Bryan at the 45th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards
|Birth name||Thomas Luther Bryan|
|Born||July 17, 1976
Leesburg, Georgia, United States
|Origin||Nashville, Tennessee, United States|
Thomas Luther “Luke” Bryan (born July 17, 1976) is an American country music singer and songwriter. He began his musical career in the mid-2000s, writing songs for his longtime friends from high school, performers Travis Tritt and Billy Currington, and releasing his first Spring Break album. After signing with Capitol Nashville in Nashville, Tennessee in 2007 with his cousin, Chad Christopher Boyd, he released the album I’ll Stay Me, which included the singles “All My Friends Say,” “We Rode in Trucks,” and “Country Man.” The follow-up album Doin’ My Thing included “Do I,” which Bryan co-wrote with Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood of Lady Antebellum, and the number one singles “Rain Is a Good Thing” and “Someone Else Calling You Baby.”
Tailgates & Tanlines, released in 2011, includes “Country Girl (Shake It for Me),” and the number one singles “I Don’t Want This Night to End,” “Drunk on You,” and “Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye.” Bryan’s fourth album, Crash My Party, was released in August 2013 and includes the number one singles “Crash My Party,” “That’s My Kind of Night,” “Drink a Beer,” “Play It Again,” “Roller Coaster” and “I See You.” His fifth album, Kill the Lights, was released in August 2015 and its lead single, “Kick the Dust Up,” became his thirteenth number one hit, followed by his fourteenth number one “Strip It Down.” Bryan co-wrote all of his singles with the exception of “Drunk on You,” “Crash My Party,” “That’s My Kind of Night,” “Drink a Beer,” “Play It Again,” “Roller Coaster,” “Kick the Dust Up” and “Home Alone Tonight” and co-produced all four albums and one compilation album with Jeff Stevens. Bryan was the recipient of the Academy of Country Music Awards and Country Music Association Awards “Entertainer of the Year” award.To date, Bryan has sold over 7 million albums and 27 million singles worldwide.
Life and career
Bryan was born in rural Leesburg, Georgia to LeClaire (née Watkins) and Tommy Bryan, a farmer. Shortly before Luke was going to move to at age 19, tragedy struck his family. “My older brother, Chris, was unexpectedly killed in a … car accident … I’m kind of hyperventilating talking about it. … You never truly … move beyond it.” His mother, LeClaire, had made a statement: “We knew Luke at some point would come to Nashville,” his mother said. “But … you can’t leave your family, and … I couldn’t bear the thought of him being away.”
Instead, Luke went to college at in Statesboro, Georgia, where he joined the Sigma Chi fraternity and graduated in 1999 with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. One of Bryan’s Chapter Brothers is Cole Swindell, Georgia Southern 2005, who won the Academy of Country Music’s New Artist of the Year Award in 2015.
Bryan made it to Nashville years later in 2007, after his father told him to pack his truck to pursue a career in music. He finally gained success as a songwriter, but soon after he signed as a performer; his first big hit was “All My Friends Say”
When Luke was invited to perform at the famous Grand Ole Opry, his older sister, Kelly, organized 129 people to attend his Opry debut. A few days after his performance, his sister unexpectedly died at home for unknown reasons.Bryan said the cause remains undetermined. “My only older siblings … gone from the world, in a flash in two, two different, crazy, tragic manners, that … we’ll never know, and never understand.”