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 Wins Favorite Male Country Artist at the 2021 AMAs
A huge congrats to him!
Luke Bryan Once Won $60,000 in Minutes at a Blackjack Table
Luke was just hoping to play a few hands of blackjack while waiting for the Georgia Bulldogs game to start.
2021 CMA Awards: Top 5 Moments From an Unpredictable Show
It was a night full of surprises. What was your favorite?
Luke Bryan Brings the 2021 CMA Awards 'Up' With His Performance
The 2021 CMAs host played double duty as a performer during the show.
Luke Bryan Pokes Fun at Himself, Aaron Rodgers in CMA Monologue
The joke may have been too on the nose for some in the audience.
Luke Bryan Answers the CMA Hosting Question Every Fan Is Asking
The two-time CMA Entertainer of the Year also talked a little smack to his former co-hosts.
Runaway June Are Pretty Sure Luke Bryan Is Afraid of Them Now
The country trio fear they may have gone too far in pranking him during a tour-ending stop in Mississippi last month.
Luke Bryan on Roadside Rescue: 'I Just Did What You Oughta Do'
"I just did what you oughta do," he shares, talking to Taste.of Country Nights ahead of the 2021 CMA Awards.
15 Country Stars Who Never Won CMA Awards New Artist of the Year
These 15 country stars were nominated for New Artist of the Year at the CMA Awards, but they didn't win.