Fast Facts About Little Big Town
Little Big Town is a highly successful country band from Homewood, Alabama. The band’s lineup comprises Karen Fairchild, Kimberly Schlapman, Phillip Sweet, and Jimi Westbrook. Each of the band’s core members provides vocals on their songs, often singing four-part harmonies, which are a signature element of Little Big Town’s sound.
Little Big Town: The Early Days
- The band formed in 1998 and went on to sign with Monument Records in 2002. They released their self-titled debut that year via Monument. The album included the singles “Don’t Waste My Time” and “Everything Changes.”
- Before becoming a foursome, the band was a dual effort between Kimberly Schlapman and Karen Fairchild. Karen had previously been a member of KarenLeigh, a Christian group that dissolved after the formation of Little Big Town. The other half of KarenLeigh, Leigh Cappillino, went on to become a member of Point of Grace, an acclaimed Christian vocal group.
- The band’s earliest other members included Gary LeVox and Joe Don Rooney, who are now country stars in their own right as members of Rascal Flatts. However, Jimi Westbrook and Phillip Sweet ended up becoming permanent male members of the band.
- The name “Little Big Town” was inspired by the name of a music publishing group that no longer exists. Little Big Town Music, which was previously a part of the Nashville music scene, had a name that Jimi Westbrook thought fit the band perfectly.
- Although they are now signed to Capitol Nashville, the band has switched labels multiple times in their careers. They started with Mercury Nashville, who dropped the band before they had released any music. They were then picked up by Monument Records and later switched over to Equity Music Group, with whom they released their breakthrough sophomore album.
- The band’s second release, The Road to Here, was the album that made them a household name. Certified Platinum in the US and nominated for multiple Grammys, the album includes the singles “Boondocks,” “Bring It On Home,” “Good as Gone,” and “A Little More You.”
- Kimberly Schlapman is the most financially successful member of the band, with an estimated net worth of $12.5 million.