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There are at least 3 artists called Lonestar:
1) Lonestar is an American country music band consisting of lead singer Cody Collins (born in Pace, Florida), Michael Britt (born Michael Wayne Britt, 15 June 1966, in Fort Worth, Texas), Keech Rainwater (born Randy Keech Rainwater, 24 January 1963, in Plano, Texas) and Dean Sams (born Kenneth Dean Sams, 3 August 1966, in Garland, Texas). Until September 2007, Richie McDonald (born Richard Vance McDonald, on 6 February 1962, in Mesquite, Texas), was the band’s lead singer; he departed in pursuit of a solo career. John Rich (born January 7, 1974 in Amarillo, Texas), currently one half of country music duo Big & Rich, was also a member of the group until 1998.
The group began having major country hits in 1995, with the top 10 hit “Tequilla Talking.” Their first No. 1 hit was “No News,” which spent three weeks at the top of Billboard magazine’s Hot Country Singles chart in 1996.
Lonestar’s signature song is “Amazed,” a ballad which spent nine weeks at No. 1 on Billboard’s country chart during the summer of 1999. The song subsequently climbed to the top of Billboard’s Hot 100 chart, the first country act to accomplish the feat since 1983’s “Islands in the Stream” by Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton.
Another popular Lonestar song was “Mr. Mom”. This song is on of the most played songs on radio stations to date.
Other No. 1 hits include “Come Cryin’ to Me” (summer 1997); “Smile” and “What About Now” (both 2000); “Tell Her” and “I’m Already There” (2001); “My Front Porch Lookin’ In” (2003). Other important hits in Lonestar’s discography include “Running Away With My Heart” and “When Cowboys Didn’t Dance” (1996); “Heartbroke Every Day” and “You Walked In” (1997); “Say When” and “Everything’s Changed” (1998); “With Me” (2001); “Not a Day Goes By” and “Unusually Unusual” (2002); “Walking in Memphis” (2003); “Let’s Be Us Again” (2004); “Class Reunion (That Used to Be Us)” (2005) and “You’re Like Coming Home” (2005). Their current single is “I’ll Die Tryin’”, which is a cover of another Emerson Drive song released three years earlier.
During Lonestar’s early years, songwriter John Rich was also a member as the band’s bassist. He left the group in 1998 and is now part of the country duo Big & Rich.
On May 1st, 2006 Lonestar sang the National Anthem at Fenway Park in Boston with the return of Johnny Damon.
|2) Lonestar is also a progressive house project by Derek Howell. See the releases at Discogs.
3) Lonestar is the name of an electronic/experimental musician in Germany who has released on the Mephtik Netlabel in the past.
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