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Uncle Kracker

Matthew Shafer (born June 6, 1974), better known by his stage name Uncle Kracker, is an American musician, singer, lyricist, rapper and guitarist. He was influenced by fellow musician Kid Rock.

Shafer was born in Mount Clemens, Michigan on June 6, 1974. With his brother Mike Shafer, he visited a nightclub in Clawson, Michigan where a turntables competition was occurring. His older brother was competing against a then-unknown musician, Kid Rock. Shafer soon became best buds with Kid Rock. In those times, he was mainly rapping and a singer. He went to L'Anse Creuse High School. In 1994, Kid Rock asked Shafer to play turntables for his band called Twisted Brown Trucker. Shafer knew nothing of using turntables, but since his brother was an experienced DJ, he agreed. He only performed at live shows at the time, until he began recording for Rock's album, Early Mornin' Stoned Pimp; Shafer was a featured vocalist on some of the tracks. He then began working on a solo album, but he continued being the DJ for Kid Rock. Upon the release of Rock's multi-platinum album, The History Of Rock, Shafer decided that it was time to release his first solo album, Double Wide in 2000.

In 2007, Shafer was arrested for a second-degree sex offense charge and released on $75,000 bond. Shafer pleaded guilty to a lesser charge and was sentenced to a year of probation.

Shafer has been married to his childhood sweetheart, Melanie Haas, since 1998. They have three daughters.

Known to friends and family as Matt Shafer, Uncle Kracker was first known as the man behind the turntables in Kid Rock's Twisted Brown Trucker band
When Kid Rock released his debut album in 1991, he invited Kracker to join his band as the DJ
Kracker's debut album Double Wide was recorded at the back of the tour bus during Kid Rock's cross-country treks with Limp Bizkit and Metallica
He has a fondness for the Commodores, Run-D.M.C., Lynyrd Skynyrd, and George Jones
Kracker renewed his hit-making credentials by co-writing Kid Rock's popular single "All Summer Long"

 

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