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Kix Brooks

  • Leon Eric "Kix" Brooks III (born on May 12, 1955) is an American country music artist, best known for being one half of the duo Brooks & Dunn
  • Brooks grew up in Shreveport, Louisiana
  • He has one sister, one half-sister, one half-brother and his father adopted one son of his third wife
  • He attended Riverside Elementary for grades K-5
  • After graduating from the former Sewanee Military Academy, an Episcopalian institution in Sewanee, Tennessee, Brooks attended Louisiana Tech University in Ruston, where he was a theatre arts major He moved to Alaska to work for his father on an oil pipeline for one summer and then returned to Louisiana Tech to finish his education
  • He then moved to Maine and wrote advertising for a company owned by his sister and brother-in-law
  • His father urged him to pursue his desire to become a musician, and Kix moved to Nashville in the early 1980s
  • His then girlfriend (now wife Barbara, with whom he has a son and daughter) followed shortly thereafter
  • He began working for Tree Publishing as a staff songwriter
  • He recorded his first solo single, Baby, When Your Heart Breaks Down, for Avion in 1983 but returned to songwriting after its failure
  • He also released an album, Kix Brooks, in 1989 on Capitol Records
  • This album also featured the song "Sacred Ground", which became a #2 country hit for McBride & the Ride in 1992
  • He was one half of country music duo Brooks & Dunn
  • Brooks usually provides backing vocals on their songs and singles
  • The singles featuring Brooks on lead vocals include, "You're Gonna Miss Me When I'm Gone", which went to Number One, Lost and Found, and "Rock My World (Little Country Girl)"
  • He has not sung lead on any of the duo's singles since 1999's "South of Santa Fe"
  • On August 10, 2009, Brooks & Dunn announced to their fans, via their website that they intended to disband after 20 years of touring


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