His family moved to Chattanooga, Tennessee when he was still young. At age ten, Harling constructed a drum kit, which he taught himself how to play; he also developed his musical style through impersonation of songs that he saw on television. Later on, when in high school, Harling also learned to play bass guitar, saxophone, and trumpet, all of which he played in several bands. He initially moved to Nashville, Tennessee, only to return to Chattanooga after failing to make himself known in Nashville. By 1996, however, he returned to Nashville, where he soon found work as a songwriter for MCA Nashville Records as a songwriter.
After only six weeks as a session songwriter, he was also signed to a record deal. In 1998, Harling's debut album, Write It in Stone, was released. Consisting mostly of songs co-written by Harling, his debut album album produced two Top 40 entries on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks charts in "Papa Bear" and "Coming Back for You", but additional singles proved less successful. Having been dropped from MCA Nashville's roster in early 1999, Harling later signed to Giant Records, releasing his second album Bring It On that year. On his second album, however, Harling was persuaded to record mostly other writers' material instead of his own.
The album's only official single, which was the title track, peaked at #52. Another selection from the album, "Santa's Got a Semi", charted in both 2000 and 2001 as a Christmas single before Harling exited Giant as well. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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