Russell Dickerson Reveals Why He Dropped Out of College for Music, What It Taught Him

by Clayton Edwards
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Recently, Russell Dickerson called in to “The Bobby Bones Show” to talk about his latest album “Southern Symphony”. During the course of the interview, Bones asked Dickerson about having a number one single, his recent Opry appearance, and how he got his start in the music industry.

Russell Dickerson Drops Out of College and Hits the Road

Russell Dickerson was a 19-year-old college student when a friend came to him with a job offer. The friend was the lighting director for multi-award-winning contemporary Christian singer-songwriter Chris Tomlin. At the time, Tomlin needed a guitar tech. At that point Dickerson said, “Forget college,” dropped out and took the position of Tomlin’s guitar tech.

For the next two years, Tomlin was on the road full time. He slept on tour a tour bus, worked long hours doing harder work than he had ever done before. That experience made him fall in love with the music business.

Dickerson’s Full Circle Moment

During his November 21st performance on The Grand Ole Opry, Dickerson was joined on stage by a special guest. During his set, Chris Tomlin came out to play a couple of tunes with his former guitar tech.

To Russell Dickerson, this was a moment where everything came full circle for him. During live shows with Tomlin, Dickerson would watch the show from the side of the stage. He would think about what it would be like to be on stage performing alongside Tomlin. That night at the Opry, Dickerson found out what it was like to share the stage with his former employer.

Russell Dickerson Has a Promising Future in Music

Currently, Dickerson has one album certified gold. Of his four number-one singles, three have gone platinum at least once. The other is gold. With his new album releasing last week, it is safe to assume that more number one hits and gold records are in the singer-songwriter’s future.

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