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Marty Smith – The Road You Leave Behind #1 – Mark Miller (Sawyer Brown)

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Mark Miller, of Sawyer Brown fame, stops by to discuss his career on the first installment of Outsider’s “The Road You Leave Behind with Marty Smith.”

Check out what Miller and host Marty Smith has to say about his career below.

The country music rock star had a lot to talk about. For instance, did you know Miller is pretty handy on a basketball court? During his life, the singer’s shot hoops with some of the greats, including John Stockton and Karl Malone. Miller discussed getting rejected in Nashville early during his career. He also reflects on lessons from the late great Charley Pride and how Sawyer Brown lived it up like rock stars in the 1980s and 90s.

Mark Miller Reflects on His Success

Perhaps Miller and the rest of Sawyer Brown were a little too wild for Nashville in their early days. The band won “American Idol” before there even was an “American Idol.”

The group appeared on the musical competition “Star Search,” a predecessor to everyone’s favorite singing TV show. They made a name for themselves in the 1980s and 1990s, producing hits “The Race is On,” “Thank God For You,” and “Some Girls Do.” But perhaps one of their most iconic songs is “The Walk.”

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Story Behind ‘The Walk’

That tune was actually inspired by personal events in Miller’s life. The musician discussed how his grandfather inspired the tune and an emotional encounter with fans that moved him to tears. His grandfather had been a parental and influential figure in his life.

The 1990s were kind to the band as they road “the wave,” as Miller calls it. Audiences were interested in country music. And Sawyer Brown capitalized on that newfound interest, making them legends in the industry.

For more about Mark Miller and other artists, watch the full video podcasts on Outsider’s Youtube and be sure to listen on Apple Podcasts or Podbean (below).