It’s been 25 years since country crooner Clay Walker first topped the charts with “What’s it to You” and “Live Until I Die.”
The star has sold millions of records with four platinum and logged a lot of miles while touring the world.
He brings that tour to West Texas with an 8 p.m. April 12 concert at the Wagner Noel Performing Arts Center.
Walker first topped the Billboard country singles chart in 1993 with “What’s It to You” and followed with his second consecutive No. 1 hit, “Live Until I Die.” Since then he’s placed 31 titles on Billboard’s singles chart including such additional chart-toppers as “Dreaming with my Eyes Open,” “If I Could Make Living,” “This Woman and This Man,” and “Rumor Has It.” (The latter two songs each spent two weeks at the summit.)
He’s also enjoyed his share of success at the cash registers and has consistently been one of the busiest artists on the road. He’s scored four platinum-selling albums, signifying sales of a million units, and two gold albums, discs that sold more than 500,0000 units.
After more than a decade in the national spotlight, Clay Walker, via his website, said he believes the best is yet to come. “I trust my gut more than ever now,” he says. “I definitely don’t feel like a rookie, but at the same time, I think the best years of my recording career are ahead of me. I believe if the good Lord wants it, who’s going to stop it?”
Walker is also an advocate for multiple sclerosis patients – and is one himself.
He told everydayhealth.com recently that he continues to manage his disease 20 years after he was first diagnosed.
He said managing his symptoms of multiple sclerosis is a family affair.
Walker, an award-winning singer with hits like “Rumor Has It” and “Fall,” was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1996. But with encouragement – and even a little nagging – from his wife and caregiver, Jessica, he manages to stay on top of the debilitating neurological condition.
“Having a person beside you is very valuable psychologically,” Walker, 47, told everydayhealth.com. “I don’t feel that I would be doing as well, had I not had the love, care, support and patience from someone like Jess.”
Caregivers play an important role in helping patients manage multiple sclerosis, an autoimmune disease that damages the fatty myelin sheaths surrounding the axons – or fibers – of brain and spinal cord cells.
- What: Clay Walker in concert.
- When: 8 p.m. April 12.
- Where: Wagner Noel Performing Arts Center.
- Tickets: Are $34 to $59 and available at wagnernoel.com