Eric Church Starts Feud With Country Stars, Apologizes

By: Amanda Crum - May 1, 2012

Country singer Eric Church is apparently not a fan of singing competitions.

In a recent interview with Rolling Stone, Church asserted the opinion that the popular show “The Voice” is spawning a group of non-artists who think they can make it big overnight.

“It’s become ‘American Idol’ gone mad,” he said. “Honestly, if Blake Shelton and Cee Lo Green f—ing turn around in a red chair, you get a deal? That’s crazy. I don’t know what would make an artist do that. You’re not an artist.”

Church managed to insult quite a few of his peers with that blanket statement, including former American Idol contestants who have gone on to make a big name for themselves in the country music world–Carrie Underwood and Kelly Clarkson, namely. Blake Shelton’s wife, Miranda Lambert, actually got her start on Nashville Star back in ’03 and invited Church to tour with her in 2010, so to say his comments ticked her off is putting it lightly. Once she got wind of the interview, Lambert took to Twitter to call Church out.

Thanks Eric Church for saying I’m not a real artist. Or @kelly_clarkson, @carrieunderwood & @KeithUrban. Your welcome for the tour in 2010.(image) 16 hours ago via Twitter for iPhone ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

But Church issued an apology yesterday via The Boot , saying he never intended to hurt anyone with his comments and was only speaking about his feelings towards people who think they can take shortcuts in the business.

“The comment I made to Rolling Stone was part of a larger commentary on these types of reality television shows and the perception they create, not the artists involved with the shows themselves,” Eric said. “The shows make it appear that artists can shortcut their way to success. There are a lot of artists due to their own perseverance that have gone on to be successful after appearing on these shows, but the real obstacles come after the cameras stop rolling. Every artist has to follow up television appearances with dedication towards their craft, but these shows tend to gloss over that part and make it seem like you can be ordained into stardom. I have a problem with those perceived shortcuts, not just in the music industry. Many people have come to think they can just wake up and have things handed to them. I have a lot of respect for what artists like Carrie Underwood, Kelly Clarkson, and my friend Miranda Lambert have gone on to accomplish. This piece was never intended to tear down any individual, and I apologize to anybody I offended in trying to shed light on this issue. I am grateful for all of the artists and fans that have supported me along my journey and certainly did not mean for my comments to undermine their talent and achievements.”

No word yet on how Lambert feels about the apology.

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  • Rebecca

    kiss up, kiss up, kiss up is all I can say. If Eric Church didn’t mean to offend anyone, why did he mention names? I would like to see his point in people who enter these singing shows seem to have things handed to them easier but that’s not the case. There have been a lot of talented artist from American Idol and others but win or lose, if they don’t have the best talent then after a year you won’t hear anything much on them. A lot of these artist like Carrie Underwood, Kelly Clarkson, Miranda Lambert would have still become great superstars even if they never auditioned. Might have taken a few extra years, but they got the talent (in my opinion). And I don’t believe that Blake Shelton, Celo Green, Adam Levine (maybe Christina Aguilera needed to) had to host a game talent show to boost their fame. Certainly not Blake Shelton’s career was riding high before he signed up for the Voice. I hope everyone will accept Eric Church’s apology and will be able to get along in the industry.

  • JC

    What’s funny is I’ve never heard of Church, but I have heard of Blake Shelton, Cee-Lo, Kelly Clarkson, Miranda Lambert, Carrie Underwood, etc. Maybe he’s just jealous.

    • Sherry Irons

      I have been enjoying Eric’s music, until now. Blake Shelton & Miranda can run circles around him. He shouldn’t think he’s got it made and greater than thou, cause he could be took right back down where he came from, rock bottom. So eric and that’s with a lower case e, I think you should try very hard to get your apology accepted from not only the artists you knocked on, but the general public-those that love these artists for really being professional performers, and you shouldn’t be jealous. Sorry, no more records or cd’s being purchased anymore of you.

  • Carly

    When it says “Eric Church” apologizes, they really mean his label, management, and PR people apologize for him… Yes you need to work hard for success, but you need to learn to keep your mouth shut because success can quickly turn into failure with a stunt like this. Good luck overcoming this battle, Mr. Church. I believe you’ve successfully pissed off fans of those artists you insulted (x5).

  • ciara

    Eric Church is an amazing singer/songwriter for the people who claim they have “never heard of him.” Blake and Miranda are good artists as well but I certainly would not say they could run circles around Eric. He has an opinion and expressed it. He has that right. I totally agree that what he said got taken out of context. A LOT of people think these reality shows are dumb. He is a “star” so he can’t say that out loud? Stupid.

  • Elise

    Eric, Blake, and Miranda all have their faults. I feel like everyone says shit, and when there’s apologies you should just let it go. The music world is competitive, so people speak their mind without always considering the consequences.