original songs.[7] He has released two albums since, 2003's Time Is a Gypsy and 2007's Catfish Day.[9]



Title Album details Peak positions
US Country
Solid Ground 74
Another Time and Place
  • Release date: August 11, 1992
  • Label: Arista Nashville
Starting Now
One Light in the Dark
  • Release date: 2003
  • Label: CSC
Time Is a Gypsy
  • Release date: 2003
  • Label: CSC
Catfish Day
  • Release date: 2007
  • Label: CSC
"—" denotes releases that did not chart


Year Single Peak chart
US Country CAN Country
1990 "Love Will Bring Her Around" 12 10 Solid Ground
1991 "She's a Natural" 15 10
"Still Burnin' for You" 20 25
1992 "Working Woman" 28 29
"She Wrote the Book" 53 73 Another Time and Place
"In the Blood" 48 53
1995 "The Trouble with Love" 64 Starting Now
1996 "Ladies Man" 64
"Fallin' In and Crawlin' Out"[10]
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Music videosEdit

Year Video Director
1990 "Love Will Bring Her Around"
1991 "She's a Natural"
1992 "She Wrote the Book" Chris Rogers
"In the Blood"
1995 "The Trouble with Love" Chris Rogers


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2008). Hot Country Songs 1944 to 2008. Record Research, Inc. p. 108. ISBN 0-89820-177-2.
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Rob Crosby Biography". allmusic. Retrieved September 18, 2011.
  3. ^ a b Brunson, Dennis (March 12, 1994). "He's a Natural". The Item. Retrieved September 18, 2011.
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  5. ^ a b Rob Crosby Biography :
  6. ^ Rob Crosby
  7. ^ a b CD Baby: ROB CROSBY: One Light in the Dark
  8. ^ Meet Songwriter Rob Crosby
  9. ^ One Light In The Dark
  10. ^ "Single Reviews" (PDF). Billboard. June 8, 1996.

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