May 24, 1999 |
The "I Swear" Kentucky heartthrob is back with yet another album full of songs expressing utter devotion and rapt attention to his sweetheart. "Love Is Our Business" adheres to the romance-novel fantasy formula that's helped him sell some 15 million albums in recent years, but it has enough lyrical spunk and musical kick to make it stand out. The only place anything remotely resembling pain or regret sneaks in is in the post-breakup ballad "When Your Arms Were Around."
April 2, 1995 |
Montgomery has probably sold more albums the last two years (5 million) than any country artist outside of Garth Brooks, and his new single, "I Can Love You Like That," is off to a lightning start on the charts. So you would expect some of the striking vocal character and independent spirit associated with country's greatest talents. But Montgomery is an ordinary singer with relatively timid instincts. Why the appeal?
January 10, 1997 |
With his rugged good looks and sturdy 6-foot-1 frame, John Michael Montgomery is to country music what Michael Bolton is to mainstream pop. He's a heartthrob who has a way of making women swoon with his poignant, romantic ballads. And like Bolton, Montgomery--who performs at the Pond of Anaheim on Sunday night--has had to deal with detractors who have suggested that's he's more "himbo" than a singer worthy of serious artistic consideration.
October 20, 1993 |
There he was at the Crazy Horse on Monday, a good-lookin' young dude from Kentucky, giving his country music a rock 'n' roll jolt and drawing screams from the ladies in the audience. Put down your weapons--it wasn't Billy Ray Cyrus. Actually, when all the dust finally clears, John Michael Montgomery should easily eclipse Achy Breaky Billy as their native state's true contribution to '90s country music.
June 26, 1994 |
John Michael Montgomery was in the center of country's spotlight just 24 hours ago, a swaggering Kentuckian in a black-and-red leather jacket on national television from the Universal Amphitheatre. He was named the Academy of Country Music's best new male artist and singer of the song of the year.
January 6, 1995
(More than five nominations in a category are as a result of ties.) General Categories Record of the Year: "I'll Make Love to You," Boyz II Men (Babyface, producer); "He Thinks He'll Keep Her," Mary Chapin Carpenter (Mary Chapin Carpenter and John Jennings, producers); "All I Wanna Do," Sheryl Crow (Bill Bottrell, producer); "Love Sneakin' Up on You," Bonnie Raitt (Bonnie Raitt and Don Was, producers); "Streets of Philadelphia," Bruce Springsteen (Chuck Plotkin and Bruce Springsteen, producers).