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 Dazzles With 'Waves' on the 'American Idol' Stage
Bryan briefly left his judge's chair to make some 'Waves' onstage on Sunday night (May 16.)
Luke Bryan Makes a Surprise Stop to Perform at His Nashville Bar
Surprise! The country superstar made a stop at his 32 Bridge Food + Drink for an impromptu performance.
Luke Bryan to Bring 'Waves' to 'American Idol' Stage
Luke is getting up from his judge's chair.
All About Mom: How Country Stars Celebrate Mother's Day
They got it from their mamas!
Musical Smartypants: Country Artists Who Graduated College
In the notoriously volatile entertainment business, no one can argue with having an education to fall back on.
Luke Bryan Heard a Rumor He's the Father of Maren Morris' Baby
Fortunately, both Bryan and Morris got a good laugh out of this silly rumor.
Luke Bryan Aced Jimmy Fallon's 'Singing Whisper Challenge'
The country superstar proved he can recognize one of his fellow 'American Idol' judges' biggest hits ... even with noise-canceling headphones on.
Luke Bryan Admits He'll Need to Do Some Extra Prep for 2021 Tour
Luke Bryan's been off the road so long that he's forgetting the words to some of his songs.
LISTEN: Luke Bryan's 'Waves' Brings a Familiar Summer Vibe
As sure as Memorial Day falling on a Monday, Luke Bryan will drop a new summer hit before the season officially begins.
Luke Bryan Announces 2021 Proud to Be Right Here Tour Dates
He'll be playing all over the country.