10 Things You Didn’t Know About Zac Brown
The country musical group, Zac Brown Band (ZBB) have been hugely successful since they started touring and releasing music back in 2002. They have six albums, 16 charted singles, 11 of which have reached the number one spot, won numerous country music awards and even three Grammy Awards for Best County Album, Best New Artist and Best Country Collaboration with Vocals — this band is unstoppable! What makes Zac Brown Band so unique is not only their incredible sound which can waiver from rock, country, folk to a more recent sound of pop or electronic, but also the fact that the band is made up of eight members who play a range of instruments from the fiddle to the ukulele to the mandolin! The heart and soul of ZBB is the lead singer Zac Brown, who is responsible for starting the band. In honor of his upcoming 39th birthday, here’s a look at 10 things you might not have known about country singer, Zac Brown!
Zachry Alexander Brown was born and raised on Lake Lanier in Cumming, Georgia. Zac Brown has always surrounded himself with a lot of people, from his large band to his five children and it might have something to do with the fact that he comes from a big family. He’s the second oldest of 12 children! Raised by his stay-at-home mother and stepfather who was a dentist, he bounced around to a few different schools from Mashburn Elementary School to the Lakeview Academy in Gainesville to South Forsyth High School and at the age of 17-years-old he moved to Dahlonega and attended Lumpkin County Highschool. In his teenage years, Brown was a camp counselor at Camp Mikell in Toccoa, Georgia and at Camp Glisson, a United Methodist summer camp in Dahlonega, Georgia. Zac Brown got his first guitar when he was only 8-years-old and enlisted in classical guitar lessons with one of his stepfather’s patients. He continued his lessons for two years, but he became more interested in bluegrass music. He said his interest developed from visiting his father and brother on the weekend and in his mid-teens he took lessons from a vocal coach at his local church in Cumming, Georgia.
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It’s pretty clear from Zac’s instrumental and songwriting talent that he’s been surrounded by music his whole life. But he claims he didn’t develop a strong desire to pursue a musical career until he attended the University of West Georgia and was a member of the Zeta Kappa chapter of the Kappa Alpha Order fraternity. It was during his post-secondary education when he really became involved in playing music as a band and writing songs. The changing point in his life was when 9/11 happened. At that time, he immediately decided to drop out of school and pursue a career in music full-time. He hit the road at 19 and began touring the Southeast states with a drummer and his dog, Pete. This marked the beginning of what would soon become Zac Brown Band. The band got their start just by playing music around Georgia in 2002 anywhere they could.