10 Things You Didn’t Know About Luke Bryan
Luke Bryan is a staple artist in country music. He rose to fame back in 2007 after the release of his debut album, “I’ll Stay Me,” and he’s been topping charts ever since. Bryan’s fan base spans far and wide as he appeals not only to country music fans, but some of his singles also appeal to pop music as well. His biggest hits have been singles like, “Country Girl (Shake It for Me),” “Rain Is a Good Thing,” “Strip it Down,” “Crash My Party,” and “Drunk on You,” just to name a few. He’s sold over 7 million albums and 27 million singles worldwide, won numerous awards including Entertainer of the Year three consecutive years in a row (which might be due to his famous dance moves on stage) and he’s a well credited songwriter in the industry. In honor of Luke Bryan’s upcoming 40th birthday, here’s a look at 10 things you might not have known about this country music star!
Born Thomas Luther Bryan in 1976 and raised in the small town of Leesburg, Georgia, Luke was the youngest son in the family. Growing up on his father’s peanut farm meant that Bryan spent the majority of his childhood outside either working on the farm or hunting and fishing. Fun fact: Luke’s name is featured on the roadside sign, along with other famous locals like the San Francisco Giants All-Star catcher Buster Posey and American Idol singer, Phillips Phillips.
9. Musical Career
From a young age, Luke Bryan was interested in music. He grew up listening to his parents’ records which included country artists like Merle Haggard, George Strait and Conway Twitty. When he was 14, his parents bought him a guitar and he quickly taught himself how to play and sing. The first place he ever sang was in church, but he soon began playing with local musicians, writing his own songs and performing in high school musicals. When he graduated, he was ready to move to Nashville and pursue a career as a musician, but his older brother, Chris, was killed unexpectedly in a car accident. Bryan and his family were devastated, so he decided to put his dreams on hold and attend college so he be close to his family. His interest in music continued. He joined the Sigma Chi Fraternity, formed a band and played in local bars, all the while continuing to work on his father’s farm. Eventually, his father told him to pack up his truck and head to Nashville to pursue his dreams before it was too late. Once he was in Nashville he began a career as a songwriter and after three years of playing small gigs he was scouted by a rep from Capitol Records!