Eric Church is a part of a new breed of country singers. He has made his mark on the country music industry after winning an ACM "Best New Solo Vocalist" award. Church embarked on an American tour to support his third album, "Chief" in late 2011. He made his mark with "Smoke a Little Smoke" which was a song the band tested out in concert in front of fans. Church took advantage of the song's popularity by promoting it with a music video. He also gained many fans playing in the summer festival circuit since 2009. His show at the CMA Festival helped him to gain even more popularity. Church sees himself carrying on a flame of some of country music's best artists, including Waylon Jennings, Johnny Cash, George Strait, and Garth Brooks. He says that those artists changed the course of the music, and he is aiming to do the same. He is also known as a songwriter, which is notable because performing songwriters are somewhat rare in contemporary country music.