An unassuming broad-shouldered boy from Georgia, Luke Bryan is an embodiment of country music in this era. Arguably one of the best entertainers in the industry, Bryan is considered the new King of Country Music. Since 2007 when he appeared on the music scene, the songwriter and singer, has continued to impress his audience with his skills and smooth vocals. While country traditionalists frown at the increasing influence that hip-hop has had on the genre, Bryan glories in his more conventional themes and sounds.
Despite his successful career, Luke has suffered tragic losses in life, which helps him appreciate just how precious life is. Regardless of the calamities, Luke never takes life too seriously and maintains a great sense of humor as well as one of the best smiles in country music. Be inspired by the singer’s success story.
A Georgia native, Luke Bryan was born on 17th July 1976, as the youngest of three children to LeClaire and Tommy Bryan. Born to parents who were both peasant farmers, Luke and his siblings were raised in the small town of Leesburg, Georgia. Bryan’s interest in country music was evident from a young age. He began writing his own songs and performing in public as a teenager right after getting his first guitar at age 14.
He studied business administration at Georgia Southern University in Statesboro, where he graduated from in 1999. While in college, Luke was part of a local band which helped hone his skills for the bigger stage. He thereafter worked in his father’s peanut mill before eventually moving to Nashville in 2007 to pursue his music career.
Journey to Fame
Bryan initially found success as a songwriter, before landing a record contract with Capitol Records Nashville. His debut single All My Friends Say was co-written with producer Jeff Stevens. So far, Bryan has released a number of singles and albums in his career. I’ll Stay Me which was Luke’s debut album was released in August 2007 to critical acclaim. His sophomore album Doin’ My Thing, released two years later, was an even bigger hit and a huge commercial success. One of the album’s hit songs Rain is a Good Thing topped country charts. Refusing to rest on his laurels, Bryan found bigger success in August 2011 with his third studio album Tailgates & Tanlines. The album featuring the hip-hop-inspired single Country Girl (Shake It for Me) was a major headliner and chart climber. Better than their predecessors, his follow up studio albums – Crash My Party (August 2013) and Kill the Lights (May 2015), recorded magnanimous success and put Bryan’s career on a sky high.
Some of Bryon’s best-known hits are Rain is a Good Thing, I Don’t Want This Night to End, Country Girl (Shake It for Me), Drunk on You, Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye, and Most People Are Good.
Bryan’s outstanding works have earned him several honours. He is a two-time recipient of the Entertainer of the Year award from both the Country Music Association (CMA) and the Academy of Country Music (ACM). A unique performer, Bryan has hosted the ACM Awards about five times. He also performed the National Anthem at 2017 Super Bowl LI in Houston, Texas. More so, he is a judge on the reboot of the talent show American Idol alongside Lionel Richie and Katy Perry.
Despite having a successful career, Luke Bryan has weathered some of life’s biggest storms. Shortly after high school, he began making plans to relocate to Nashville in order to fully pursue his music career. But tragedy struck one eve in November 1996 which forstalled Luke’s plans. His older brother Chris tragically died in a car accident and Luke decided to stay back with his family in his hometown of Leesburg. Bryan, who nonetheless didn’t give up on music, was content to remain in Georgia for five more years. While often still playing with a band at local clubs, he completed his college education in Georgia and proceeded to work for his father’s fertilizer company. Luke remained in the small town until his father eventually persuaded him to move to the Music City.
After arriving Nashville in September 2001, he soon landed a publishing and record deal. But just as his debut album was about making waves, Luke’s sister Kelly unexpectedly died of unknown causes at the age of 39. In November 2014, a third tragedy struck when his brother-in-law, Ben Chesire ( Kelly’s husband) suddenly passed away leaving their three children (Kris, Jordan and Til) orphaned. Bryan and his wife stepped in to raise their teenage nephew Til.
Though Bryan has had a difficult life, he still finds the strength to talk about the death of both his brother and sister. Till date, the singer admits that he still deals with the pain of losing his siblings. Even in the face of adversity, he doesn’t shy away from sharing his story with others.
Luke Bryan Family – Married, Wife, Kids
Luke Bryan is happily married to his longtime love, Caroline Boyer. The couple who met in college tied the knot on December 8, 2006. Luke and Caroline have two sons together, the first, Thomas Boyer Bryan was born on March 18, 2008, and Tatum Christopher Bryan was born August 11, 2010. The couple are also adopted parents to Luke’s nephew Tilden (Till) whom they took in after his sister and brother-in-law’s death.
Luke and Caroline who have been married for over a decade are also known to be dedicated philanthropists who support various charitable causes. Despite all of his accolades, Bryan prides most in his title as a family man. He is a loving and doting father who places his family in a special place in his heart. His song Pick It Up was written for his three boys.
The muscled and toned country singer is 6 feet 2 inches (189 cm) tall and weighs 81 kg (178 pounds). Besides his personal gym routine, Bryan has managed to stay fit by eating healthy and spending lots of happy time with his family.