Once upon a time, Brantley Gilbert was a hell-raising youth with a passion for music. He was however forced to re-examine his life after he nearly died in a horrible car accident. These days, Gilbert is one of the most popular country musicians in America. He has dropped several chart-topping singles and albums. The singer/songwriter has also gained thousands of fans with his brand of outlaw country. Find out more about Brantley below, including his age, net worth, facts about his family and much more.
Brantley Gilbert Biography (Age)
Brantley Keith Gilbert was born on the 20th of January 1985 in Jefferson, Georgia. He hails from a family of four; his father’s name is Keith Gilbert while his mother’s name is Becky. The singer also has a brother named Kolby. Gilbert spent his formative years in Jefferson and grew up listening to country music. He was also introduced to rock music at an early age and fell in love with artists such as R.E.M, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and The B- 52’s.
He, therefore, developed a passion for both genres; and started writing and composing music when he was 13. Despite his passion for music, Brantley Gilbert did not abandon his studies. After high school, he attended Georgia College and State University where he studied counseling. He also worked as a counselor at an elementary school in Georgia.
Brantley Gilbert was forced to seek solace in music after he was involved in a car accident at the age of 19. The accident was somehow his fault as he was driving drunk. He, fortunately, escaped with his life but sustained some serious injuries including memory loss. This stalled his academic pursuits and the one thing that got him through this period was writing songs.
After making a full recovery, Gilbert moved to Nashville where he signed on with Warner Chappell Publishing. He penned lyrics for other country artists including Jason Aldean and Colt Ford. He also used his spare time to work on his album and perform at local venues. All of Gilbert’s hard work paid off in the year 2009 when he released his first full-length album – Modern Day Prodigal Son. His second album, Halfway to Heaven, dropped in 2010 and chronicled his near death experience.
Gilbert’s first two albums only enjoyed mild success but he did not despair. He rather changed record labels and reissued his second album, Halfway to Heaven, in the year 2011. Halfway to Heaven was a smash hit this time around. Two of the singles; “Country Must Be Country Wide” and “You Don’t Know Her Like I Do” topped the country charts and were later certified platinum. Since this major breakthrough, Brantley Gilbert has not looked back. He has dropped other successful albums such as Just as I Am (2014) and The Devil Don’t Sleep (2017). These albums have spurned several hit singles including “Bottoms Up”, “Small Town Throwdown”, “One Hell of an Amen” and “Stone Cold Sober”.
His Wife, Is He Married?
The country crooner is married to his one true love – Amber Cochran. Cochran is also a native of Georgia and is a school teacher by profession. The couple tied the knot in June 2015 in a small ceremony in Gilbert’s hometown of Jefferson. The guest list featured people that they had known all their lives. Even though Gilbert and Amber only got engaged in 2014 and tied the knot in 2015, their love story dates back to a very long time.
The singer first met Amber in a church in the year 2005. They were quite taken with each other and thus commenced a relationship. Their romance was however turbulent and they dated on and off for the next five years before finally calling it quits in 2010. The destined lovers however reconnected in 2013/2014 and have been together ever since. The couple has one child together, a son named Barrett Hardy-Clay, and he was born in November 2017. Gilbert has disclosed that his wife is the inspiration behind some of his songs.
Brantley Gilbert’s Net Worth
The Georgia native has a net worth of $15 million. His wealth stems from album sales as well as concert proceeds. Brantley Gilbert has received several awards in the course of his career. They include Breakthrough Artist Single of The Year at the 2012 American Country Awards, Top Male Artist at the 2013 American Country Music Awards, and the Renegade Award at the 2015 iHeartRadio Music Awards.
Brantley Gilbert is 6 feet (1.83m) tall and weighs 82 kg (181 lb). His hair color is light brown while his eye color is green. The country singer boasts of a muscular physique which is likely as a result of some dedicated fitness exercise. It may also be due to good old natural genes. Whichever it is, there is no doubt that his buff physique, as well as natural good looks, has won him many female fans.