Kix began performing at age 12, then continued in clubs and at other venues throughout high school. He also began writing songs. Eventually he landed in Nashville, where he joined Tree Publishing Company. Shortly thereafter, artists including the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, John Conlee and Highway 101 all scored No. 1s with Kix's songs.
In 1990 Kix teamed with Ronnie Dunn to form Brooks & Dunn, who are the highest selling duo in the history of country music. They have sold more than 30 million records, won more than 75 major industry awards, had 23 No. 1 hits, and set a new record with their 41st top 10 single, breaking a tie with Alabama as the duo or group with the most Top 10 country singles in the history of Nielsen BDS-monitored airplay.
Never one to let the grass grow under his feet, Kix ventured into the world of radio in 2006 when he took over the hosting reins of the long-running syndicated radio program, American Country Countdown. “I really enjoy what I do for a living," says Kix on the decision to host ACC. "I love this business. I love the characters and personalities in this business. At the end of the day, it’s all about sharing those stories.” The broadcast industry took note, and in 2009, honored him with the National Broadcasting Personality of the Year award, making Kix the first person to ever win a CMA in both the artist and broadcast categories.
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