His 2011 album "Chief" had reached No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200 chart and spawned two No. 1 singles for the country singer. The success gave his band an instant upgrade.
"When 'Chief' came out, we were in theaters. Suddenly, we're in arenas, and I don't think we handled it that well," says Church, who is in the midst of "The Outsiders" arena tour.