Country music star Ricky Van Shelton was born January 12, 1952, in Danville, Virginia, as noted by the biography for the singer on CMT Artists. Van Shelton grew up in a town called Grit and gained his love of singing through the local church. He performed at community gatherings and local nightclubs until he moved to Nashville, Tennessee in 1984.
Van Shelton's move to Nashville led to the beginning of his career as a professional singer. His nightclub performances garnered the attention of a local newspaper columnist with music connections that helped him sign a deal with CBS.
"Wild-Eyed Dream," Van Shelton's debut album, was released in 1987. Singles "Crime of Passion" and "Somebody Lied" both reached number one on the country music charts, as did the album.