Little Big Town was formed in 1998. The lineup includes Phillip Sweet, Karen Fairchild, Kimberly Schlapman, and Jimmy Westbrook. All four members are excellent vocalists. Sweet and Westbrook also play rhythm guitars.
In the mid-1990s, Karen performed with a Christian band Truth. She even wrote several songs for it. Later, the young woman formed a duo with Leigh Cappillino, which they called KarenLeigh. The group released two songs, "Save it For the Rainy Day" and "This Love Has".
In 1997, Fairchild met Kimberly Schlapman when she visited Alabama’s Samford University. The young women moved to Nashville and began working together. In 1998, Westbrook and Sweet joined them. Soon the band, which the musicians called Little Big Town, signed a contract with Mercury Nashville Records. However, it was canceled shortly. But the musicians didn’t give up. In 2001, they performed as back vocalists for recording Collin Raye’s album, Can't Back Down.
In 2002, the band signed a new contract with Monument Records. Soon, they released a debut LP, Little Big Town. The album featured singles "Don't Waste My Time" and "Everything Changes", which came in 33 and 42 on Hot Country Songs chart respectively.