|2002 GRAND MARSHALL
BORN: August 19 in Lafayette, Louisiana
CURRENT RESIDENCE: Gallatin, Tennessee
EARLIEST AMBITION: To play centerfield for the
Boston Red Sox
FAVORITES: Song:House of the Rising Sun;
Pastimes: Baseball and hanging around the farm;
Colors: Black, blues, red and green; Foods: Cajun, seafood
gumbo and fajitas; Artists: Bob Luman, Rick Nelson and
FIRST PAYING MUSICAL JOB: Singing for $10 a night
in a Florida nightclub
CAREER ACHIEVEMENTS: (1) Top 10 singles include
Sooner Or Later, Island, Shes
Playing Hard To Forget, I Could Use Another
You, Shes Gonna Win Your Heart,
Operator, Operator, I Wanna Hear It
From You, You Should Have Been Gone By Now,
Sometimes A Lady, Right Hand Man,
Youre Never Too Old For Young Love,
I Shouldve Called, Who Do You
Know In California, A Little Bit Crazy.;
(2) Number one singles include Bayou Boys,
I Got Mexico, Shine, Shine, Shine,
Im Gonna Get You, Joe Knows How
To Live, Til You Cry, In
A Letter To You.
SONGWRITING CREDITS: Eddy, who has won over 30
ASCAP songwriting awards, has written numerous hits for
other country artists, including Country Green
by Don Gibson, Good Morning Country Rain by
Jeannie C. Riley. Back In The Country by Roy
Acuff and the number one Thank God For Kids
by the Oak Ridge Boys.
TELEVISION CREDITS: The Pat Sajak Show
(CBS), Academy of Country Music Awards (NBC),
Showbiz Today (CNN), and the following Nashville
Network programs: Nashville Now, Country
Kitchen, Celebrity Outdoors, New
Country, On Stage, Backstage Live
At The Grand Ole Opry and Music City Tonight.
CAREER HIGH POINTS: Too many to cite but
earning my first number one record with Ive
Got Mexico still stands out.
ADVICE FOR OTHERS SEEKING A CAREER IN MUSIC: If
youre serious about this business, dont expect
to make money at it - get into it because you love it.
If you dont love it enough to get a day job to support
your music habit, then youre going to have a problem.
Eddy Raven's kind of music is rich in lyrical imagery
and strong in the artists musical roots. He has
been writing and playing a mixture of rock, country, Cajun
and blues since he was a Louisiana teenager. In fact,
his first single release, for the Georgia-based Cosmos
label, was one of his own compositions, Once A Fool.
He started working at Lafayettes La Louisiane, selling
records and working in the facilitys sound studios,
gaining a huge amount of all-around knowledge. It was
there that Raven first worked with the great regional
stars such as Professor Longhair, Dr. John, Dale and Grace
(Im Leaving It All Up To You) and John
Fred and the Playboy Band. The great Bobby Charles (Walking
To New Orleans and See You Later Alligator)
lived only a few miles away, and cut one of Eddys
songs, becoming something of a songwriter mentor to the
La Louisiane added Eddy to its roster and released That
Cajun Country Sound, which promoted Opry star Jimmy
C. Newman to invite Raven to Nashville. AcuffRose
signed the young man as a staff writer and he went back
to Louisiana determined to write a hit song. That he did.
He wrote Country Green and Touch The
Morning" for Don Gibson, and Good Morning Country
Rain for Jeannie C. Riley. With the encouragement
of Acuff-Roses Don Gant, the writer made the move
to Nashville to pursue his music career full-time.