ABOUT RANDY HOUSER
Born Shawn Randolph Houser and raised in Lake, Mississippi, country singer and songwriter Randy Houser was raised in a musical household. Houser’s father was a professional musician and Houser taught himself guitar, fronting his own band by age 10. When he attended East Central Community College in Decatur, Mississippi, he formed a band called 10 lb. Biscuit.
2002-2005: Career beginnings
In 2002, Houser relocated to Nashville, Tennessee in order to pursue a music career. He began as a songwriter for other artists, with one of his first hits being Trace Adkins’ "Honky Tonk Badonkadonk", which he co-wrote with Jamey Johnson and Dallas Davidson. The song became a top-five hit, leading him to begin performing as an artist in his own right. He had a short-lived contract with MCA Nashville, but he did not release anything on the label.
2008-2009: Anything Goes
In 2008, Houser signed to Universal South Records, releasing his debut single, "Anything Goes", in May of that year. The song peaked at number 16 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. He released his debut album of the same name that November, reaching number one on the Heatseekers Album chart and number 21 on the Top Country Albums chart. The album’s second single, "Boots On", was released in February 2009 and peaked at number two on the Hot Country Songs chart, becoming his first top 10 hit. "Back That Thing Up", a song he co-wrote, was Justin Moore’s debut single, peaking at number 38 on the Hot Country Songs chart.
At the 2009 CMA Awards, Houser received two nominations, including New Artist of the Year and Music Video of the Year for "Boots On".
2009-2010: They Call Me Cadillac
Houser co-wrote the song "My Cowboy", the third single from Jessie James’ self-titled album, with James and Jamey Johnson. The single was released in October, as was Houser’s third single, "Whistlin' Dixie", which was the lead-off single to his second studio album, They Call Me Cadillac. He followed with the single "I'm All About It", which was not included on the album, and followed with "A Man Like Me" (also from They Call Me Cadillac), which he co-wrote with Danny Green and Jameson Clark.
2010-2011: How Country Feels
"In God's Time", Houser’s sixth single, was released outside of an album in 2011. That year, he left Show Dog-Universal in 2011 and signed with Broken Bow Records' Stoney Creek division.
"How Country Feels", his first single on Stoney Creek was released on May 7, 2012, and became his first number one, hitting the top spot on the Country Airplay chart. His first album on the label, also titled How Country Feels, came out on January 22, 2013. The album reached number three on both the Hot Country Albums and Independent Albums charts and number 11 on the Billboard 200. He released the album’s second single, "Runnin' Outta Moonlight", on March 4 and it became his second number one on the Country Airplay chart. "Goodnight Kiss", the album’s third single, reached number one on the Mediabase Country Chart and number two on the Country Airplay chart and was released that September. The final single from How Country Feels was "Like a Cowboy", which reached number 3 on the Country Airplay chart in March 2015 and received a nomination for 2015 Country Music Association Song of the Year. Throughout 2015, Houser acted as support to Luke Bryan’s Kick the Dust Up.
2015-2016: Fired Up
"We Went", the lead single to Houser’s fourth studio album, was released in April 2015, reaching number one on the Country Airplay chart the following March. The album, Fired Up, was released in March 2016 and debuted at number 15 on the Billboard 200 and number three on the Top Country Albums chart. Its next single, "Song Number 7", was released at the end of the month. "Chasing Down a Good Time", the album’s third and final single, was released on July 18, 2016.
"What Whiskey Does" featuring Hillary Lindsey was released as the lead single from Houser’s fifth album, Magnolia, which was released on January 11, 2019. This was followed by "No Stone Unturned". The album reached number two on the Independent Albums chart and number 11 on the Top Country Albums chart.