5. He was searching for a new career when he landed his record deal.

Yeah, Aldean wasn't simply ready to throw in the towel -- he'd already thrown it in. After multiple record deals fell apart, Aldean and his then-wife Jessica had decided to move back to Georgia; in fact, he'd already begun applying for jobs. Then, he caught another record executive's attention, and within a few weeks, he had a deal with a then-fledgling label called Broken Bow Records. He's been there ever since.

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