Thomas Luther Bryan -- better known to country music fans as Luke Bryan -- was born and raised in the tiny town of Leesburg, Ga., where he spent his childhood working odd jobs and helping his dad on the family's peanut farm. Bryan learned to play guitar as a teenager, performed all around Georgia and, after graduating high school, decided to move to Nashville to pursue a career in country music; however, as the future superstar was getting ready to relocate, his older brother Chris was killed in a car accident, and Bryan derailed his plans for several years, until his father encouraged him to make the move in 2001. Bryan joined a Music City publishing house and wrote songs for Billy Currington and Travis Tritt, finally releasing his own debut album, 'I'll Stay Me', in 2007. Tragically, that same year, just days after Bryan's Grand Ole Opry debut, his sister Kelly passed away; Bryan says he connects his 2013 No. 1 song "Drink a Beer" with his siblings' deaths. Bryan's first six singles, from his first two albums, saw chart success -- they all reached the Top 40, five made it into the Top 10, and two hit No. 1 -- but it was 2011's "Country Girl (Shake It for Me)" that really cemented Bryan as a fixture in country music. Every year since 2009, with the exception of 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Bryan has embarked on his annual Farm Tour, bringing the stage to cornfields and small towns across the country in celebration of the American farmer. He also serves as a judge on the rebooted televised singing competition American Idol.
WATCH: Luke Bryan Performs With a Baby on His Hip in Las Vegas
What happens in Vegas ...
Luke Bryan's Father's Day Post From His Wife Caroline Was Payback
No holiday in the Bryan household is complete without a prank.
Happy Father's Day to These Sweet Country Star Dads! [PICTURES]
Dads are the best: They'll take you fishing, teach you important life lessons ... and occasionally act pretty goofy.
WATCH: Luke Bryan Lights Up Nissan Stadium With 67K Fans
The crowd singing along will give you chills.
Luke Bryan Extends His Las Vegas Residency Through End of 2022
It's his first residency stint in Vegas.
Luke Bryan Surprises Fans at Blake Shelton's Bar, Ole Red
It was an epic set -- but Blake Shelton couldn't help but crack a joke at his country star buddy's expense.
Luke Bryan + His Wife Caroline's Happy Dance Gets Naughty
It's a total "if you know, you know" moment.
Luke Bryan Celebrates Son Tate's First Shoal Bass on Fishing Trip
Luke and his son had a very successful fishing trip!