Writing and singing songs for 25 years and married for 20: Aaron Tippin, according to his website.

Aaron Tippin grew up in Traveler's Rest, S.C. He moved to Nashville at 25 and was writing songs and trying to sign a record deal for himself. Mary Martin from RCA heard him singing one of his demos and wanted to hear more from the "muscle guy."

His first single, released in 1991, "You've Got to Stand for Something," peaked at No. 6. He received a call from Linda, Bob Hope's daughter. She asked if he would like to entertain the troops overseas. Needless to say, he was excited to join in.

His hits continued with "Ain't Nothin' Wrong with the Radio" and "Workin' Man PhD."

Tippin signed with a new label after his 1995 hit "That's as Close As I'll Get to Lovin' You." He topped the charts with "Where the Stars and Stripes and the Eagle Fly" after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

Tippin recorded a trucking CD in 2009, In Overdrive. For his 25th anniversary, his CD Aaron Tippin 25 includes 10 well-known songs, 10 new songs and five you may not expect -- bluegrass, big band and rock.

Tippin met his wife, Thea, just months after signing his first record deal and they have been together ever since, now celebrating 20 years. They have three children and one grandchild.

He continues to tour.

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