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Country Group; Hit songs include "Amazed" and "I'm Already There"

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A twenty year anniversary is cause for celebration, and Lonestar is marking this career milestone in more ways than one. Reunited with original lead singer Richie McDonald, the multi-platinum country music quartet is working hard on a brand new album and embarking on an extensive anniversary tour, with over 90 dates scheduled in North America alone.

"Twenty years ago, when we put this little band together to play in some bars and make a little money, I dreamed it pretty good," admits keyboard player and songwriter Dean Sams. "But I never dreamed it quite this good."

Known for merging their country roots with strong melodies and rich vocals, Lonestar has amassed RIAA-certified sales in excess of ten million album units since their national launch in 1995 and achieved ten #1 country hits including "No News," "Come Crying To Me," and their crossover smash "Amazed" (which was also #1 on the Billboard Hot 100, the first record since 1983's "Islands in the Stream" to top both charts). The band's awards include a 1999 ACM Single of The Year for “Amazed” (the song also won the Song of the Year award) and the 2001 CMA Vocal Group of the Year.

But it isn't hit records and trophies that have kept Lonestar going strong. On the contrary, says lead singer Richie McDonald. "Honestly, through it all, the one thing that has kept Lonestar around is that we're just four good old boys from Texas." All four members originally hail from blue collar households, and place a premium on the value of hard work. "No matter how much success we've had, it didn't change us as people."

Originally formed in Nashville in 1992, Lonestar played over 500 shows before landing a recording contract. "We traveled for two and a half, maybe three years, just playing in bars," Britt recalls. "We were starting from zero back then." But all those gigs paid off. By the time they released their self-titled debut album in 1995, they already had an enthusiastic fan base. Their first single, "Tequila Talkin'," went Top Ten on the country charts. It's follow-up did even better: "No News" would be the first of many #1 singles for Lonestar.

Lonestar continued to ascend in the years that followed. Their third album, 1999's Lonely Grill, was certified multi-platinum in both the United States and Canada. In addition to "Amazed," which was #1 with country audiences for eight weeks in a row, Lonely Grill yielded three more #1 country hits: "Smile," "Tell Her," and "What About Now." The 2001 release I'm Already There topped the country album charts, as did the band's 2003 retrospective From There To Here: The Greatest Hits, which produced yet another #1 single, "My Front Porch Looking In."

For all their record and ticket sales, the biggest accomplishment of the band's storied career has been witnessing the impact of Lonestar songs in the lives of others. "Music is a very powerful tool and can help people going through both good and bad times," observes McDonald. Nowhere has this been more evident than in the group's performances for U.S. armed forces stationed overseas in Iraq and Kuwait, where classics like "I'm Already There" have elicited powerful emotional displays from men and women who've put their lives on the line defending America.

"When you can truly say that what you do can make a difference, that it really can impact somebody's life in a positive way, that's the greatest thing," admits Sams.

That timeless appeal transcends nationality, too. A recent string of European dates with Reba McEntire, Ricky Skaggs, and Little Big Town found Lonestar thrilling audiences in England, Ireland, Switzerland, and Germany. In a four-star review of their performance at Wembley Arena, UK daily The Guardian noted that Lonestar "got an even bigger welcome than McEntire," and praised how "they reminded us of country’s greatest strength: picture-painting, story-based, tear-your-heart-out lyrics that are the most direct and lucid in popular music."

Lonestar is currently hard at work making a new, self-produced album. "It's kind of a no-brainer for us to come along at this stage in our careers and say, 'Yes, we can produce our own music.' After all, nobody knows what Lonestar should sound like better than Lonestar," says drummer Keech Rainwater. "I'm proud that as a band, collectively, we're smart enough to know what we need to do and how to get it done."

The new material sounds as thrilling as any of the band's classics. "The songs we've already recorded, I'm more proud of those than anything we've recorded in our careers," says guitarist Michael Britt. "And not just because they're new. I feel like we're as good or better now than we've ever been."

The as-yet-untitled full-length is the follow-up to 2010's Party Heard Around the World, which was recorded with singer Cody Collins, who stepped in after McDonald left to pursue a solo career in 2007. Parting ways with an original member—even temporarily—could've spelled the end for many bands, but not Lonestar. "We've been very fortunate that a lot of our fans have stuck with us through the good and the bad," says Sams. "You know who your true friends are by who stands by you during the low times, and we found out we have a lot of friends."

With McDonald now back in the fold, Lonestar is starting its third decade of making music together with a bang. The best may be yet to come. "I'm so excited to think about the songs that are going to come out of the next chapter of Lonestar," concludes Rainwater. "And I'm looking forward to another twenty years of great music."

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    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Lonestar for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Lonestar for your next private or corporate function.
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A twenty year anniversary is cause for celebration, and Lonestar is marking this career milestone in more ways than one. Reunited with original lead singer Richie McDonald, the multi-platinum country music quartet is working hard on a brand new album and embarking on an extensive anniversary tour, with over 90 dates scheduled in North America alone.

"Twenty years ago, when we put this little band together to play in some bars and make a little money, I dreamed it pretty good," admits keyboard player and songwriter Dean Sams. "But I never dreamed it quite this good."

Known for merging their country roots with strong melodies and rich vocals, Lonestar has amassed RIAA-certified sales in excess of ten million album units since their national launch in 1995 and achieved ten #1 country hits including "No News," "Come Crying To Me," and their crossover smash "Amazed" (which was also #1 on the Billboard Hot 100, the first record since 1983's "Islands in the Stream" to top both charts). The band's awards include a 1999 ACM Single of The Year for “Amazed” (the song also won the Song of the Year award) and the 2001 CMA Vocal Group of the Year.

But it isn't hit records and trophies that have kept Lonestar going strong. On the contrary, says lead singer Richie McDonald. "Honestly, through it all, the one thing that has kept Lonestar around is that we're just four good old boys from Texas." All four members originally hail from blue collar households, and place a premium on the value of hard work. "No matter how much success we've had, it didn't change us as people."

Originally formed in Nashville in 1992, Lonestar played over 500 shows before landing a recording contract. "We traveled for two and a half, maybe three years, just playing in bars," Britt recalls. "We were starting from zero back then." But all those gigs paid off. By the time they released their self-titled debut album in 1995, they already had an enthusiastic fan base. Their first single, "Tequila Talkin'," went Top Ten on the country charts. It's follow-up did even better: "No News" would be the first of many #1 singles for Lonestar.

Lonestar continued to ascend in the years that followed. Their third album, 1999's Lonely Grill, was certified multi-platinum in both the United States and Canada. In addition to "Amazed," which was #1 with country audiences for eight weeks in a row, Lonely Grill yielded three more #1 country hits: "Smile," "Tell Her," and "What About Now." The 2001 release I'm Already There topped the country album charts, as did the band's 2003 retrospective From There To Here: The Greatest Hits, which produced yet another #1 single, "My Front Porch Looking In."

For all their record and ticket sales, the biggest accomplishment of the band's storied career has been witnessing the impact of Lonestar songs in the lives of others. "Music is a very powerful tool and can help people going through both good and bad times," observes McDonald. Nowhere has this been more evident than in the group's performances for U.S. armed forces stationed overseas in Iraq and Kuwait, where classics like "I'm Already There" have elicited powerful emotional displays from men and women who've put their lives on the line defending America.

"When you can truly say that what you do can make a difference, that it really can impact somebody's life in a positive way, that's the greatest thing," admits Sams.

That timeless appeal transcends nationality, too. A recent string of European dates with Reba McEntire, Ricky Skaggs, and Little Big Town found Lonestar thrilling audiences in England, Ireland, Switzerland, and Germany. In a four-star review of their performance at Wembley Arena, UK daily The Guardian noted that Lonestar "got an even bigger welcome than McEntire," and praised how "they reminded us of country’s greatest strength: picture-painting, story-based, tear-your-heart-out lyrics that are the most direct and lucid in popular music."

Lonestar is currently hard at work making a new, self-produced album. "It's kind of a no-brainer for us to come along at this stage in our careers and say, 'Yes, we can produce our own music.' After all, nobody knows what Lonestar should sound like better than Lonestar," says drummer Keech Rainwater. "I'm proud that as a band, collectively, we're smart enough to know what we need to do and how to get it done."

The new material sounds as thrilling as any of the band's classics. "The songs we've already recorded, I'm more proud of those than anything we've recorded in our careers," says guitarist Michael Britt. "And not just because they're new. I feel like we're as good or better now than we've ever been."

The as-yet-untitled full-length is the follow-up to 2010's Party Heard Around the World, which was recorded with singer Cody Collins, who stepped in after McDonald left to pursue a solo career in 2007. Parting ways with an original member—even temporarily—could've spelled the end for many bands, but not Lonestar. "We've been very fortunate that a lot of our fans have stuck with us through the good and the bad," says Sams. "You know who your true friends are by who stands by you during the low times, and we found out we have a lot of friends."

With McDonald now back in the fold, Lonestar is starting its third decade of making music together with a bang. The best may be yet to come. "I'm so excited to think about the songs that are going to come out of the next chapter of Lonestar," concludes Rainwater. "And I'm looking forward to another twenty years of great music."

Lonestar Videos

  • Lonestar - Amazed - YouTube
    Mar 5, 2011 ... Lonestar's official music video for 'Amazed'. Click to listen to Lonestar on Spotify: http://smarturl.it/LSpot?IQid=LA As featured on...
  • Lonestar - You Walked In - YouTube
    Oct 25, 2009 ... Music video by Lonestar performing You Walked In. (C) 1997 BMG Music.
  • CMA Awards: Interview with Lonestar

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  • How to book Lonestar?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Lonestar for both live and virtual events for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment. Fill out a booking request form for Lonestar, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Lonestar or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Lonestar?

    Booking fees for Lonestar, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies between live and virtual events. Other factors that can affect speaker fees include the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The live and virtual event speaking fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Lonestar, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Lonestar?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Lonestar for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Lonestar for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Lonestar or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Lonestar or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Lonestar is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Lonestar for your event is $30,000 - $50,000. Lonestar generally travels from and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Sara Evans, Don Felder, Smash Mouth, Rick Springfield and RaeLynn. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Lonestar for an upcoming live or virtual event.

Lonestar Speaker Videos

  • Lonestar - Amazed - YouTube
    Mar 5, 2011 ... Lonestar's official music video for 'Amazed'. Click to listen to Lonestar on Spotify: http://smarturl.it/LSpot?IQid=LA As featured on Lonely Grill.
    Lonestar - You Walked In - YouTube
    Oct 25, 2009 ... Music video by Lonestar performing You Walked In. (C) 1997 BMG Music.
  • CMA Awards: Interview with Lonestar

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