Brantley Gilbert

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Brantley Gilbert
Brantley Gilbert 2013.jpg
Gilbert in 2013
Background information
Birth name Brantley Keith Gilbert[1]
Born (1985-01-20) January 20, 1985 (age 31)[2]
Origin Jefferson, Georgia, U.S.[2]
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • record producer
Years active 2005–present
Labels
Associated acts
Website brantleygilbert.com

Brantley Keith Gilbert (born January 20, 1985) is an American country music singer, songwriter and record producer from Jefferson, Georgia. He was originally signed to Colt Ford's label, Average Joes Entertainment, where he released Modern Day Prodigal Son and Halfway to Heaven. He is now signed to the Valory division of Big Machine Records where he has released two studio albums — a deluxe edition of Halfway to Heaven and Just as I Am and eleven country chart entries, four of which have gone to number one. He also wrote Jason Aldean's singles "My Kinda Party" and "Dirt Road Anthem".

Career[edit]

Singing career[edit]

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

In 2011, he 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 one on the Hot Country Songs chart. After them, "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 in May 2014. Its lead single, "Bottoms Up", also reached number one. The second single, "Small Town Throwdown", featured guest vocals from labelmates Thomas Rhett and Justin Moore. The third single, "One Hell of an Amen", became Brantley's fourth number one hit in 2015. The album's fourth single, "Stone Cold Sober", is off Platinum Edition of Just As I Am.

Tours[edit]

  • 2011
    • Willie Nelson's Country Throwdown Tour
    • Taste of Country Christmas Tour (headline) with Thomas Rhett
  • 2012
    • Eric Church's Blood, Sweat and Beers Tour
    • Toby Keith's Live in Overdrive Tour[6]
    • Hell on Wheels Tour (headline) Brian Davis, Greg Bates, and Uncle Kracker[7]
  • 2013
    • Tim McGraw's Two Lanes of Freedom Tour
  • 2014
  • 2015
    • Kenny Chesney's Big Revival Tour
  • 2016

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 him and Colt Ford) and "My Kinda Party", were released on Aldean's 2010 album My Kinda Party. "My Kinda Party" was originally recorded by Gilbert on Modern Day Prodigal Son, while "Dirt Road Anthem" was 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]

Performances:

Gilbert Accompanies other artists in 2015 in London, in the O2 Arena for the Country2Country music festival.[9]

Personal life[edit]

It was announced in September 2012 that Brantley Gilbert was dating country music singer and actress Jana Kramer. They met at the CMT Music Awards in June 2012. They got engaged on January 20, 2013, his 28th birthday.[10] They split in August 2013.[11][12][13]

In June 2015, Gilbert married Georgia schoolteacher Amber Cochran in a small ceremony at his home.[14] He admitted that she was the girl who inspired his singles "You Don't Know Her Like I Do", "More Than Miles", and several others.[15] On July 24, while on the honeymoon, his grandfather died.

Brantley Gilbert was in a near-fatal truck accident when he was 19.[16]

Gilbert is a professing Christian, and his song "My Faith In You", off Just as I Am, speaks of his faith.

In May 2015, Gilbert got a tattoo showing his support of the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution.[17]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

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

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak chart positions Certifications Sales Album
US Hot Country
[22]
US Country Airplay
[23]
US
[24]
CAN Country
[25]
CAN
[26]
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) 29 34 A
"More Than Miles" 21 7 73 33
2013 "Bottoms Up" 1 1 20 3 41 Just as I Am
2014 "Small Town Throwdown"
(featuring Justin Moore and Thomas Rhett)
13 8 67 24 97
"One Hell of an Amen" 5 1 44 16 80
2015 "Stone Cold Sober" 23 18 B 49
2016 "The Weekend"C 23 D TBD
"—" denotes releases that did not chart
  • A "Kick It in the Sticks" did not enter the Hot 100, but charted at number 13 on Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles, which acts as a 25-space extension of the Hot 100.[42]
  • B "Stone Cold Sober" did not enter the Hot 100, but charted at number 8 on the Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles, which acts as a 25-space extension of the Hot 100.
  • C Current single.[43]
  • B "The Weekend" did not enter the Hot 100, but charted at number 5 on the Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles, which acts as a 25-space extension of the Hot 100.

Other charted songs[edit]

Year Single Peak chart positions Sales Album
US Hot Country
[22]
US
[24]
CAN
[26]
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
2015 "Read Me My Rights" 46 Just as I Am: Platinum Edition
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Music videos[edit]

Year Video Director
2010 "Kick It in the Sticks"[44] Potsy Ponciroli
"My Kind of Crazy"[45] 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"[46]
2014 "Small Town Throwdown"[47]
(featuring Justin Moore and Thomas Rhett)
2015 "One Hell of an Amen"[48]
"Stone Cold Sober"[49]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Association Category Recipient 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
ACAs Breakthrough Artist Single of the Year "You Don't Know Her Like I Do" Won
CMA Awards New Artist of the Year Nominated
2013 CRS New Faces Won
CMA Awards CMA Triple Play Award "Country Must Be Country Wide",
"You Don't Know Her Like I Do",
"Dirt Road Anthem"
Won
ACM Awards Top New Male Artist Won
2015 iHeartRadio Music Awards Renegade Award Won
Billboard Music Awards Top Country Artist Nominated
Top Country Album Just as I Am Nominated

References[edit]

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  47. ^ "CMT : Videos : Brantley Gilbert : Small Town Throwdown". Country Music Television. Retrieved August 1, 2014. 
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