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Bobbie Cryner Biography

Bobbie Cryner Biography

Bobbie Cryner (real name Phyllis Eileen Cryner) is a female country singer and songwriter born in Woodland, California on September 13, 1961. She released her debut album, the bluesy Bobbie Cryner, in 1993 on Epic Records. The album featured six original Cryner songs, as well as four songs by outside writers, including a duet with Dwight Yoakam on the Buck Owens cover "I Don't Care". The album charted three singles on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart, including "Daddy Laid the Blues On Me", "He Feels Guilty" and "You Could Steal Me". While Cryner's first album was well-received critically, it failed to chart and Cryner was dropped. Three years later Cryner, returned on a new label and a second album: Girl of Your Dreams, released on MCA. The album was produced by Tony Brown, head of MCA Records. The second album featured a more straight-ahead, contemporary country. As with the first, Cryner wrote five of the songs on the album, with the other five coming from outside songwriters, including her cover of "Son of a Preacher Man". The album was heralded by the first single and video, "I Just Can't Stand To Be Unhappy", which was written by noted songwriter Hugh Prestwood and entered the country charts on October 14, 1995. It peaked at #63 on the Hot Country Singles & Tracks. The second single and video, "You'd Think He'd Know Me Better", entered the charts on March 2, 1996, and peaked at #56. A third single and video, Cryner's autobiographical "I Didn't Know My Own Strength", was released in late summer 1996 but failed to chart. Cryner was dropped from MCA when the album failed to sell. Cryner continued writing songs for other artists, including Trisha Yearwood's "Real Live Woman" (#16), Lorrie Morgan's "You'd Think He'd Know Me Better" (#66), Suzy Bogguss' "Nobody Love, Nobody Gets Hurt" (#75), and Lee Ann Womack's "Stronger Than I Am". She also regularly plays at The Bluebird Cafe in Nashville, Tennessee, a tavern/restaurant that features singer/songwriters.

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