Born Dec. 17, 1966, in Beaumont, Texas, Tracy Byrd was raised in nearby Vidor, Texas. He studied business at Southwest Texas State then earned a residency with Mark Chesnutt at the local club Cutters. When Chesnutt found national success, Byrd formed his own band and took over the performance slot.
He signed with MCA Nashville in 1992, and after two singles, Byrd flew to No. 1 with "Holdin' Heaven." It became the first of a series of top 10 hits for Byrd, including "Lifestyles of the Not So Rich and Famous," "Watermelon Crawl," and "I'm From the Country." The ballad "Keeper of the Stars" became his signature song.
Byrd shifted to RCA in 1999. By the end of 2002, he scored his second No. 1 hit with the novelty "Ten Rounds With Jose Cuervo." In 2006, he released Different Things on the independent label Blind Mule.