Lonestar is a top country music group comprised of Cody Collins, Michael Britt, Keech Rainwater, Dean Adams and Kevin Von Der Hofen. The band formed in 1992 under the stage name Texassee because its five members hailed from Texas but met in Nashville, Tennessee. But shortly after its formation, the band changed its name to Lonestar and made its initial performance in Nashville in 1993 and signed in to BNA Records 2 years later.
In 1995, Lonestar made its Billboard country chart debut with its Top 10 hit single “Tequila Talkin’.” In the years following that hit song, the band was able to tuck under its belt twenty-seven singles on the country charts, of which, nine garnered the number one spot. Their biggest crossover hit, “Amazed” topped both the country charts and the Billboard Hot 100—earning the distinction of being the first single to achieve the Number One record since the 1983 hit song “Islands in the Stream” by Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers.
Lonestar had also cut 8 studio albums and a Greatest Hits compilation, of which three have been certified gold and another three have been certified platinum. Moreover, the band has garnered 5 Grammy nominations and multiple awards from the American Music Awards and Country Music Association.
Aside from these musical awards, Lonestar was honored as the Country Radio Broadcasters’ Artist Humanitarian of the Year for its charitable endeavors that benefited the American Red Cross. Members of the band have become the first performers to be named into the National Celebrity Cabinet and, following the 9/11 terror attack, were the ambassadors at the respite center at ground zero. In 2003, the band performed at Crested Butte in Colorado for the weeklong Annual Country in the Rockies event. Participating in the Celebrity Happy Hour, the band was able to raise more than $50,000 for the Frances Williams Preston Laboratories at the Nashville-based Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center. Through its music and valuable time spent for benefit concerts and performances, Lonestar was able to reach out and help the less fortunate among the American citizenry.
Moreover, the band’s hit song, “I’m Already There,” which stayed in the charts for 6 weeks has become an inspirational song for American servicemen deployed all over the world, and helped them and their families cope with the difficulties of being torn apart from loved ones during the nation’s most trying hours. The band’s fan club, which received thousands of emails from American troops scattered all over the world caught media attention and gave Lonestar the chance to tell the story that inspired the composition of its hit song.