Mention the name John Berry to just about any country music lover, and the response will likely be, "What an awesome vocalist!" He is noted for the intense passion he brings to his hits "Your Love Amazes Me" and "Standing on the Edge of Goodbye." Berry's wide-ranging tenor voice remains an instrument of stupendous power.
Berry is no stranger to great songs, nor is he a novice in the recording studio. Born in South Carolina and raised in Georgia, he began playing guitar at 13, performing shows at age 14 and making records at age 19.
Between 1979 and 1990, he recorded and marketed six albums on his own labels. Those early discs and Berry's strong regional popularity attracted attention on Music Row. Capitol Records signed him in 1992. Berry's co-written "A Mind of Her Own" and "Kiss Me in the Car" introduced him to radio audiences in 1993. Then "Your Love Amazes Me," "What's in It for Me" and "You and Only You" thrust him to stardom in 1994. "Standing on the Edge of Goodbye," "I Think About it All the Time" and "If I Had Any Pride Left at All" were all major hits the following year. Berry took "Change My Mind" into the country music's Top 10 in 1996. "She's Taken a Shine" became an even bigger hit, a No. 1, in 1997.
But it was his stunning performance of the title track of the 1995 CD O Holy Night that led to his most enduring legacy. Berry began doing a Christmas tour that year, a holiday tradition that he continues today. He has also issued three more Christmas-music collections.
In 2003, Berry recorded I Give My Heart which included the wedding anthem "Will You Marry Me." The disc also features his versions of the classic love songs "Time in a Bottle," "If," "Love Look What You've Done to Me," "Faithfully," "Lady" and "Let's Stay Together."
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