In 1989, he released his debut self-entitled album.The album reached number 2 on the Billboard Top Country Album list.He played and sang in mainly clubs and bars during the initial phase.After getting in touch with an entertainment attorney, Rod Phelps, he started increasing his contact in the music industry.
Furthermore, he is often seen as one of the best country artists in the industry. He has an Irish ethnic background from his mother side.
As per his education, he attended Oklahoma State University. Later in 1984, he graduated with a degree in Advertising.