Ty Herndon is a household name to country music fans due to his impressive string of hits that began in 1995 when Herndon’s debut single, “What Mattered Most,” rocketed to number one. With 17 singles that have landed him on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts, numerous industry awards, and more than 4 million albums sold, one might think Herndon would be content to sit back and reflect on his career achievements. Instead, Herndon recently signed a new recording deal with FUNL Music. The Nashville label has announced Ty Herndon as its flagship artist, and released to radio “Journey On,” the title single from his upcoming album.
For those who know him, Ty Herndon’s passion and commitment to music is not surprising. Raised in Butler, Alabama, Herndon has been a professional entertainer since his teenage years. At age 17, he performed at OPRYLAND USA as a cast member of “Today’s Country Roads.” He went on to compete in the first season of the now iconic television series, “Star Search” and was a winner in the male-vocalist category. This accolade led to appearances on numerous television shows and commercials.
As a live performer, Ty Herndon gained popularity while playing the honky tonks in Texas, and in 1993 he was named Texas Entertainer of the Year. That honor led to interest from Music Row and a record deal with Epic Records. Herndon made his chart debt in 1995 with “What Mattered Most,” which became his first #1 song and garnered a Song of the Year award (Music Row Magazine). It was also the title track to his debut album, which debuted at #15 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart and had the biggest first-week shipment in the history of Epic Records’ Nashville.
Not long after his win as Best New Artist at the Country Radio Music Awards, Herndon felt the weight and pressures of success. In 1995, Herndon faced a very public battle with addiction and entered rehabilitation. As part of his personal healing process, Herndon reached out to others in need, donating his time and talents to organizations such as Make A Wish, St. Jude, and Feed the Children. Herndon’s missteps, however, did not curtail his career. He topped the charts in 1996 with the single “Living in a Moment” and again in 1998 with “It Must Be Love.” Between 1995 and 2002, Herndon charted 17 singles including his three number 1’s and numerous top 10 hits such as “I Want My Goodbye Back,” “Loved Too Much,” “A Man Holding On (To a Woman Letting Go),” and “Hands of a Working Man.”
Ty Herndon’s journey doesn’t end there, however, as FUNL Music has announced the June 8th release of his newest CD project. Journey On is being heralded as the most personal project of Herndon’s career, due in large part to the fact that the CD represents his first foray into songwriting. “The people who believed in me and my talent made me even more serious about writing this album,” Herndon says, “There was so much I wanted to say to fit where I find myself spiritually and emotionally, and I wanted to sing about that.”
The songs on this project reflect the personal challenges and struggles Herndon has faced and conquered, as well as bring the listener the promise of hope and new beginnings. The title track from the album will serve as the first single and is impacting radio now. Herndon began touring in support of the project in June 2010.