Garth Brooks dominated country music in the 1990s, but Clint Black had a pretty good decade too. The singer-guitarist registered 28 Top 10 country hits in that span, 13 of them topping the chart. His combination of traditional country and contemporary pop strains helped set the stage for Brooks and other like-minded country performers.
Black grew up in Katy, Texas, a Houston suburb, and began singing and writing as a teenager. His 1989 debut album for RCA, “Killing Time,” sold more than 2 million copies and included such hits as “A Better Man,” “Nobody’s Home” and "Walkin’ Away.”
His next collections yielded more hits and big numbers, but eventually the sales decreased, and in the late ’90s Black left RCA and took a break. The hiatus produced a major release for Black and his wife, actress Lisa Hartman: daughter Lily Pearl.
Black established a label called Equity Music Group, which launched the career of Little Big Town and became the home for his releases. Black has also acted over the years, starring in “Still Holding On: The Legend of Cadillac Jack” and appearing in the films “Maverick” and “Going Home.” His TV credits include “The Larry Sanders Show,” “Las Vegas,” “King of the Hill” and “Celebrity Apprentice.”