Brad Paisley

A scholarship to Belmont University brought the West Virginia-born Brad Paisley to Nashville in the early 1990s. By that point, he was a seasoned picker and songwriter, having played all across his home state with a group of adult friends. Not long after signing with Arista Nashville, Paisley scored his first No. 1 with ‘He Didn’t Have to Be,’ but it was ‘I’m Gonna Miss Her’ that really broke the artist three years later. The song also led to his introduction to wife Kimberly Williams, whom he’d marry in 2003. The ‘Mud on the Tires’ and ‘Time Well Wasted’ albums are essential pickups from the '00s. Each helped the now-star earn several industry awards and become a major venue headliner. In 2008, Paisley co-hosted the CMA Awards with Carrie Underwood for the first time.

  • Birthday: October 28, 1972
  • Top Songs: ‘Whiskey Lullaby,’ ‘Alcohol,’ ‘She’s Everything’
  • Fun Fact: In his book ‘Diary of a Player,’ Paisley credits his grandfather, Jarvis, with starting his music career.
  • Further Reading: Top 10 Brad Paisley Songs, Best Brad Paisley Lyrics
Brad Paisley Earns 24th No. 1 Hit With ‘Today’
Brad Paisley just keeps adding up No. 1 songs. The country music icon's latest single “Today,” from his forthcoming album Love and War, has reached the top spot on the Country Aircheck/Mediabase chart, making it his 24th No. 1 song as an artist (Paisley has also written 21 No. 1 s…

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