Photo credit:  Indio, CA – April 27: (GETTY SYNDICATION OUT) Friday headliner Eric Church performs on the Mane Stage on the first day of Stagecoach Country Music Festival at the Empire Polo Club in Indio Saturday, April 27, 2024. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)


Eric Church Defends His Controversial Stagecoach Performance After Backlash, Explains He Wanted to ‘Challenge’ Himself Country singer Eric Church faced backlash for his unconventional performance at Stagecoach, where he sang covers and gospel songs with a choir, leading to some attendees leaving early.  Church defended his artistic choices, explaining that he wanted to challenge himself and return to the purest form of music.  Despite the criticism on social media, Church emphasized the importance of pushing boundaries and taking risks in his performances to stay on the cutting edge of music.  The singer’s diehard fans likely appreciated his experimental approach, even though it didn’t resonate with everyone at the festival.