McAlyster was an American country music group founded in Pensacola, Florida. Its members comprised Cody Collins, Josh Walther, Leigh Usilton and Valerie Gills. They were signed to MCA Nashville Records in 2000. Their debut single, "I Know How the River Feels", was previously a No. 32 country single in 1999 for Diamond Rio, and was originally recorded by Ty Herndon on his 1996 album Living in a Moment. McAlyster's demo rendition was released as a single, peaking at No. 69 on the country charts. In 2007, former member Cody Collins succeeded Richie McDonald as lead singer of the group Lonestar, while Walther began a solo career and forming the cover band Phase 5 which shared the stage with Paul McCartney at an event in 2015.
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