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.
Luke Bryan Is Excited His Late Brother's Voice Is in New Doc
Luke Bryan's older brother Chris died young, so he never got to meet the singer's two sons.
Luke Bryan Will Return to 'American Idol' for Season 20
Auditions will begin virtually this week, with the start date for Season 20 still TBD.
Luke Bryan Surprises Nashville Crowd With Three Superstar Buddies
Jason Aldean, Tyler Hubbard and even Morgan Wallen showed up at Bryan's Friday night (July 30) tour stop in Nashville.
Luke Bryan Thinks of His Late Siblings as His Guardian Angels
When he prays, he prays to Chris, Kelly and Lee, too.
Jordan Davis, Luke Bryan Offer Sound Life Advice With 'Buy Dirt'
Davis' collaboration with Luke Bryan is a sharp pivot away from his mostly fancy-free, melodic, uptempo hits.
Luke Bryan Feels Like He's in the 'Golden Years' of Parenting
Luke really loves being a dad to his boys.
Luke Bryan Is Giving Blake + Gwen an 'Embarrassing' Wedding Gift
It'll have the "Luke Bryan touch," he says with a laugh.
Of Course Luke Bryan's Family Pranked Him for His 45th Birthday!
The Bryan family can't pass up a good prank ...
This Dad Wants to Adopt His Stepson, So He Called on Luke Bryan
It was an emotional moment for everyone involved.
WATCH: Luke Bryan Brings 7-Year-Old Fan Onstage for Adorable Duet
This pint-sized super-fan knew every single word to Bryan's songs.