Aaron Tippin (born July 3, 1958) is an American country
music singer-songwriter and record producer.
Born in Pensacola, Florida, but raised in Travelers Rest, South Carolina,
Tippin performed in local honky-tonks in the 1970s. He competed on TNN's
"You Can Be A Star" talent contest in 1986, landed a song publishing
contract and moved to Nashville in 1987 . During this time he wrote songs
for The Kingsmen, David Ball, The Midsouth Boys, Mark Collie, and Charlie
Pride. He would spend his nights working at Logan Aluminum in Logan County,
Kentucky and spend his days driving 60 miles to Nashville to write songs.
Tippin performed his first Nashville nightclub show in 1990, and it earned
him a contract with RCA records. His first single, "You've Got to Stand for
Something", cracked the top 10 in 1991 and allowed him to go to the Persian
Gulf with Bob Hope, to entertain the troops. Then, in 1992, Aaron's single
"There Ain't Nothin' Wrong With the Radio" stayed at No. 1 for three weeks.
In 1995, Tippin married Thea Corontzos, and he, Thea, and his manager, Billy
Craven, created Tippin's company, Tip Top Entertainment. Tippin also opened
two hunting supply stores called Aaron Tippin Firearms. One is located close
to where he lives in Smithville, Tennessee, and the other run by his father
in Oak City, North Carolina.
In 1998, Tippin moved to Hollywood Records, where he recorded one album and
landed a Top 10 hit with "For You I Will". By 2000, he had switched to Lyric
Street Records and charted a No. 1 hit with "Kiss This", co-written with his
wife Thea in 2000 . In the wake of 9/11, his patriotic anthem, "Where the
Stars and Stripes and Eagle Fly", peaked at No. 2. Both songs crossed over
onto the Hot 100 charts; in fact, "Stars And Stripes" was his biggest
In 2006, Tippin formed his own record label -- Nippit Records, a joint
partnership with Rust Nashville.
He appeared on an episode of the game show "Identity" in 2006 as the country