Kix Brooks was born and raised in Shreveport, LA and was influenced by a variety of regional musical styles ranging from Cajun to blues to jazz to country. Brooks began performing at age 12, then continued performing in clubs and at other venues throughout high school. He also began writing songs at that time. Eventually he landed in Nashville, where he joined Tree Publishing Company.
Shortly thereafter, artists like the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, John Conlee and Highway 101 all scored #1’s with Brooks’ songs. In 1990, Brooks teamed with Ronnie Dunn to form “Brooks & Dunn”, the highest selling duo in the history of country music. They sold more than 30 million records, won more than 75 major industry awards, had 23 #1 hits, and set a record with their 41st top 10 single, breaking a tie with Alabama as the duo or group with the most Top 10 country singles in the 19-year history of Nielsen BDS-monitored airplay. In September 2010, Brooks & Dunn played their last concert together as a duo. After a five year hiatus, they re-teamed and are performing at Ceasar’s Palace in Las Vegas with Reba McEntire as “Reba Brooks & Dunn”.
Brooks has starred in three feature films, AMBUSH AT DARK CANYON, BORN WILD and YOU’RE GONNA MISS ME, and was Executive Producer on A COUNTRY CHRISTMAS. He starred on his own reality TV series, “Steak Out with Kix Brooks”, and will release a cookbook, “Cookin’ it With Kix”, August 30, 2016. Brooks ventured into the world of radio in 2006 when he took over the hosting reins of the long-running syndicated radio program, “American Country Countdown”. Brooks now hosts a second syndicated radio show, “Kickin’ It With Kix”. Having recently notched his 10th year with “American Country Countdown”, he reflected on his reason for joining ACC as host. “I really enjoy what I do for a living. I love this business. I love the characters and personalities in this business. At the end of the day, it’s all about sharing those stories.” The broadcast industry took note, and in 2009, honored him with the National Broadcasting Personality of the Year award, making Brooks the first person to ever win a CMA in both the artist and broadcast categories. Brooks served as President, in 2004, and Chairman, in 2005, of the Country Music Association (CMA). He remains an active board member of the CMA and also serves as part of the Nashville Music Council. The Nashville Music Council is a select group of professionals including the mayor, chosen to bring the city of Nashville and the Music Industry closer together. Brooks is also on the board of Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital and previously served on the Nashville Convention and Visitors Bureau. He is the local spokesperson for Monroe Harding Children’s Home and is a founding partner of Arrington Vineyards in Arrington, TN.