Brad Douglas Paisley, born on October 28, 1972, is one of the most gifted country performers of all time. He has sold over 12 million recordings, received several Grammys, C.M.A.s, and A.C.A.s, and was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry. Beginning with his 1999 breakthrough single ‘Who Needs Pictures,’ he has recorded 11 albums and a holiday compilation on the Arista Nashville label, with all of his albums being certified Gold or higher by the R.I.A.A. He has 35 Top 10 hits on the U.S. Billboard Country Airplay chart, with 20 of them reaching number one. In 2009, he set a record for the most consecutive top-10 singles. Not just that, but there is much more to his life, and let us celebrate his birthday with some country music!
Brad Douglas Paisley was born to West Virginia Department of Transportation employee Douglas Edward Paisley and professor Sandra Jean Paisley. When he was eight, his maternal grandfather gave him a guitar and taught him how to play. ‘Born on Christmas Day,’ his first song, was written when he was 13 years old. He soon began playing at social functions and club meetings. The program director of a West Virginia radio station requested he come on “Jamboree U.S.A.” after hearing him perform. He was promptly introduced to the weekly program and spent the next eight years opening for The Judds, George Jones, and others.
He attended Belmont University on a grant and interned at A.S.C.A.P., Atlantic Records, and Fitzgerald-Hartley. He subsequently encountered Frank Rogers, Kelley Lovelace, and Chris DuBois, with whom he teamed extensively. He received a composition agreement with E.M.I. Record Label about a week after graduation and wrote ‘Another You,’ released in 1997, for David Kersh, and ‘Watching My Baby Not Come Back,’ released in 1999, for David Ball. With ‘Who Needs Pictures,’ he made his singing debut and went on to record two number-one hits.
He won the C.M.A. Horizon Award and the Academy of Country Music Award. He was shortlisted for a Grammy for Best New Artist in 2001 and was subsequently inducted as the Grand Ole Opry’s youngest member. His Grand Ole Opry performance garnered him a C.M.A. contender for Vocal Event of the Year. He has earned the Academy of Country Music’s Top Male Vocalist of the Year award five times, as well as three Grammys and two A.M.A.s. Paisley has two boys with his wife, Kimberly Williams.
His album is declared platinum after his second number one single, ‘We Danced’ bagging two awards for best new male vocalist.
The album is declared platinum after spending more than 70 weeks on the charts, with three singles from the part II album reaching the top 10.
Paisley's book "Jug Fishing for Greazy and Other Brad Paisley Fishing Stories” is published by Thomas Nelson, a collaboration with M. B. Roberts.
“5th Gear,” Paisley's fifth studio album, is launched in the United States with the first four tracks making it to number one on the C.M.A.s, giving Paisley seven successive number one hits.
Paisley plays for President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama at the White House in honor of country music.
He proceeds to release successful songs that consistently top the music charts, performs in several events, and also participates in song co-writing and co-production.
Why We Love Brad Paisley
Not everyone understands country music
He understands how to skillfully merge traditional and modern country music, resulting in masterpieces. No wonder he got to play at the White House!
We love his charitable contributions
He established his own charitable foundation to benefit organizations in his home state of West Virginia. These include providing free concerts with all proceeds going to flood victims there.
The way he resonates with his fans
His compositions have always been so dear to us that he could just win our hearts with a few lines of his songs. What is your favorite line?
5 Surprising Facts
He’s camera conscious
The last thing he does before going on stage is to brush his teeth.
His go-to snack
He enjoys cereal and milk for snacking on the tour bus (only 2% milk).
A three-time Grammy winner
Winning one Grammy is incredible, but he has won three Grammy awards!
The messy Brad
Except for his songs, the West Virginia heartthrob isn't bothered about keeping things neat and clean.
Not a big fan of booze
Though ‘Alcohol’ is his favorite song, he never drinks since he believes it is all about making a fool of yourself.
Brad Paisley FAQs
What are Brad Paisley's children's names?
Jasper Warren and William Huckleberry are his children’s names.
What is Brad Paisley up to these days?
In collaboration with Belmont University, the country music singer and his wife, Kimberly, opened The Store.
Which category did Brad Paisley win a Grammy for?
He received one award for Male Country Vocal Performance and two awards for Country Instrumental Performance!
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