The music industry consists of the companies and individuals that earn money by creating new songs and pieces and selling live concerts and shows and video recordings and sheet music, the organizations and associations that aid and represent music creators. Among the many individuals and organizations that operate in the industry are: the songwriters and composers who create new songs and musical pieces; the industry includes a range of professionals who assist singers and musicians with their music careers. In addition to the businesses and artists who work in the music industry to make a profit or income, there is a range of organizations that play an important role in the music industry, including musician's unions, not-for-profit performance-rights organizations and other associations; the modern Western music industry emerged between the 1930s and 1950s, when records replaced sheet music as the most important product in the music business. In the commercial world, "the recording industry"—a reference to recording performances of songs and pieces and selling the recordings–began to be used as a loose synonym for "the music industry".
In the 2000s, a majority of the music market is controlled by three major corporate labels: the French-owned Universal Music Group, the Japanese-owned Sony Music Entertainment, the US-owned Warner Music Group. Labels outside of these three major labels are referred to as independent labels; the largest portion of the live music market for concerts and tours is controlled by Live Nation, the largest promoter and music venue owner. Live Nation is a former subsidiary of iHeartMedia Inc, the largest owner of radio stations in the United States. In the first decades of the 2000s, the music industry underwent drastic changes with the advent of widespread digital distribution of music via the Internet. A conspicuous indicator of these changes is total music sales: since 2000, sales of recorded music have dropped off while live music has increased in importance. In 2011, the largest recorded music retailer in the world was now a digital, Internet-based platform operated by a computer company: Apple Inc.'s online iTunes Store.
Since 2011, the Music Industry has seen consistent sales growth with streaming now generating more revenue per annum than digital downloads. Spotify and Apple lead the way with online digital streaming. Printed music in Europe: Music publishing using machine-printed sheet music developed during the Renaissance music era in the mid-15th century; the development of music publication followed the evolution of printing technologies that were first developed for printing regular books. After the mid-15th century, mechanical techniques for printing sheet music were first developed; the earliest example, a set of liturgical chants, dates from about 1465, shortly after the Gutenberg Bible was printed. Prior to this time, music had to be copied out by hand. To copy music notation by hand was a costly, labor-intensive and time-consuming process, so it was undertaken only by monks and priests seeking to preserve sacred music for the church; the few collections of secular music that are extant were commissioned and owned by wealthy aristocrats.
Examples include the Squarcialupi Codex of Italian Trecento music and the Chantilly Codex of French Ars subtilior music. The use of printing enabled sheet music to reproduced much more and at a much lower cost than hand-copying music notation; this helped musical styles to spread to other cities and countries more and it enabled music to be spread to more distant areas. Prior to the invention of music printing, a composer's music might only be known in the city she lived in and its surrounding towns, because only wealthy aristocrats would be able to afford to have hand copies made of her music. With music printing, though, a composer's music could be printed and sold at a low cost to purchasers from a wide geographic area; as sheet music of major composer's pieces and songs began to be printed and distributed in a wider area, this enabled composers and listeners to hear new styles and forms of music. A German composer could buy songs written by an Italian or English composer, an Italian composer could buy pieces written by Dutch composers and learn how they wrote music.
This led to more blending of musical styles from different regions. The pioneer of modern music printing was Ottaviano Petrucci, a printer and publisher, able to secure a twenty-year monopoly on printed music in Venice during the 16th century. Venice was one of music centers during this period, his Harmoni
J. C. Watts
Julius Caesar Watts Jr. is an American politician and athlete. Watts was a college football quarterback for the Oklahoma Sooners and played professionally in the Canadian Football League, he served in the U. S. House of Representatives from 1995 to 2003 as a Republican, representing Oklahoma's 4th Congressional District. Watts was raised in Eufaula, Oklahoma, in a rural impoverished neighborhood. After being one of the first children to attend an integrated elementary school, he became a high school quarterback and gained a football scholarship to the University of Oklahoma, he graduated from college in 1981 with a degree in journalism and became a football player in the Canadian Football League until his retirement in 1986. Watts became a Baptist minister and was elected in 1990 to the Oklahoma Corporation Commission as the first African-American in Oklahoma to win statewide office, he ran for Congress in 1994 and was re-elected to three additional terms with increasing vote margins. Watts delivered the Republican response to Bill Clinton's 1997 State of the Union address and was elected Chair of the House Republican Conference in 1998.
He retired in 2003 and turned to lobbying and business work occasionally serving as a political commentator. Watts was born in Eufaula in McIntosh County, Oklahoma to J. C. "Buddy" Watts Helen Watts. His father was a Baptist minister, cattle trader, the first black police officer in Eufaula, a member of the Eufaula City Council, his mother was a homemaker. Watts grew up in a poor rural African-American neighborhood, he was one of two black children who integrated the Jefferson Davis Elementary School in Eufaula and the first black quarterback at Eufaula High School. While in high school, Watts fathered a daughter with a white woman, their families decided against an interracial marriage because of contemporary racial attitudes and Watts' family provided for the child until she could be adopted by Watts' uncle, Wade Watts, a Baptist minister, civil rights leader and head of the Oklahoma division of the NAACP. He graduated from high school in 1976 and attended the University of Oklahoma on a football scholarship.
In 1977, Watts married Frankie Jones, an African-American woman with whom he had fathered a second daughter during high school. Watts began his college football career as the second-string quarterback and left college twice, but his father convinced him to return, Watts became starting quarterback of the Sooners in 1979 and led them to consecutive Orange Bowl victories. Watts graduated from college in 1981 with a Bachelor of Arts in journalism. Watts sought entrance in the National Football League through the New York Jets, but instead entered the Canadian Football League and played for the Ottawa Rough Riders, whom he helped reach the 1981 Grey Cup game, he stayed with the team from 1981 to 1985 and played a season for the Toronto Argonauts before retiring in 1986. Watts returned to Oklahoma and became a youth minister in Del City and was ordained as a Baptist minister in 1993, he is a teetotaler. Watts opened a highway construction company and cited discontent with government regulation of his business as reason to become a candidate for public office.
Watts' family was affiliated with the Democratic Party and his father and uncle Wade Watts were active in the party, but it did not help Watts when he ran for public office and he changed his party affiliation in 1989, months before his first statewide race. Watts stated he had first considered changing parties when he covered the 1980 U. S. Senate campaign of Republican Don Nickles. Watts' father and uncle continued to oppose the Republican party, but supported him. Watts won election to the Oklahoma Corporation Commission in November 1990 for a six-year term as the first African-American elected to statewide office in Oklahoma, he served as a member of the Commission from 1990 to 1995 and as its chairman from 1993 to 1995. Watts ran for Congress in 1994 to succeed Dave McCurdy, who had announced his retirement from the House of Representatives to run for the Senate, he positioned himself as both a fiscal and social conservative, favoring the death penalty, school prayer, a balanced budget amendment and welfare reform, opposing abortion, gay rights, reduced defense spending.
After a hard-fought primary campaign against state representative Ed Apple, Watts won 49 percent to Apple's 48 percent of the vote in August 1994, 52 percent in the resulting run-off election in September 1994 with the support of Representative Jack Kemp and actor and National Rifle Association president Charlton Heston. Watts started his race against the Democratic nominee, David Perryman, a white lawyer from Chickasha, with a wide lead in several early polls and 92 percent name recognition in one poll. Watts hosted former President George H. W. Bush, U. S. Senator Bob Dole, Minority Whip Newt Gingrich and focused on welfare reform and the necessity of capital formation and capital gains, as well as a reduction in the capital gains tax as beneficial for urban blacks; some voters were expected to not vote for Watts because of race, but the editor of a local political newspaper argued Watts' established Christian conservative image and his popularity as a football player would help him win. On November 8, 1994, Watts was elected with 52 percent of the vote as the first African-American Republican U.
S. Representative from south of the Mason–Dixon line since Reconstruction, he and Gary Franks of Connecticut were the only two African-American Republicans in the House. Oklahoma's Fourth District at the time was 90 percent white and had been represented by Democrats since 1922; as Congressman, Watts was assigned to the Armed Services Committee and the Fina
White Plains, New York
White Plains is a city in Westchester County, New York, United States. It is the county seat and commercial hub of Westchester, a suburban county just north of New York City, home to one million people. White Plains is located in south-central Westchester, with its downtown 25 miles north of Midtown Manhattan; as of 2013, the city's total population was estimated to be 57,866, up from 53,077 at the 2010 census. According to the city government, the daytime weekday population is estimated at 250,000; the city was ranked third in the top 10 places to live in New York for 2014, according to national online real estate brokerage Movoto. At the time of the Dutch settlement of Manhattan in the early 17th century, the region had been used as farmland by the Weckquaeskeck tribe, a Wappinger people, was called "Quarropas". To early traders it was known as "the White Plains", either from the groves of white balsam which are said to have covered it, or from the heavy mist that local tradition suggests hovered over the swamplands near the Bronx River.
The first non-native settlement came in November 1683, when a party of Connecticut Puritans moved westward from an earlier settlement in Rye and bought about 4,400 acres from the Weckquaeskeck. However, John Richbell of Mamaroneck claimed to have earlier title to much of the territory through his purchase of a far larger plot extending 20 miles inland from a different tribe; the matter wasn't settled until 1721, when a Royal Patent for White Plains was granted by King George II. In 1758, White Plains became the seat of Westchester County when the colonial government for the county left West Chester, located in what is now the northern part of the borough of the Bronx, in New York City; the unincorporated village remained part of the Town of Rye until 1788 when the town of White Plains was created. On July 9, 1776, a copy of the Declaration of Independence was delivered to the New York Provincial Congress, meeting in the county courthouse; the delegates adopted a resolution approving the Declaration, thus declaring both the colony's independence and the formation of the State of New York.
The Declaration itself was first publicly read from the steps of the courthouse on July 11. During September and October 1776, troops led by George Washington took up positions in the hills of the village, hotly pursued by the British under General Sir William Howe, who attacked on October 28; the Battle of White Plains took place on Chatterton Hill, the Bronx River. Howe's force of 4,000–6,000 British and Hessian soldiers required three attacks before the Continentals, numbering about 1,600 under the command of Generals Alexander McDougall and Israel Putnam, joining Washington's main force, which did not take part in the battle. Howe's forces had suffered 250 casualties, a severe loss, he made no attempt to pursue the Continentals, whose casualties were about 125 dead and wounded. Three days after the battle Washington withdrew north of the village, this was occupied by Howe's forces, but after several inconclusive skirmishes over the next week Howe withdrew on November 5, leaving White Plains to the Continentals.
One of Washington's subordinates, Major John Austin, drunk after having celebrated the enemy's withdrawal, reentered the village with his detachment and proceeded to burn it down. Although he was court-martialed and convicted for this action, he escaped punishment; the first United States Census, conducted in 1790, listed the White Plains population at 505, of whom 46 were slaves. By 1800, the population stood at 575 and in 1830, 830. By 1870, 26 years after the arrival of the New York Central Railroad, it had swollen to 2,630 and by 1890 to 4,508. In the decades that followed the count grew to 7,899 and 26,425. White Plains was incorporated as a village in 1866 and as a city in 1916. Following World War II, White Plains' downtown area developed into what amounted to a "destination" shopping district featuring branch stores of many famous New York-based department and specialty stores; some of these retail locations were the first large-scale suburban stores built in the United States and ushered in the eventual post-war building boom.
Construction of nearby parkways and expressways in the 1940s through the 1970s only enhanced White Plains' role as a retail location. With a city opening ceremony, Macy's launched a grand White Plains store on Main Street across from City Hall in 1949; as the mayor said at the time, this was a significant event in the life of White Plains. Other prestigious stores followed, such as B. Altman & Co. Rogers Peet, Saks Fifth Avenue, Lord & Taylor, Alexander's, a short-lived branch of Bergdorf Goodman, converted to sister chain Neiman Marcus in 1981. White Plains is still a huge retail destination in the area with Bloomingdale's, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom Rack, Macy's, Burlington Coat Factory, over 1000 other small and mid-size stores in four malls. During the late 1960s, the city of White Plains developed an extensive urban renewal plan for residential and mixed-use redevelopment that called for the demolition of its entire central business district from the Bronx River Parkway east to Mamaroneck Avenue.
By 1978, the urban renewal program centered around the construction of the Westchester County Courthouse, the Westchester One office building, the Galleria at White Plains mall, a number of other office towers, retail centers and smaller commercial buildings. At the time of its construction, the West
Fox Sports Radio
The Fox Sports Radio Network, based in Los Angeles, California, is a division of Premiere Networks in partnership with Fox Sports. With studios in New York, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Tulsa and Las Vegas, the Fox Sports Radio Network can be heard on more than 400 stations, as well as FoxSports.com on MSN and iHeartRadio. Clear Channel Communications sold its stake in Sirius XM Radio in the second quarter of fiscal year 2013; as a result, nine of Clear Channel's eleven XM Satellite Radio stations, including Fox Sports Radio, ceased broadcast over XM on October 18, 2013. Fox Sports Radio returned to the Sirius XM radio lineup on January 20, 2017; as the network concentrates on sports news, highlights and opinion at any time of the week, many of its affiliates opt out to air their own local show or provide live coverage of play-by-play games. As a result, several shows. All Times are Eastern Standard Time The Ben Maller Show Outkick The Coverage with Clay Travis The Dan Patrick Show The Rich Eisen Show or The Herd The Doug Gottlieb Show Straight Outta Vegas w/ R.
J. Bell The Odd Couple w/ Chris Broussard and Rob Parker The Jason Smith Show w/ Mike Harmon The Jonas Knox Show The Fellas w/ Anthony Gargano & Lincoln Kennedy The Big Lead w/ Jason McIntyre Fox Sports Saturday w/ various anchors Straight Outta Vegas w/ Bernie Fratto The Jonas Knox Show Fox Sports Sunday w/ various pairs of anchors Fox Sports Radio Update: One-minute recaps of sports news and stats updated every hour, similar to ESPN Radio SportsCenter This is a partial station listings for local affiliates of Fox Sports Radio. Fox Sports Radio
Ryan John Seacrest is an American radio personality, television host, producer. Seacrest is known for hosting the competition show American Idol, the syndicated countdown program American Top 40, iHeartMedia's KIIS-FM morning radio show On Air with Ryan Seacrest. In 2006 Seacrest became executive producer of Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve. Seacrest remained a co-host and executive producer following Clark's death in 2012, he began co-hosting Live with Kelly and Ryan on a permanent basis May 1, 2017. Seacrest received Emmy Award nominations for American Idol from 2004 to 2013, again in 2016, he won an Emmy for producing Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution in 2010 and was nominated again in 2012. In 2018, Seacrest received nominations for Live with Kelly and Ryan in Outstanding Talk Show Entertainment as well as Outstanding Entertainment Talk Show Host. Ryan Seacrest was born on December 24, 1974, in Atlanta, the son of Constance Marie, a homemaker, Gary Lee Seacrest, a real estate lawyer, his mother told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, "Instead of playing with G.
I. Joes or Cowboys and Indians, Ryan would always have a little microphone and do shows in the house."At age 14, he attended Dunwoody High School. At age 16, while still attending high school, Seacrest won an internship at WSTR, in Atlanta, with Tom Sullivan, who trained him in the many aspects of radio; when the regular DJ called in sick, Sullivan put him on the air for the first show of his broadcasting career. Seacrest was given the weekend overnight shift at WSTR. Seacrest continued to work on air at WSTR until graduating from Dunwoody High School in 1992. Seacrest went on to study journalism at the University of Georgia in fall 1992, he continued his radio show at a local Athens station. Seacrest moved to Hollywood to pursue his broadcasting career. In May 2016, Seacrest was awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from the University of Georgia and gave the commencement speech at the graduation ceremony. In 1993, Seacrest hosted the first season of ESPN's Radical Outdoor Challenge.
He hosted three kids' game shows, Gladiators 2000 from 1994 to 1996, Wild Animal Games in 1995, Click in 1997. Seacrest appeared as the host of the fictional game show Lover's Lane on Beverly Hills, 90210 in "The Final Proof". In the fall and winter of 2000, Seacrest was the host of The NBC Saturday Night Movie. During commercial breaks, he offered trivia on the film and a chance to win prizes by answering online on NBCi. In 2001, he hosted a reality television program, Ultimate Revenge, where elaborate practical jokes were played on family and friends instigated by their own relatives and friends, it was shown on TNN from 2001 to 2003. In 2002, Seacrest accepted the position as co-host of a new Fox reality television series American Idol with comedian Brian Dunkleman; the following year, he became the sole host. When the show increased in popularity, seen by some 26 million viewers weekly, Seacrest became recognizable around the world. In 2003, Seacrest hosted American Juniors. In July 2009, Seacrest inked a deal with CKX for $45 million to continue to host American Idol, making him the highest paid reality television host at that time.
In April 2012, he signed a two-year, $30 million deal to stay on as host of American Idol. In May 2014, Deadline Hollywood reported that Seacrest had signed a one-year deal with the option of another year, he remained host of the series until the end of its run in April 2016. The following May, it was announced that ABC had won a multi-network bidding war for the rights to the show. On July 20, 2017, Seacrest announced on Live with Kelly & Ryan that he would be the host of an Idol reboot, his initial multi-year deal was reported to be worth over $10 million. In August 2005, it was announced that Seacrest would become executive producer and co-host of ABC's Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve. On December 31, 2005, Seacrest performed much of the show's hosting duties. Dick Clark's role was limited by mobility issues due to his recovery from a stroke. Seacrest occasionally served as a substitute host on the CNN television program Larry King Live, co-emceed Larry King's final show with Bill Maher on December 16, 2010.
In 2009, ABC renamed the program Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve With Ryan Seacrest, to reflect Seacrest's role. The 40th Dick Clark’s New Year's Rockin’ Eve, co-hosted by Ryan Seacrest, delivered ABC's biggest New Years' numbers in twelve years, with 22.6 million viewers. When Dick Clark died, Seacrest publicly remembered his mentor's impact on his life in a special tribute in The Hollywood Reporter. After Clark's death, Seacrest hosted the 2013 edition of Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with co-hosts Jenny McCarthy and Fergie paying tribute to Dick Clark in the pre-show. In October 2013, Seacrest signed a multi-year contract extension with Dick Clark Productions to continue as host and executive producer of Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve. In 2017, Seacrest hosted Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve for the 13th consecutive year alongside Jenny McCarthy, who had co-hosted for eight years. In January 2006, US cable channel E! announced a three-year, $21 million deal for Seacrest to host various programs, including E!
News and its red carpet awards show coverages. In April 2012, Seacrest signed a deal with NBCUniversal expanding his on-air role beyond E! to NBC. He contributed to the Today Show, Olympics coverage, entertainment programming, as well as news and other special events. Seacrest will remain managing editor of E! News and host and produce its red carpet awards show coverage. In September 2012, Se
Open House Party
Open House Party is an American radio show hosted on Saturday and Sunday nights by Kannon. The show promotes itself as "the Biggest Party on the Planet", it focuses on playing contemporary hit radio music known as Top 40. OHP became popular with its all-request format, along with a heavy rotation of dance music and remixes that differentiated itself from most Top 40 stations or shows; the show started in 1987, was hosted by John Garabedian from September 1987 to January 2017. Garabedian created the show, hosted both Saturday and Sunday night for a long period of time. At the height of the show's success, around the year 2000, Open House Party was heard on over 175 stations and became the world's most-listened-to radio program. Today, it is broadcast on nearly 50 stations. Open House Party is voiced by Doug MacAskill. MacAskill has been the voice-over for OHP since 2006. Before this, Mike McKay was the voice-over artist from about 2001 to 2006. For a short period of time in the 90s, it was voiced by the legendary JJ McKay.
The original OHP voice-over artist was Mark Driscoll. Many of Driscoll's and McKay's old pieces are still heard today on the show; the show airs on most affiliates from 7 PM to Midnight local time on Saturday nights and Sunday nights. The Saturday and Sunday night shows are distinct. Many stations rebroadcast OHP from midnight to 5:00 a.m. or 11:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m.. Open House Party is owned by United Stations Radio Networks. In 1955, the original Open House Party was created as the afternoon show on radio station WORC in Worcester, Massachusetts. Garabedian would co-host the show, throughout his career at WORC, he worked many different positions including one of the key people to bring up ratings and create major success for the station; the show didn't go into syndication until 1987. A few years then 17-year-old John Garabedian was hired to DJ on Saturdays and Sundays. One night in 1987, Garabedian went to a party in Boston. There he bumped into Sunny Joe White, legendary radio programmer of Boston's WXKS-FM "Kiss 108".
White asked Garabedian. The following week, the two of them met to discuss it at dinner, where Garabedian proposed the idea for a national interactive weekend party show. White loved it, agreed to put it on Kiss 108 after Garabedian created a studio to do the show. After looking into various office buildings, Garabedian decided to do the show from his basement, he and his friends strapped a 50-foot pole to his chimney to hold up a little microwave antenna aimed at the Prudential Tower, 27 miles to the east, in downtown Boston. On September 5, 1987 at 7 p.m. Open House Party hit the air for the first time on Kiss 108. Within six months it became the most-listened-to radio program in Boston on Saturday night, as well as the most listened to radio program every week in the Boston radio market with a 14.8 share. By the following April, stations across the country had heard about Open House Party's success and were signing on; the 50-foot pole was replaced by a satellite dish. By 1990 over 100 stations were carrying Open House Party in the United States and another 40 in Canada.
In the 1990s, the Sunday night show underwent a name change to Sunday Night Street Jams, a rhythmic oriented show that only lasted a few years until Garabedian decided to put Open House Party back on on Sundays. Sunday Night Street Jams was hosted by Paco Lopez, distributed by Superadio Networks. Garabedian continued to DJ on both Saturday and Sunday until March 2004, when WFLZ-FM afternoon DJ Kane took over the Sunday night show from his house in Tampa. Kane moved to Washington, D. C. and is now the morning host on WIHT. Kane now has his own syndicated program titled "Club Kane". In December 2007, the former morning personality on Dallas 103.7 KVIL became the new host of OHP Sunday, broadcasts the show from his house in Dallas. On April 16, 2016, Garabedian announced live on the air that he has a book titled "The Harmony of Parts", released on October 3, 2016; the book spans his whole life, from his childhood to creating 4 stations on Cape Cod in 2014. Along with an inspirational message that talks about life and being your dream.
In May 2016, it was confirmed that Open House Party would have its own documentary, titled Super Radio FM: The Story of Open House Party. A former Open House Party employee and long time fan, Darren Rockwell is in charge of the project and says the movie should be out in 2017, which would mark the 30th Anniversary of Open House Party; the title of the movie is a play on words that hints to Open House Party's original syndicator and creator, SupeRadio, a company founded by Garabedian in 1988 to distribute and produce Open House Party. Since Open House Party has moved to Westwood One Garabedian attempted to move the show to Premiere Networks, is now owned by United Stations Radio Networks as of 2012. On October 25, 2016, it was released in a media article that John Garabedian would not return as the host of Open House Party in 2017. Having hosted the original show since 1987, Garabedian sold the show to United Stations in 2012 and wanted to do something new. Garabedian said in a press release, "When I sold'Open House Party' to United Stations four years ago, they required me to host for four more years.
That expires at midnight this New Year's Eve. Though they were surprised I declined to renew, I explained that I had one major life achievement I had yet to accomplish and needed space to do it.” On December 17, 2016, John announced at the closing of the show, that United
Leon Eric Brooks, III, known as Kix Brooks, is an American country music artist and film producer best known for being one half of the duo Brooks & Dunn and host of radio's American Country Countdown. Prior to the duo's foundation, he was a singer and songwriter, charting twice on Hot Country Songs and releasing an album for Capitol Records. Brooks and Ronnie Dunn comprised Brooks & Dunn for twenty years, with both members beginning solo careers. Brooks's solo career after Brooks & Dunn has included the album New to This Town. In 2019, Brooks was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. Brooks grew up in Louisiana, he has a sister, a half-sister, a half-brother. After graduating from the former Sewanee Military Academy, an Episcopal school in Sewanee, 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 returned to Louisiana Tech to finish his education. He 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, Kix moved to Nashville, Tennessee in the early 1980s. His then-girlfriend followed shortly thereafter, he began working for Tree Publishing as a staff songwriter. He recorded his first solo single, When Your Heart Breaks Down, for Avion in 1983 but returned to songwriting after it failed to chart. Brooks and Dan Tyler co-wrote Modern Day Romance, released by The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band in June 1985. Brooks released Kix Brooks, in 1989 on Capitol Records; this album featured the song "Sacred Ground", which became a No. 2 country hit for McBride & the Ride in 1992. He was one half of country music duo Brooks & Dunn, whose 1991 debut album, Brand New Man, generated four number-one hit singles on the country charts. Brooks provided 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 No. 1, "Lost and Found," "Rock My World," "Mama Don't Get Dressed Up for Nothing," "South of Santa Fe" and "Why Would I Say Goodbye."
On August 10, 2009, Brooks & Dunn announced to their fans, via their website that they intended to disband after twenty years of touring. According to the short statement released on their web site, Brooks & Dunn intended to release a greatest hits album, tour during the rest of 2009, have a farewell tour in 2010. Brooks resumed his solo career in 2012, releasing a new 12-track album on September 11, 2012. New to This Town features nine songs co-written by Brooks, including the album's first single, the title track, he followed up his second album with the soundtrack to the western film Ambush at Dark Canyon in 2014. Brooks composed the majority of the musical score as well as starring in the film. On December 3, 2014, it was announced that Brooks & Dunn will reunite along with Reba McEntire to perform a series of concerts in Las Vegas, throughout the summer and fall of 2015. Brooks and Dunn have won more Country Music Association awards and Academy of Country Music awards than any act in the history of country music.
They have won the Country Music Association Vocal Duo of the Year award every year since they debuted in 1991 except in 2000 when the honor went to Montgomery Gentry, in 2007 and 2009 when it was awarded to Sugarland. They have sold over 30 million records and continue to be one of the most successful touring acts on the concert circuit. In 2005, along with timber industrialist Roy O. Martin Jr. the civil rights pioneer Andrew Young, the Louisiana State University sports legends Paul Dietzel and Sue Gunter were among those named a "Louisiana Legend" by Louisiana Public Broadcasting. On July 13, 2013, during his performance at Paragon Casino, Louisiana, Kix Brooks was inducted into The Louisiana Music Hall of Fame. Since January 2006, Brooks has hosted American Country Countdown, a syndicated radio countdown show based on Mediabase, country charts. Brooks succeeded Bob Kingsley. Brooks is co-owner of Arrington Vineyards with winemaker Kip Summers, businessmen John Russell. Arrington Vineyard is a winery located outside of Nashville.
In 2013 Kix launched the film company Team Two Entertainment along with Eric Brooks. The company makes independent films that Kix produces and appears as an actor in. In 2015, Brooks signed a deal with Cooking Channel to host Steak Out with Kix Brooks, in which he travels around America in search of the best steakhouses