Eric Paslay
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Eric Paslay
Eric Paslay
Eric Thomas Paslay[1]
Born (1983-01-29) January 29, 1983 (age 35)[2][3]
Abilene, Texas, U.S.[4]
Origin Waco, Texas, U.S.[4]
Temple, Texas, U.S.[4]
Genres Country
Instruments Vocals, guitar
Labels EMI Nashville

Eric Thomas Paslay (born January 29, 1983, Abilene, Texas, United States) is an American country music singer and songwriter. He has released one album for EMI Nashville, which contains the hit singles "Friday Night", "Song About a Girl", and "She Don't Love You". In addition to these, Paslay has written several hit singles for other artists, and has collaborated with Amy Grant, Dierks Bentley, Charles Kelley, among others.

Early life

Eric Thomas Paslay was born on January 29, 1983. He started playing guitar at the age of 15. He graduated from Middle Tennessee State University in the Fall of 2005 with his Bachelor of Science degree.[1]


In mid-2011, Paslay signed to EMI Records Nashville. After his first two singles "Never Really Wanted" and "If the Fish Don't Bite" failed to make top 40, his third, "Friday Night", was a Top 5 hit on Country Airplay in early 2014. The song was originally recorded by Lady Antebellum, and Paslay's version appears on his self-titled debut album, released in early 2014. The album went on to produce two more singles in "Song About a Girl" and "She Don't Love You".

He also co-wrote Jake Owen's "Barefoot Blue Jean Night",[5] the Will Hoge/Eli Young Band song "Even If It Breaks Your Heart", and Love and Theft's "Angel Eyes"[6] all of which were number 1 singles on the country charts. He has written album cuts for Lady Antebellum[7] and the Rascal Flatts 2014 single "Rewind".

In 2013, Paslay appeared on Amy Grant's album How Mercy Looks from Here, sharing lead vocals with Grant and Sheryl Crow on a song he wrote called "Deep As It Is Wide". In publicity for the album, Grant stated that she is most excited about Paslay as an up-and-coming artist.[8]

Paslay is featured alongside Dierks Bentley on Charles Kelley's debut solo single "The Driver" which was released on September 28, 2015. "The Driver" received a Grammy nomination for Best Country Duo/Group Performance for the 58th Annual Grammy Awards.[9] This is Paslay's first Grammy nomination as a recording artist.

In October 2015, Paslay released "High Class" as the lead single to his upcoming second studio album.[10] The album's second single, "Angels in This Town" released to country radio on July 18, 2016.[11]

Paslay released a five-song digital extended play, The Work Tapes, in July 2017.[12]


Studio albums

Title Details Peak chart
US Country
Eric Paslay 4 31

Extended plays

Title Album details
The Work Tapes
  • Release date: July 28, 2017
  • Label: EMI Nashville


Year Single Peak chart positions[16] Certifications Sales Album
US Hot Country US Country Airplay US CAN Country
2011 "Never Really Wanted" -- 48 -- -- -- Eric Paslay
2012 "If the Fish Don't Bite" -- 58 -- -- -- N/A
2013 "Friday Night" 6 2 47 8 53 Eric Paslay
2014 "Song About a Girl" 18 12 85 25 --
"She Don't Love You" 15 14 77 28 --
2015 "High Class" 32 32 -- -- -- TBA
2016 "Angels in This Town"[23] -- -- -- -- --
2018 "Young Forever"[24] -- 41 -- -- --
"--" denotes releases that did not chart

Guest singles

Year Single Artist Peak chart
US Country US Country Airplay
2015 "The Driver" Charles Kelley (with Dierks Bentley) 37 44 The Driver
2016 "My House" The Scott Brothers (feat. Eric Paslay)  –  –

Music videos

Year Video Director
2013 "Friday Night"[25] Mason Dixon
2014 "Song About a Girl"[26] Wes Edwards
2015 "She Don't Love You"[27]
"The Driver"[28]
(with Charles Kelley and Dierks Bentley)
TK McKamy
2016 "High Class"[29] Wes Edwards

Awards and nominations

Year Awards Award Outcome
2016 Grammy Awards[9] Best Country Duo/Group Performance – "The Driver"
(with Charles Kelley & Dierks Bentley)


  1. ^ a b Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) (2005). "MTSU Graduates Fall 2005". MTSU. Archived from the original on February 21, 2014. Retrieved 2014. 
  2. ^ CMACommunications (January 29, 2014). "Happy Birthday, Eric Paslay!". YouTube. Retrieved 2014. 
  3. ^ "Get Records for Eric T Paslay in Texas". Retrieved 2014. 
  4. ^ a b c Eric Paslay. "Eric Paslay : About". Eric Paslay. Retrieved 2014. 
  5. ^ Conaway, Alanna (30 August 2011). "Eric Paslay Talks Debut Album and Getting His Start in Country Music". Taste of Country. Retrieved 2011. 
  6. ^ Conaway, Alanna (1 December 2011). "Love and Theft, 'Angel Eyes' - Lyrics Uncovered". Taste of Country. Retrieved 2012. 
  7. ^ Stromblad, Cory (6 September 2011). "Eric Paslay Is Getting Everything He 'Ever Wanted'". The Boot. Retrieved 2011. 
  8. ^ "Amy Grant: The 'Nasty' Way Vince Gill Makes Me Laugh". 2014-12-19. Retrieved . 
  9. ^ a b Vain, Madison (December 7, 2015). "Lady Antebellum's Charles Kelly reacts to his Grammy nom for 'The Driver'". Entertainment Weekly. Entertainment Weekly Inc. Retrieved 2015. 
  10. ^ "Eric Paslay Releases 'High Class' as New Single [LISTEN]". The Boot. Retrieved 2014. 
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  13. ^ "Eric Paslay Album & Song Chart History - Country Albums". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 2014. 
  14. ^ "Eric Paslay Album & Song Chart History - Billboard 200". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 2014. 
  15. ^ Matt Bjorke (February 11, 2015). "Country Album Chart Report For February 11, 2015". Roughstock.  Sales figure given here [1]
  16. ^ "Chart history for Eric Paslay". Billboard. Retrieved 2018. 
  17. ^ "Eric Paslay Album & Song Chart History - Canada Country". Billboard. Retrieved 2013. 
  18. ^ "American single certifications - Eric Paslay - Friday Night". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH
  19. ^ Matt Bjorke (April 2, 2014). "Country Chart News - The Top 30 Digital Singles - April 2, 2014: Florida Georgia Line #1, Jerrod Niemann & Dierks Bentley Gold, Luke Bryan Leads 6 Near-Gold Singles & Stars". Roughstock. Archived from the original on April 7, 2014. 
  20. ^ Matt Bjorke (July 23, 2014). "Top 30 Digital Country Singles - July 23, 2014". Roughstock. 
  21. ^ Matt Bjorke (June 11, 2015). "Country Music's Top 30 Digital Singles: Week of June 11, 2015".  Sales figure given here [2]
  22. ^ Bjorke, Matt (May 5, 2016). "Top 30 Digital Singles Report: May 5, 2016". Roughstock. 
  23. ^ "ERIC PASLAY, 'ANGELS IN THIS TOWN' [LISTEN]". Taste of Country. Retrieved 2018. 
  24. ^ Carr, Courtney. "HEAR ERIC PASLAY'S NEW SINGLE, 'YOUNG FOREVER' [LISTEN]". The Boot. Retrieved 2018. 
  25. ^ "CMT : Videos : Eric Paslay : Friday Night". Country Music Television. Retrieved 2013. 
  26. ^ "CMT : Videos : Eric Paslay : Song About a Girl". Country Music Television. Retrieved 2014. 
  27. ^ Leahey, Andrew (March 12, 2015). "Watch Eric Paslay's Reflective 'She Don't Love You' Video". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2015. 
  28. ^ "The Driver - Charles Kelley". Vevo. Retrieved 2015. 
  29. ^ "CMT : Videos : Eric Paslay : High Class". Country Music Television. Retrieved 2016. 

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