Luke Bryan was a successful songwriter before his debut single ‘All My Friends Say’ became a hit in 2007. The Georgia-born singer wrote ‘Good Directions’ for Billy Currington as well as tracks for others, but it was clear he had too much talent and charisma to remain in the shadow of Music City’s biggest stars. Bryan first picked up the guitar as a teen and had plans to move to Nashville after high school, but the death of his brother left him wanting to stay close to home. Finally, in 2001, he made the move. Bryan’s breakout song was ‘Country Girl’ from 2011. The single and several televised live performances cleared his path to superstardom. Three singles from ‘Tailgates and Tanlines’ would go Platinum, and in April 2013, he was named the ACM’s Entertainer of the Year during a broadcast he co-hosted.
Birthday: July 17, 1976
Top Songs: 'Country Girl (Shake It for Me),' 'Do I'
Family: Wife Caroline, Sons Thomas (2008), Tatum (2010)
Financial magazine Forbes has released its annual Celebrity 100, a list of the top-earning celebrities over the past year, and 10 of our own country artists made the cut. Garth Brooks comes in at No. 6 on the list, making him the top-paid country artist in the biz.
July isn't just the month for America's birthday. It's also the month that a whole bunch of talented singers were brought into this world and, boy, are we glad they were. We celebrate June babies in this gallery!
We already know that the genre's biggest stars hang out together, like Luke Bryan and Jason Aldean, who go fishing regularly. But in addition to their peers, country artists also spend time with celebrities from other walks, like acting.
When Luke Bryan isn't kicking the dust up, he's splashing around in his boat — and he's not the only country star who winds down by fishing. Florida Georgia Line's Tyler Hubbard's also a fan of the sport, and apparently, a fan of competition.
One of the biggest awards of the night at the 2015 CMT Music Awards, Male Video of the Year, went to country vet Luke Bryan for "Play It Again," his boy-meets-girl ballad from his album Crash My Party.
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