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.
Brad Paisley is not only one of country music's biggest stars, he's also one of the genre's most accomplished guitar players. He reminded fans of that fact when he performed an impressive acoustic cover of the Eric Clapton classic "Layla" during a recent radio appearance.
Brad Paisley is still reaping the rewards from leaking his Moonshine in the Trunk album online. The country singer has just been announced as one of 50 artists to win a 2015 YouTube Music Award, thanks to the clips' popular presence on the video sharing site.
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