Luke Bryan Biography
Luke Bryan (born Luke Bryan, born July 17, 1976..) – American country singer and songwriter. Brian worked as a songwriter before releasing his debut album in 2007. His debut single «All My Friends Say» climbed to the fifth line on the Billboard country chart, and since then several of his singles climbed the charts and received gold and platinum certification from the Recording Industry Association of America. His third album Tailgates & Tanlines, released in 2011, was certified platinum, and in 2012 received the Brian American Music Award in the category “Best Country Artist“.
Luke Bryan was born and raised in Leesburg, Georgia. At fourteen, his parents bought him his first guitar and learned to play it, he joined various local teams and started playing in local clubs. After graduating from High School Lee County, Brian had planned to move to Nashville, Tenn.; However, this move had to be postponed due to the death of his brother Chris, took place on the same day on which the planned departure. Luke goes to the South University of Georgia, as well as entered into the cell This Zeta fraternity Sigma Chi. At the end of Luke decided to get a job his father, despite the fact that all tried to persuade him to move to Tennessee. However, his father managed to persuade the young man to move, and in 2001 he went to Nashville, where he signed a recording contract two months later
2007—2008: I’ll Stay Me
He moved to Nashville in September 2001 and signed a contract as songwriter in two months. Among his first works was My Honky Tonk History. The representative of Capitol Records title track of the album Travis Tritt 2004 saw the appearance of Brian at the club, and then he signed a contract with him. At the same time, Bryan co-wrote with Billy Carrington single «Good Directions», has risen to the top of the charts Hot Country Songs in mid-2007. Brian wrote their debut single in collaboration with producer Jeff Stevens. The song reached the fifth line in the chart Hot Country Songs in the middle of 2007. In August 2007, Capitol released the debut album Bryan I’ll Stay Me. Brian wrote in whole or in collaboration all but one of 11 of his songs. The second single of the album, «We Rode in Trucks», reached 33 lines, while the “Country Man” reached the 10 line charts.
Tom Jurek of Allmusic said about the album positively, describing the poetry of Brian as “completely in the tradition of honky-tonk”, although, in his opinion, some of the sounds were “calculated”.
2009–11: Doin’ My Thing
On March 10, 2009, he released an EP titled Spring Break with All My Friends that featured two new songs, “Sorority Girls” and “Take My Drunk Ass Home,” plus an acoustic version of “All My Friends Say.” After this EP, he released his fourth single, “Do I” in May 2009. Bryan wrote the song with Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood of Lady Antebellum, whose lead singer Hillary Scott also sings backing vocals on it. The song reached number 2 on the Hot Country Songs chart.
“Do I” was included on Bryan’s second album, Doin’ My Thing, which was released in October 2009. Also included on the album was a cover of OneRepublic’s “Apologize”. Bryan wrote the album’s next two singles, “Rain Is a Good Thing” and “Someone Else Calling You Baby”, with Dallas Davidson and Jeff Stevens, respectively. Both of these songs went to number 1 on the country charts. AllMusic gave this album a positive review as well, with Stephen Thomas Erlewine considering Bryan more “relaxed” in comparison to his debut. On February 26, 2010, Bryan released a second EP, titled Spring Break 2…Hangover Edition, which featured three new songs: “Wild Weekend”, “Cold Beer Drinker”, and “I’m Hungover”. While Bryan is mainly known as a country singer, he has explored other genres like alternative music with his cover of “Apologize”.
Bryan appeared on the April 18, 2010, episode of Celebrity Apprentice alongside fellow country star Emily West. The task for each team was to make-over an up-and-coming country star, with Bryan being selected by team Rocksolid, led by Bill Goldberg, and West being selected by team Tenacity, led by Cyndi Lauper. Bryan’s make-over failed to impress the judges, leading to team Rocksolid losing the task. Bryan’s single “Rain Is a Good Thing” and West’s single “Blue Sky” were both sold on iTunes with a months worth of sales being donated to Lauper’s charity, the Stonewall Community Foundation, resulting in $25,000 being raised.
2011–13: Tailgates & Tanlines
Bryan released his third EP, Spring Break 3…It’s a Shore Thing, on February 25, 2011, featuring four new songs—”In Love With the Girl,” “If You Ain’t Here to Party,” “Shore Thing,” and “Love In a College Town.” This release was followed by Bryan’s seventh single, “Country Girl (Shake It for Me)”, which was released on March 14, 2011. Also co-written by Bryan and Davidson, it served as the lead-off single to his third studio album, Tailgates & Tanlines, which was released August 9, 2011. The album peaked at number one on the Top Country Albums and number two on the Billboard 200. “Country Girl” peaked at number 4 on the country charts and number 22 on the Billboard Hot 100. The album’s next three singles—”I Don’t Want This Night to End”, “Drunk on You”, and “Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye” — all reached number one on the country charts. Bryan, along with Eric Church, sang guest vocals on Jason Aldean’s “The Only Way I Know,” the second single from his 2012 album, Night Train.
On March 6, 2012, Bryan released his fourth Spring Break EP entitled Spring Break 4…Suntan City. Along with the title track, which Bryan co-wrote with Dallas Davidson, Rhett Akins and Ben Hayslip, the EP includes “Spring Break-Up”, “Little Bit Later On”, and “Shake the Sand”. On January 30, 2013, Bryan announced his first compilation album, Spring Break…Here to Party, which includes fourteen songs — twelve from his previous Spring Break EPs and two new tracks. It was released on March 5. The album debuted at number 1 on both the Billboard Top Country Albums chart and the Billboard 200, becoming the first album of his career to top the all-genre album chart. One of the new Spring Break songs, “Buzzkill”, reached the top 20 on the Hot Country chart.
2013–15: Crash My Party
Bryan’s fourth studio album, Crash My Party, was released on August 12, 2013. The album’s first single, “Crash My Party”, was premiered in a performance at the 2013 ACM Awards and released on April 7, 2013. It reached number one on the Country Airplaychart in July 2013. The album’s second single, “That’s My Kind of Night”, was released to country radio on August 5, 2013. It reached number one on the Hot Country Songs in August 2013 and peaked at 2 on the Country Airplay chart in October 2013. The album’s third single, “Drink a Beer”, was released to country radio on October 24, 2013. It reached number one on the Hot Country Songs chart in January 2014 and number one on the Country Airplay chart in February 2014. During the kickoff show for his 2014 That’s My Kind of Night Tour in Columbus, Ohio, Bryan announced to the crowd that “Play It Again” would become the album’s fourth single. This song reached number one on both the Hot Country Songs and Country Airplay charts in May 2014. At the same time, Bryan sang guest vocals on Florida Georgia Line’s 2014 single “This Is How We Roll”. On July 14, 2014, the song “Roller Coaster” was released as the album’s fifth single. It reached number one on the Country Airplay chart in October 2014. The album’s sixth single, “I See You”, was released to country radio on November 3, 2014. It reached number one on the Hot Country Songs and Country Airplay charts in February 2015.
On March 11, 2014, Bryan began his sixth year of spring performances at Spinnaker Beach Club in Panama City Beach, Florida. On the same day, he also released his sixth spring break EP, Spring Break 6…Like We Ain’t Ever.
Bryan is the only (current/modern) country artist to release an album of six No. 1 singles on both the Mediabase Country chart and Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart.
2015–present: Kill the Lights
On November 11, 2014, it was confirmed that Bryan had begun writing and recording songs for his upcoming fifth studio album. His last spring break album, Spring Break…Checkin’ Out, was released on March 10, 2015. It includes the six songs from last year’s EP and five original brand new songs.
On May 19, 2015, Bryan released his first single from his fifth studio album, Kill the Lights, “Kick the Dust Up”. “Kick the Dust Up” peaked at number one on the Country Airplay chart. The album’s second single, “Strip It Down”, was released to country radio on August 4, 2015. The album was released on August 7. Kill the Lights sold 345,000 total copies its first week and beat out Dr. Dre’s Compton to debut at number one on the Billboard 200. “Strip It Down” went number one in October 2015, making fourteen cumulative number ones. The album’s third single, “Home Alone Tonight” released to country radio on November 23, 2015. The song also became his fifteenth number one hit. The album’s fourth single “Huntin’, Fishin’ and Lovin’ Every Day” released to country radio on March 14, 2016.
It was announced that Bryan would perform at halftime of the 2015 Thanksgiving match-up between the Dallas Cowboys and Carolina Panthers.
Luke Bryan is married to his college sweetheart, Caroline Boyer, whom he met at Georgia Southern University. Bryan and Boyer married on December 8, 2006. They met at a local bar called Dingus Magees when Bryan was a senior and Boyer was a freshman.The couple have two sons, Thomas “Bo” Boyer Bryan, born March 18, 2008 and Tatum “Tate” Christopher Bryan, born August 11, 2010.
After Bryan’s sister Kelly died in 2007, followed by her husband Ben Lee Cheshire in 2014, Bryan and his wife began raising their nephew Tilden (Til).
In 2015, Forbes estimated Bryan’s annual income at $42.5 million.
Bryan has supported numerous charities and causes. The charities Bryan has supported are the City of Hope and Red Cross. The causes Bryan supportes are AIDS and HIV, Cancer, Children Disaster Relief, Health, and Human Rights.
Bryan possesses a high baritone vocal range of two octaves from A2 to A4. Commenting on his vocal performance in “Tailgates and Tanlines”, Slant magazine’s Jonathan Kefee described Bryan’s voice as “a pleasant, if slightly nasal, baritone.
Bryan has cited influences in his career as being country artists George Strait, Alan Jackson, Alabama and Merle Haggard. As regards the incorporation of elements of other music genres into his music, he cited hip hop bands Beastie Boys and Run-D.M.C. as the source of inspiration in an interview with Huffington Post, noting, “I think there’s been somewhat of a change with our generation. You know, nobody grew up more countrier than me, but I mean, I had Beastie Boys playing on little boom boxes and Run D.M.C. and all forms of music, so through the years, I just think it’s all constantly blending together.”
- 2007: I’ll Stay Me
- 2009: Doin’ My Thing
- 2011: Tailgates & Tanlines
- 2013: Crash My Party
- 2015: Kill the Lights
- Headlining Tours
- Dirt Road Diaries Tour (2013)
- That’s My Kind of Night Tour (2014–15)
- Kick the Dust Up Tour (2015)
- Kill The Lights Tour (2016)
- Co-headlining Tours
- C2C: Country to Country (2015) with Lady Antebellum
– supported by Brandy Clark, Lee Ann Womack, Florida Georgia Line, Kip Moore, Brantley Gilbert and Jason Aldean
- Supporting Tours
- Emotional Traffic Tour with Tim McGraw (2011)
- My Kind of Party Tour with Jason Aldean (2012)
- Own The Night Tour with Lady Antebellum (2012)
- Night Train Tour with Jason Aldean (2013), one show