Brantley Gilbert

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Brantley Gilbert
Brantley Gilbert at Simpleman 2011 (cropped).jpg
Gilbert performing in 2011.
Background information
Birth name Brantley Keith Gilbert[1]
Born (1985-01-20) January 20, 1985 (age 29) [2]
Origin Jefferson, Georgia, U.S.[2]
Genres Country
Years active 2005–present
Labels Average Joes Entertainment, The Valory Co
Associated acts Jason Aldean
Colt Ford
Thomas Rhett
Justin Moore
Website http://brantleygilbert.com/

Brantley Keith Gilbert (born January 20, 1985) is an American country music artist from Jefferson, Georgia. He was originally signed to Colt Ford's label, Average Joe's Entertainment, where he released Modern Day Prodigal Son, and Halfway to Heaven. He is now signed to Big Machine Records' Valory division, for whom he has released two albums—a deluxe edition of Halfway to Heaven and Just As I Am. These albums have produced a combined six chart entries on the Hot Country Songs charts, of which three have gone to number 1. Gilbert also co-wrote Jason Aldean's singles "My Kinda Party" and "Dirt Road Anthem".

Career[edit]

Singing career[edit]

Brantley Gilbert originally moved to Nashville as a songwriter, signed to Warner Chappell Publishing.[3] He continued performing at local venues. In 2009, Gilbert released his debut album, Modern Day Prodigal Son, under independent label Average Joes Entertainment.Gilbert followed his debut with the second project, Halfway to Heaven, on March 16, 2010.[4]

In February 2011, Gilbert signed with Valory Music Co., a division of Big Machine Records, who re-released Halfway to Heaven with new recordings and bonus tracks. The album was produced by Dann Huff. Its first two singles, "Country Must Be Country Wide" and "You Don't Know Her Like I Do", both went to number 1 on the Hot Country Songs chart. After it, "Kick It in the Sticks" peaked at number 34, and "More Than Miles" at number 7 on Country Airplay. He won the ACM New Male Artist award in 2013.[5]

Gilbert's second Valory album, Just as I Am, was released on May 19, 2014. Its lead single is "Bottoms Up", which has also reached number 1. The second single is "Small Town Throwdown", which features guest vocals from labelmates Thomas Rhett and Justin Moore.

Tours[edit]

  • 2011
    • Willie Nelson’s Country Throwdown Tour
    • Taste of Country Christmas Tour
  • 2012
    • Eric Church’s Blood, Sweat and Beers Tour
    • Toby Keith’s Live in Overdrive Tour[6]
    • Hell on Wheels (headline)[7]
  • 2013
    • Tim McGraw’s Two Lanes of Freedom Tour

Songwriting[edit]

In addition to his original work, Gilbert has written songs that Colt Ford and Jason Aldean have recorded. The songs "Dirt Road Anthem" (co-written and originally recorded by himself and Colt Ford) and "My Kinda Party", were released on Aldean's 2010 album My Kinda Party. "My Kinda Party" was originally released by Gilbert on Modern Day Prodigal Son, while "Dirt Road Anthem" was later released on Halfway to Heaven. Aldean has also covered Gilbert's "The Best of Me," available on the Wal-Mart exclusive and iTunes release of his 2009 album Wide Open.[8]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Title Details Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales threshold)
Sales
US Country US US
Heat
US
Indie
CAN
Modern Day Prodigal Son 58 38 44
Halfway to Heaven
  • Release date: March 16, 2010
  • Label: Average Joe's, Valory Music Co. (re-issue)
  • Formats: CD, music download
2 4 1 13
Just as I Am
  • Release date: May 19, 2014
  • Label: Valory Music Co.
  • Formats: CD, music download
1 2 8
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak chart positions Certifications Sales Album
US Hot Country
[13]
US Country Airplay
[14]
US
[15]
CAN Country
[16]
CAN
[17]
2010 "Kick It in the Sticks" Halfway to Heaven
"My Kind of Crazy"
2011 "Them Boys"
"Country Must Be Country Wide" 1 50 91
"You Don't Know Her Like I Do" 1 49 73
2012 "Kick It in the Sticks" (re-release)A 29 34 113
"More Than Miles" 21 7 73 33
2013 "Bottoms Up" 1 1 20 3 41 Just as I Am
2014 "Small Town Throwdown"B
(featuring Justin Moore and Thomas Rhett)
13 8 67 26 97
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Other charted songs[edit]

Year Single Peak chart positions Album
US Hot Country
[13]
US
[15]
CAN
[17]
2014 "My Baby's Guns N' Roses" 18 87 88 Just as I Am
"17 Again" 19 90 95
"If You Want a Bad Boy" 47
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Music videos[edit]

Year Video Director
2010 "Kick It in the Sticks"[27] Potsy Ponciroli
"My Kind of Crazy" Mason Dixon
2011 "Country Must Be Country Wide" Shane Drake
"You Don't Know Her Like I Do" Justin Key
2012 "More Than Miles" Shane Drake
2013 "Bottoms Up"[28]
2014 "Small Town Throwdown"[29]
(featuring Justin Moore and Thomas Rhett)

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Association Category Result
2011 CMA Awards Song of the Year ("Dirt Road Anthem") Nominated
2012 ACM Awards USA Weekend Breakthrough Video of the Year (“Country Must Be Country Wide”) Nominated
2012 ACAs Breakthrough Artist Single of the Year (“You Don’t Know Her Like I Do”) Won
2012 CMA Awards New Artist of the Year Nominated
2013 CRS New Faces Won
2013 CMA Awards CMA Triple Play Award – “Country Must Be Country Wide,” “ You Don’t Know Her Like I Do” & “Dirt Road Anthem” Won
2013 ACM Awards Top New Male Artist Won

Personal life[edit]

It was announced in September 2012 that Gilbert was dating country music singer and actress Jana Kramer. They had kept their relationship quiet for about eight months before the announcement. The couple got engaged on January 20, 2013, which was also his 28th birthday.[30] They split in August 2013.[31] In October 2014, Gilbert publicly announced that he was engaged to a woman he chose not to name, saying only that she lived near his home and he had known her for about ten years.[32]

Brantley Gilbert was in a near-fatal truck accident when he was only 19. [33] Gilbert was a special-needs counselor at Friendship Elementary in Gainesville,Georgia. [34]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Brantley Gilbert". Broadcast Music Incorporated. Retrieved 20 May 2014. 
  2. ^ a b Leggett, Steve. "Brantley Gilbert biography". Allmusic. Retrieved 30 August 2010. 
  3. ^ "Brantley Gilbert Bio | Brantley Gilbert Career". CMT. Retrieved 2014-07-27. 
  4. ^ "Albums and Songs". Brantley Gilbert. Retrieved 2014-07-27. 
  5. ^ "2013 ACM Awards: Nominees & Winners". Country Weekly. 2013-04-07. Retrieved 2014-07-27. 
  6. ^ "Toby Keith Announces 2012 Live in Overdrive Tour Featuring Brantley Gilbert". Taste of Country. March 20, 2012. Archived from the original on December 4, 2012. Retrieved December 4, 2012. 
  7. ^ "Brantley Gilbert Tour Is 'Hell on Wheels' for First-Time Headliner". The Boot. July 11, 2012. Retrieved December 4, 2012. 
  8. ^ August 25, 2010 (2010-08-25). "Is Brantley Gilbert Jason Aldean’s Favorite Songwriter? | Today's Country Music Videos". Todayscountrymusicvideos.com. Retrieved 2011-07-17. 
  9. ^ "American album certifications – Brantley Gilbert – Halfway to Heaven". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH
  10. ^ Matt Bjorke (May 14, 2014). "Country Music's Top 10 Albums: The Week Of May 14, 2014". Roughstock. 
  11. ^ "American album certifications – Brantley Gilbert – Just as I Am". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH
  12. ^ Matt Bjorke (October 15, 2014). "Country Album Chart Recap: October 15, 2014". Roughstock. 
  13. ^ a b "Brantley Gilbert Album & Song Chart History - Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved November 8, 2012. 
  14. ^ "Brantley Gilbert Album & Song Chart History - Country Airplay". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved November 8, 2012. 
  15. ^ a b "Brantley Gilbert Album & Song Chart History - Hot 100". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved November 8, 2012. 
  16. ^ "Brantley Gilbert Album & Song Chart History - Canada Country". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved November 20, 2013. 
  17. ^ a b "Brantley Gilbert Album & Song Chart History - Billboard Canadian Hot 100". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved November 8, 2012. 
  18. ^ "American single certifications – Brantley Gilbert – Country Must Be Country Wide". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH
  19. ^ Paul Grein (June 18, 2014). "Chart Watch: PSY & Snoop Attack Your Brain Cells". Chart Watch (Yahoo Music). 
  20. ^ "American single certifications – Brantley Gilbert – You Don%27t Know Her Like I Do". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH
  21. ^ Paul Grein (April 30, 2014). "Chart Watch: Pharrell Steps Up". Yahoo Music. 
  22. ^ "American single certifications – Brantley Gilbert – Kick It in the Sticks". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH
  23. ^ "American single certifications – Brantley Gilbert – Bottoms Up". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH
  24. ^ Matt Bjorke (August 27, 2014). "The Top 30 Digital Singles –September 17, 2014". Roughstock.  Sales figures given here
  25. ^ Matt Bjorke (September 25, 2014). "The Top 30 Digital Singles – September 25, 2014". Roughstock.  Sales figures given here
  26. ^ "Bubbling Under Hot 100 Week of September 15, 2012". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved September 13, 2012. 
  27. ^ "CMT : Videos : Brantley Gilbert : Kick It in the Sticks". Country Music Television. Retrieved August 22, 2012. 
  28. ^ "CMT : Videos : Brantley Gilbert : Bottoms Up". Country Music Television. Retrieved December 27, 2013. 
  29. ^ "CMT : Videos : Brantley Gilbert : Small Town Throwdown". Country Music Television. Retrieved August 1, 2014. 
  30. ^ Dukes, Billy (September 21, 2012). "Brantley Gilbert Confirms That He and Jana Kramer Are Dating". Taste of Country. Retrieved September 23, 2012. 
  31. ^ Takeda, Allison (August 15, 2013). "Jana Kramer Split: Singer, Fiance Brantley Gilbert Call Off Engagement". Us Weekly. Retrieved December 18, 2013. 
  32. ^ "Brantley Gilbert Is Engaged!". People Magazine. October 21, 2014. Archived from the original on October 22, 2014. Retrieved October 22, 2014. 
  33. ^ http://1023blakefm.com/near-fatal-truck-crash-leads-brantley-gilbert-to-music-2/.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  34. ^ http://www.imdb.com/name/nm4645712/bio.  Missing or empty |title= (help)

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