Bryan in July 2010
|Birth name||Thomas Luther Bryan|
July 17, 1976 |
Leesburg, Georgia, US 
|Genres||Country, country pop|
|Instruments||Vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, piano|
|Associated acts||Jeff Stevens|
Thomas Luther "Luke" Bryan (born July 17, 1976) is an American pop country singer. Bryan began his musical career in the mid-2000s, writing songs for Travis Tritt and Billy Currington. After signing with Capitol Records in Nashville TN in 2007 with his cousin Christopher Boyd , he released the album I'll Stay Me, which included the singles "All My Friends Say", "We Rode in Trucks" and "Country Man". Follow-up album Doin' My Thing included "Do I", which Bryan co-wrote with Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood of Lady Antebellum, and the number one singles "Rain Is a Good Thing" and "Someone Else Calling You Baby". Tailgates & Tanlines, released in 2011, includes "Country Girl (Shake It for Me)", and the number one singles "I Don't Want This Night to End", "Drunk on You", and "Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye". Bryan's fourth album, Crash My Party, was released in August 2013 and includes the number one singles "Crash My Party" and "That's My Kind of Night". Bryan co-wrote all of his singles with the exception of "Drunk on You", "Crash My Party" and "That's My Kind of Night" and co-produced all four albums and one compilation album with Jeff Stevens. Bryan was the recipient of the Academy of Country Music Awards' Entertainer of the Year award.
2007–2008: I'll Stay Me
Soon after his arrival in Nashville, Bryan joined a publishing house in the city. Among his first cuts was the title track of Travis Tritt's 2004 album My Honky Tonk History.Lounges, Tom (August 31, 2007). "This Georgian just peachy to country fans". Munster (Indiana) Times. Retrieved September 7, 2007. He was later signed by Capitol Records to a recording contract. In the meantime, Bryan co-wrote Billy Currington's single "Good Directions", which went to number 1 on the Hot Country Songs charts in mid-2007.Morris, Edward (July 17, 2007). "Luke Bryan Celebrates No. 1 for Billy Currington Hit Singer-Songwriter Grabs Spotlight for "Good Directions"". CMT. Retrieved February 19, 2012. Bryan co-wrote his debut single, "All My Friends Say", with producer Jeff Stevens. This song reached a peak of number 5 on Hot Country Songs. In August 2007, Capitol released Bryan's debut album, I'll Stay Me.Jurek, Thom. "I'll Stay Me review". Allmusic. Retrieved February 19, 2012. Bryan wrote or co-wrote all but one of its 11 songs. The album's second single, "We Rode in Trucks", peaked at number 33 while "Country Man" reached number 10.Luke Bryan at AllMusic. Retrieved January 23, 2013.
Thom Jurek of Allmusic gave the album a positive review, considering Bryan's lyrics "in the mainline of honky tonk tradition" although he thought some of the sound was "calculated".
2009–2010: Doing My Thing
On March 10, 2009, he released an EP titled Spring Break With All My Friends that featured two new songs, "Sorority Girls" and "Take My Drunk Ass Home," plus an acoustic version of "All My Friends Say.""Luke Bryan". AOL Music. Retrieved January 23, 2013. After this EP, he released his fourth single, "Do I". Bryan wrote the song with Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood of Lady Antebellum, whose lead singer Hillary Scott also sings backing vocals on it."Charles & Dave Co-Writers On Luke Bryan's New Single, Hillary Sings Background Vocals". ladyantebellum.com. April 22, 2009. Retrieved April 28, 2009. The song reached number two on the country songs chart.
"Do I" was included on Bryan's second album, Doin' My Thing, which was released in October 2009. Also included on the album was a cover of OneRepublic's "Apologize".Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Doin' My Thing review". Allmusic. Retrieved February 19, 2012. Bryan wrote the album's next two singles, "Rain Is a Good Thing" and "Someone Else Calling You Baby", with Dallas Davidson and Jeff Stevens, respectively. Both of these songs went to number 1 on the country music charts. Allmusic gave this album a positive review as well, with Stephen Thomas Erlewine considering Bryan more "relaxed" in comparison to his debut.
On February 26, 2010, Bryan released a second EP, titled Spring Break 2...Hangover Edition, which featured three new songs: "Wild Weekend", "Cold Beer Drinker", and "I'm Hungover".
Bryan appeared on the April 18, 2010, episode of Celebrity Apprentice alongside fellow country star Emily West. The task for each team was to make-over an up-and-coming country star, with Bryan being selected by team Rocksolid, led by Bill Goldberg, and West being selected by team Tenacity, led by Cyndi Lauper. Bryan's make-over failed to impress the judges, leading to team Rocksolid losing the task. Bryan's new single, Rain Is a Good Thing, and West's single "Blue Sky", were both sold on iTunes with a months worth of sales being donated to Lauper's charity, the Stonewall Community Foundation, resulting in $25,000 being raised.
2011–2012: Tailgates & Tanlines
Bryan released his third EP, Spring Break 3...It's a Shore Thing, on February 25, 2011, featuring four new songs—"In Love With the Girl," "If You Ain't Here to Party," "Shore Thing," and "Love In a College Town." This release was followed by Bryan's seventh single, "Country Girl (Shake It for Me)", which was released on March 14, 2011."Luke Bryan, ‘Country Girl (Shake It for Me)’ – Song Spotlight". Taste of Country. March 14, 2011. Retrieved January 23, 2013. Also co-written by Bryan and Davidson,"Luke Bryan, ‘Country Girl (Shake It for Me)’ – Lyrics Uncovered". Taste of Country. March 24, 2011. Retrieved January 23, 2013. it served as the lead-off single to his third studio album, Tailgates & Tanlines, which was released August 9, 2011. The album peaked at number one on the Top Country Albums and number two on the Billboard 200. "Country Girl" peaked at number 4 on the country charts and number 22 on the Billboard Hot 100. The album's next three singles—"I Don't Want This Night to End," "Drunk On You," and "Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye"—all reached number one on the country charts. Bryan, along with Eric Church, sang guest vocals on Jason Aldean's "The Only Way I Know," the second single from his 2012 album Night Train.
On March 6, 2012, Bryan released his fourth Spring Break EP entitled Spring Break 4 ... Suntan City. Along with the title track, which Bryan co-wrote with Dallas Davidson, Rhett Akins and Ben Hayslip, the EP includes "Spring Break-Up," "Little Bit Later On," and "Shake the Sand."Luke Bryan's Spring Break 4 EP Due March 6. CMT.com. February, 17 2012. Retrieved March 6, 2012. Caulfield expresses, "Spring Break is mostly a compilation of tracks previously released on Bryan's four earlier Spring Break-themed EPs, all of which were only available as downloads. Released between 2009 and 2012, the four EPs have sold a combined 145,000, according to Sound- Scan. None of the tracks on those releases were promoted as radio singles".
On October 12, 2012, Luke Bryan announced his first headlining tour, the "Dirt Road Diaries Tour," which started on January 17, 2013 in Evansville, Indiana and visited a total of twenty cities before ending on March 23 in Charlottesville, Virginia. Opening artists on the tour are Thompson Square and Florida Georgia Line and Coal Swindell."Luke Bryan Announces 2013 Headlining Tour Dates". Taste of Country. October 12, 2013. Retrieved January 23, 2013.
On January 30, 2013, Bryan announced his first compilation album, Spring Break…Here to Party, which includes fourteen songs — twelve from his previous Spring Break EPs and two new tracks. It was released on March 5."Luke Bryan Is ‘Here to Party’ With 2013 Spring Break EP". Taste of Country. January 30, 2013. Retrieved January 31, 2013. The album debuted at number 1 on both the Billboard Top Country Albums chart and the Billboard 200, becoming the first album of his career to top the all-genre album chart. One of the new Spring Break songs, "Buzzkill", reached the Top 20 on the Hot Country chart.
2013–present: Crash My Party
Bryan's fourth studio album, Crash My Party, was released on August 13, 2013."Luke Bryan Titles New Album "Crash My Party"". Nash FM 94.7. June 26, 2013. Retrieved June 26, 2013. The album's first single, "Crash My Party", was premiered in a performance at the 2013 ACM Awards and released on April 7, 2013."Luke Bryan Excited About Upcoming Album: ‘My Voice Seems to Go to a New Level’". Taste of Country. March 5, 2013. Retrieved March 5, 2013. It reached number one on the Country Airplay chart in July 2013. The album's second single, "That's My Kind of Night", was released to country radio on August 5, 2013. It reached Number One on the Hot Country Songs chart in August 2013 and peaked at 2 on the Country Airplay chart in October 2013. The album's third single, "Drink a Beer", was released to country radio on October 24, 2013. It reached Number One on the Hot Country Songs chart in January 2014 and Number One on the Country Airplay chart in February 2014. During the kickoff show for his 2014 That's My Kinda Night Tour in Columbus, OH, Luke announced to the crowd that "Play It Again" will be the album's fourth single. At the same time, Bryan sang guest vocals on Florida Georgia Line's 2014 single "This Is How We Roll".
Luke Bryan's family consisted of his peanut farmer father, Tommy , his mother, LeClaire, his older brother, Chris, and his older sister, Kelly Cheshire. Just days before Bryan was going to leave home and move to Nashville, Tennessee to pursue his dreams at age 19, tragedy struck his family. "My older brother, Chris, was unexpectedly killed in a ... car accident," Bryan said. "I'm kind of hyperventilating talking about it. ... You never truly ... move beyond it." Luke put his dreams of having a musical career on hold, went to college and worked on his father's farm during the day, and sang in bars at night.
Bryan finally made it to Nashville, Tennessee years later after his dad jokingly fired him from his peanut farm and told him to pack his truck to pursue a career in music. He first gained success as a songwriter, but soon after signed as a performer; his first big hit was "All My Friends Say". When Bryan was invited to perform at the famous Grand Ole Opry, his older sister, Kelly, organized 129 people, practically their entire hometown, to attend his Opry debut. Tragically, just a few days after Bryan's performance, his sister died at home. Bryan said the cause remains undetermined. "My only older siblings ... gone from the world, in a flash in two, two different, crazy, tragic manners, that ... we'll never know, and never understand."
Luke Bryan is currently married to his college sweetheart, Caroline Boyer, whom he wed on December 8th, 2006. He met her at Georgia Southern University and says it was truly love at first sight; her blue eyes got him then and her gorgeous looks still blow him away to this day. The couple has two sons together; Bo (Thomas Boyer) was born on March 18th, 2008 and Tate (Tatum Christopher) on August 11th, 2010. Bryan says that his wife and kids travel with him on tour because spending time as a family is one of the most important things to him.
Awards and nominations
|2010||Academy of Country Music Awards||Top New Solo Vocalist"Luke is a Double Winner at 2010 ACM Awards!". lukebryan.com. April 20, 2010. Retrieved June 13, 2010.||Won|
|Top New Artist"ACM Awards Winners 2010 – The Boot". The Boot. April 18, 2010. Retrieved June 13, 2010.||Won|
|CMT Music Awards||USA Weekend Breakthrough Video of the Year – "Do I""2010 CMT Awards Winners – The Boot". The Boot. June 9, 2010. Retrieved June 13, 2010.||Won|
|Country Music Association Awards||New Artist of the Year"Miranda Lambert Leads 2010 CMA Nominees". The Boot. September 1, 2010. Retrieved November 17, 2010.||Nominated|
|2011||CMT Music Awards||Best Web Video of the Year – "It's a Shore Thing""2011 CMT Music Awards : Web Video of the Year". Country Music Television. Retrieved June 9, 2011.||Nominated|
|Nationwide Insurance On Your Side Award"Nationwide® Insurance On Your Side® Award". CMT. Archived from the original on January 23, 2013. Retrieved January 23, 2013.||Nominated|
|Teen Choice Awards||Choice Music: Country Single — "Country Girl (Shake It for Me)""2011 Teen Choice Awards Winners". Taste of Country. August 7, 2011. Retrieved January 23, 2013.||Nominated|
|Choice Music: Country Male Artist"Teen Choice Award Nominees Named". Teen Hollywood. Retrieved July 1, 2011.||Nominated|
|American Country Awards"2011 American Country Awards: Nominees & Winners". Country Weekly. December 5, 2011. Archived from the original on January 23, 2013. Retrieved January 23, 2013.||Male Artist of the Year||Nominated|
|Single by a Male Artist — "Someone Else Calling You Baby" ft. Nick Moorehead||Nominated|
|2012||CMT Music Awards||Video of the Year: Male — "I Don't Want This Night To End""Luke Bryan Wins Male Video of the Year at 2012 CMT Music Awards for ‘I Don’t Want This Night to End’". Taste of Country. June 6, 2012. Retrieved January 23, 2013.||Won|
|Teen Choice Awards||Choice Music: Country Male Artist"Hunter Hayes, Lady Antebellum Win at 2012 Teen Choice Awards". Taste of Country. July 23, 2012. Retrieved January 23, 2013.||Nominated|
|CMA Awards"2012 CMA Awards Winners – Full List". Taste of Country. November 1, 2012. Retrieved January 23, 2013.||Male Vocalist of the Year||Nominated|
|Album of the Year||Nominated|
|American Music Awards||Favorite Male Country Artist"Luke Bryan Scores First-Ever Win at the 2012 American Music Awards for Favorite Country Male". Taste of Country. November 18, 2012. Retrieved January 23, 2013.||Won|
|Favorite Country Album"Carrie Underwood and Luke Bryan Lead Country Nominees at the 2012 American Music Awards". Taste of Country. October 9, 2012. Retrieved January 23, 2013.||Nominated|
|American Country Awards"Luke Bryan Sweeps 2012 ACAs Show With Nine Awards, Including Artist of the Year". Taste of Country. December 10, 2012. Retrieved January 23, 2013."2012 American Country Awards Winners – Full List". Taste of Country. December 10, 2012. Retrieved January 23, 2013.||Artist of the Year||Won|
|Male Artist of the Year||Won|
|Single of the Year: "I Don't Want This Night to End"||Won|
|Single by a Male Artist: "I Don't Want This Night to End"||Won|
|Music Video of the Year: "I Don't Want This Night to End"||Won|
|Music Video by a Male Artist: "I Don't Want This Night to End"||Won|
|Album of the Year: "Tailgates and Tanlines"||Won|
|Most Played Radio Track: "I Don't Want This Night to End"||Won|
|Most Played Radio Track by a Male Artist: "I Don't Want This Night to End"||Won|
|2013||ACM Awards||Entertainer of the Year||Won|
|Male Vocalist of the Year||Nominated|
|Album of the Year – "Tailgates and Tanlines"||Nominated|
|Vocal Event of the Year – "The Only Way I Know"(with Jason Aldean & Eric Church)||Won|
|Billboard Music Awards||Top Country Artist||Nominated|
|Top Country Album- "Tailgates and Tanlines"||Nominated|
|Top Country Song- "Drunk on You"||Nominated|
|CMT Music Awards||Video of the Year - "Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye"||Nominated|
|Male Video of the Year - "Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye"||Nominated|
|Collaboration Video of the Year - "The Only Way I Know" (with Jason Aldean & Eric Church)||Won|
|CMT Performance of the Year - "Drunk on You"/"Feel Again" (with Ryan Tedder)||Nominated|
|American Music Awards||Favorite Country Male Artist||Won|
|Favorite Country Album - "Crash My Party"||Nominated|
|2014||ACM Awards||Entertainer of the Year||Pending|
|Male Vocalist of the Year||Pending|
|Album of the Year - "Crash My Party"||Pending|
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