|Clay Walker's been entertaining for as long as he can remember. He grew up in Beaumont, Texas in a musical family, and began playing guitar at age 9. By the time he was a teen, he was already playing honky tonks. At age 16, he got his first taste of radio airplay when he took a tape of a song he had written by the local radio station, KATD. "I had just gotten my driver's license, and I drove to the station at 2 a.m. and handed the D.J. my tape. Unfortunately, it wasn't formatted to fit their equipment. I was heart broken, but what I didn't realize is that they were just trying to blow me off!" he laughs. But Walker didn't give up, coming back a week later with the tape properly formatted, "They took it, but they told me they might never play it, and I was crushed. But as I was driving away, they played it. I couldn't believe it! I had to pull my truck over. I have to say, at that point, there was no doubt what I was going to do with my life." Walker kept at it, building a following in bars in Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and New Mexico. He signed to Giant in 1993, and released his debut album that year. Since then he's sold over six million albums and scored numerous hits including nine #1 singles. Still, he says he's most proud of his accomplishments closer to home--his wife Lori and their two daughters, McClay and Skylor.