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Get to know bigg vinny...

Most people’s life could be summed up in the lyrics of a country song, but Bigg Vinny’s life is entire album of songs...

He was born in a rural Middle Tennessee town to a young mother, who split from his biological father early on and remarried, moving Vinny and his 2 siblings into a home, that would turn out to be a living nightmare.


His childhood was far from picture-perfect. Vinny faced daily battles against the demons of his stepfather, who was physically and mentally abusive. Vinny’s path seemed destined for darkness. But little did he know that these early struggles would be the fuel on his journey to greatness.


At just 14 years old, he made the unthinkable, yet courageous decision to leave his abusive living environment behind and embrace the uncertainty of homelessness. Vinny refused to let his circumstances define him. Getting a job washing trucks to support himself, graduating high school and later becoming the general manager at the local Sonic Drive-In. 


Vinny knew he was meant for something more.


He began thinking about leaving the small town he grew up in. Music and melodies had always coursed through Vinny's veins, an inheritance from his phenomenal guitar-wielding father, who graced the stage as a touring musician for many major artist!


Inspired by his dad's legacy, Vinny set his sights on moving to Nashville, the epicenter of the country music industry. Everyone knows that Nashville is a city where dreams are born and legends are made. But it’s also a city where there is a plethora of talent and you have to have the “it” factor to make it. 


Vinny faced a unique challenge—a challenge that came in the form of his weight. Clocking in at a hefty 400 pounds, the naysayers couldn't resist spewing their doubts: "You're too fat to make it in the music industry!" But Vinny, with his overwhelming self confidence and a smirk on his face, responded with a resounding "Watch me!" 


Within a few months of being in the city where hopes + dreams are strummed on six-strings, Vinny took the stage any chance he could, ready to conquer the world. Writing songs day and night he would go on to get a publishing deal shortly after. 


But the birth of the band Trailer Choir—a collaboration with two fellow musicians, marked the dawn of a new chapter for Vinny. The Trailer Choir stood out in part to the 400lb, overall wearing, singer who did the worm on stage and break danced to every song. The band's journey began with an invitation to join the legendary Toby Keith on a major tour, which paved the way for a record deal.


Vinny’s life had transformed into a living dream. 


But just like every good dream…you eventually wake up and Vinny's journey suddenly took an unexpected turn. 


At just 26 years old, he found himself rushed to the hospital, the diagnosis was harsh—a multitude of health issues, from cellulitis and type 2 diabetes to his liver and kidneys failing. The doctors dropped a bombshell, if he didn’t drastically change his health, with his current conditions…he would be dead in less than 2 years, suggesting gastric bypass surgery as the only way out.


Vinny, stubborn and filled with a burning desire to rewrite his fate, declined the surgery. He knew he had so much to live for, so much more to accomplish. 

And as fate would have it….just when he needed it most, a extraordinary opportunity appeared, -he was chosen as a contestant on Season 12 of “The Biggest Loser,"

this would be his chance to transform his life and reclaim his health.


And transform he did.


Week after week, pound after pound…Vinny battled his inner giants both physically and emotionally, he overcame diabetes, and learned the importance of true self love and forgiveness. 


Beginning the show at 426lbs. During his time on The Biggest Loser ranch he would shed an astonishing 242 pounds, defying the odds and limitations. Proving that he was and is the writer of his own destiny.


Vinny's voice now echoes far beyond the realms of music, reaching hearts as a motivational speaker and advocate for health + fitness. His very existence has become a living testament to the power of determination.


Vinny founded Music with a Mission, a non-profit organization that strives to raise awareness of the vital role music programs play in schools. 

His creative spirit continues to soar as he pens melodies for renowned artists like Canaan Smith, Montgomery Gentry, and the band Hinder, just to name a few. 


Vinny's creativity knows no bounds, together with his bandmate Marc “Butter” Fortney, crafted a poignant song which turned into a children's book titled "The Bully," spreading a message of compassion and kindness. to the youngest of readers.


Recently Vinny entered the podcast realm providing a relatable voice for those seeking guidance, motivation, and a good dose of laughter along the way as a co-host on “The Refined Life Podcast” alongside friends Jared Blake and Jeff Suter. 


Vinny’s also taken a leap into the business world, as an investor in The Buffalo River Resort. Creating a place for others to experience the joy of nature and relaxation. 


Currently, you can find Vinny gracing the stage, captivating audiences with his magnetic performance in the new Shriners Nashville Variety Show or traveling the country speaking, singing, and playing shows, touring with the Nashville Cartel. 


Vinny has taken his experiences and turned them into a powerful message that resonate with people from all walks of life. He continues to inspire others to embrace life's challenges head-on, with a smile on your face and a song in your heart.


Whether you're seeking inspiration, someone struggling to overcome their own battles, or simply a lover of good music and heartfelt stories, let Vinny's journey be a reminder that you are capable of achieving even the wildest of dreams!

& his band Trailer Choir, has hit The Top 40 Billboard Hot Country Chart with 5 singles. Best known for the CMT Award nominated "ROCKIN THE BEERGUT" that has sold over 800k downloads. Vinny and his group were signed to Toby Keith’s Showdog Universal Records in June of 2007. Because of the high energy show and infectiously fun songs, Toby wasted no time and immediately put the group on his "Bigg Dog Daddy Tour." Based on fan reaction, radio success, and record sales, Toby decided to keep the band on his tour for 3 straight years which led to their own headlining tour in 2010.

The Biggest Loser, The CMT Awards, Major Motion picture BEER FOR MY HORSES, Are You Smarter Than A Fifth Grader, Day Jobs, Hosted CMT top 20 countdown, Hosted GAC top 20 countdown, Access Hollywood, Entertainment Tonight, Country Fried Flicks, and many more!

Toby Keith, ZZ TOP, Taylor Swift, Keith Urban, Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean, Miranda Lambert, Trace Adkins, Kenny Chesney, Montgomery Gentry, Kid Rock, Big and Rich, Alan Jackson, Chris Young, and so many more.

Bigg Vinny, Vencent Van-Zant Hickerson
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