Kix Brooks





5/12/1955 , Shreveport, Louisiana

Birth Name

Leon Eric Brooks, III




The son of an oil company engineer, Leon Eric Brooks, III, was nicknamed "Kix" even before birth, thanks to his non-stop kicking while still in his mother's womb. Due to the unfortunate early death of his 32 year old mother, Kix was raised by his father, grandmother, and step-mother in Louisiana. Kix grew up down the street from country music legend Johnny Horton's widow, and found early musical inspiration after seeing Horton's gold records lining the Horton Family's walls. He quickly formed a band and had his first musical gig at a classmate's 12th birthday party.

High school was spent at the Sewanee Military Academy, and Kix attended college, graduating from Lousiana Tech, majoring in speech and theater arts. After tiring of college life, Kix headed Alaska, to work on the pipeline, and he continued to refine his musical skills there while playing the bar scene. Returning to Louisiana Tech years later, he completed his education and then shortly after, moved to Maine where he worked for his sister's ad agency writing jingles. When the life in Maine became dull, Kix headed off to fulfill his dream of a musical career in New Orleans. The rowdy Louisiana lifestyle seemed to suit his musical personality, and he fit right into the Bourbon Street scene.

After several months of playing Louisiana bars, Kix headed off to Nashville in 1980. He worked a series of odd jobs to make ends meet, but eventually the music bug bit him again and he found himself hanging out with the Music Row crowd. After writing numerous songs, he finally had a hit by writing a song for the Oak Ridge Boys, "Old Kentucky Song." Kix was hired as a staff writer for a Nashville music house, writing hit songs for Nicolette Larson, John Conlee, and Highway 101. In 1983 Kix recorded a solo album, releasing one single, "Baby When Your Heart Breaks Down." In 1986, however, he got his big break. Submitting the song "I Still Hear The Music" in a contest for Music City's Official Theme Song, Kix discovered he had won, and then he went on to write Tennessee's official Earth Day Song, "Tomorrow's World."

In 1988 Kix was signed to a Capitol records deal and released another solo album, "Kix Brooks." By 1990 Kix was writing songs with his producer, Don Cook, who happened to play some of his songs for Arista Records president, Tim DuBois. That's when the magic happened. DuBois paired Kix Brooks up with another new songwriter, Ronnie Dunn. The two were skeptical about writing and performing together at first, but their different personalities and different stage styles seemed to strangely complement each other, and a mega-group was formed in 1991, Brooks & Dunn.

Brooks & Dunn have sold over 25 million records- the most for any country duo and second only to one other duo in any music genre, Simon & Garfunkel, sell out arena tours consistently, and introduced the words "Boot Scootin" to the American vocabulary. Kix Brooks is the high-energy half of Brooks & Dunn, as is often referred to as "The one with the hat." Kix lives in a Nashville suburb, and recently was inducted into the Shreveport musical Hall of Fame. He is a talented guitarist, plays a mean harmonica, and is a well-respected songwriter. In 2003 Kix Brooks was elected President of the Country Music Association. In his rare free time he enjoys golf, basketball, shooting pool, and shooting craps in Vegas.