Country singer Ty England – best known for his smash hit “Should’ve Asked Her Faster,” which reached No. 3 on the Billboard Country Singles Chart – recently married Justina Cardoza in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico.
The couple met several years ago in Boise, Idaho, after Ty performed a concert at the Buffalo Club. As is his usual practice, the singer was signing autographs and posing for photos with his fans when Justina and her friend came over to meet him.
“I can’t explain it, but I knew during that first conversation that Justina and I would become good friends,” said Ty in a news release. “Sure, she was beautiful, but it was far more than that. There was an instant mental connection, and I knew I wanted to know more about her.” Enjoying their talk, he asked for her business card when it was time for her to leave.
On the bus ride back to his home in Oklahoma City, Ty continued to think about Justina. He soon e-mailed her, she responded, and their friendship was born. The two friends began sharing stories of their lives and families, and found they had much in common. Emails led to frequent phone calls, and over time they discovered they had fallen in love. During the next few years as Ty raised his four children from a previous marriage in Oklahoma City and Justina pursued her career as a real estate agent in Boise, the two were in constant contact as their relationship deepened. And finally, he popped the question.
“Justina is the love of my life,” said Ty in the release. “It was a revelation to have a relationship start as nothing more than a friendship but then turn into a love affair. I am blessed to be married to a woman who loves me, loves my children, and supports my dreams. I hope everyone will have the good fortune to find the ‘Justina’ in their lives. But back off, boys…this one’s mine!”
After enjoying their wedding and honeymoon in Playa Del Carman, Mr. and Mrs. England have settled down in Oklahoma City. In between parental duties and acquainting his wife with his home state, Ty continues to perform concerts across the nation. He plans to begin work on his next album in 2013.
An Oklahoma native, England first appeared on the national country music scene as the rhythm guitarist and harmony vocalist for his former college roommate Garth Brooks. After signing with RCA Records, England left Brooks’ band to embark on a solo career. His self-titled debut album was given an “A” rating by Entertainment Weekly, which called it “a remarkably poised performance.” The album spawned two hit singles, including “Should’ve Asked Her Faster,” which reached No. 3 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles Chart, and “Smoke in Her Eyes.” After releasing his second album, “Two Ways to Fall,” England left RCA and signed with Capitol Nashville, where Brooks produced his third album, “Highways and Dance Halls.” After taking a break from recording for a few years in order to raise his children, England released his fourth album, “Alive and Well and Living the Dream.” For more information, visit www.TyEnglandMusic.com.