Since it began in 1984 in Nashville, Tenn., the group has been comprised of the same six members: Gene Johnson (mandolin, guitar, fiddle, tenor vocals), Jimmy Olander (lead guitar, Dobro, Danelectro, banjo), Brian Prout (drums), Marty Roe (lead vocals), Dan Truman (keyboards, organ, synthesizer) and Dana Williams (bass guitar, baritone vocals).
Diamond Rio has released seven studio albums, two greatest hits collections and “A Diamond Rio Christmas: The Star Still Shines,” a 2007 holiday album. The band has earned three platinum albums and won the Country Music Association’s Vocal Group of the Year award four times, as well as netting two Academy of Country Music Awards in the top Vocal Group of the Year category. When it debuted in 1991 with the hit “Meet in the Middle,” Diamond Rio became the first group in the history of country music to have a debut single reach No. 1. The group continued to place 32 more singles on the Billboard chart, including “How Your Love Makes Me Feel,” “Norma Jean Riley,” “Beautiful Mess” and “Love a Little Stronger.”
“The fact that we have recorded songs with positive messages is not by accident. We chose to do that,” Johnson said. “We’ve had songs that touched people beyond their ears, and got down into their hearts. When we did ‘Mama Don’t Forget To Pray For Me,’ we were getting letters from people talking about that song and how it touched them. I remember one specifically from a young girl who had run away from home. She called her mom and dad after hearing ‘Mama Don’t Forget To Pray For Me.’ After months of being gone, that song caused her to call home. That was a powerful thing. It makes you really stop and think. Songs touch people. Sometimes they can influence people’s lives more than we realize.”
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