Bryan in July 2010
|Birth name||Thomas Luther Bryan|
July 17, 1976 |
Leesburg, Georgia, US
|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, 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.
Life and career
Luke Bryan was born and raised in Leesburg, Georgia. At age fourteen, his parents bought him his first guitar, and after learning to play it, he joined various local bands and began to play in local clubs. He had planned to move to Nashville for the music industry, but his older brother (Chris Bryan) died in a car crash the night before he moved. Luke decided to attend a college closer to home, Georgia Southern University, because he felt as though his family was more important than going to Music City. At Georgia Southern University, he became a lifelong member of the Eta Zeta Chapter of the Sigma Chi Fraternity. He kept on with his music career, though, by playing with local bands. Luke Bryan also had a sister named Kelly. She was one of the people who inspired him to go into the music industry. It was hard for them both to get over their brother's death. Bryan started working for the family business at that point, but his unhappiness was obvious. With a little push from his dad (His dad said if he didn't move to Nashville he would fire him), Bryan moved to Nashville in September 2001. Within two months he signed a songwriting contract with Roger Murrah and one of his songs was on Travis Tritt's album in 2005. Soon after when he was playing in a club he was signed by a representative from Captiol Records right then and there he was offered a record deal and a publishing deal, and he started making his very first album, ‘I’ll Stay Me.’ Tragedy then hit Bryan’s family again when his sister Kelly, who was 39 at the time, suddenly passed away when she was at home with her young son. “They never determined what happened,” Bryan continues. “The autopsies, the coroner, no one could figure it out.” The singer has finally come to terms with the deaths of his brother and sister with the help of his faith, but wishes his sons could meet his siblings.
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. 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. 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. 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.
2009–2010: Doin' 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." 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. 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". 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. Also co-written by Bryan and Davidson, 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." 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.
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. 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. The album's first single, "Crash My Party", was premiered in a performance at the 2013 ACM Awards and released on April 7, 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 Number Two on the Country Airplay chart in October 2013. The album's third single, "Drink a Beer", was released to country radio on November 11, 2013.
Awards and nominations
|2010||Academy of Country Music Awards||Top New Solo Vocalist||Won|
|Top New Artist||Won|
|CMT Music Awards||USA Weekend Breakthrough Video of the Year – "Do I"||Won|
|Country Music Association Awards||New Artist of the Year||Nominated|
|2011||CMT Music Awards||Best Web Video of the Year – "It's a Shore Thing"||Nominated|
|Nationwide Insurance On Your Side Award||Nominated|
|Teen Choice Awards||Choice Music: Country Single — "Country Girl (Shake It for Me)"||Nominated|
|Choice Music: Country Male Artist||Nominated|
|American Country Awards||Male Artist of the Year||Nominated|
|Single by a Male Artist — "Someone Else Calling You Baby"||Nominated|
|2012||CMT Music Awards||Video of the Year: Male — "I Don't Want This Night To End"||Won|
|Teen Choice Awards||Choice Music: Country Male Artist||Nominated|
|CMA Awards||Male Vocalist of the Year||Nominated|
|Album of the Year||Nominated|
|American Music Awards||Favorite Male Country Artist||Won|
|Favorite Country Album||Nominated|
|American Country Awards||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|
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