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 Praises 'Idol' Singer Willie Spence's 'Diamonds'
Luke Bryan would later praise the singer on social media.
Luke Bryan Suggested Making His Jockey Ads a Family Affair
The country superstar was the one to suggest that his wife, Caroline, join him in the new series of ads.
Luke Bryan Texted Eric Church After 2021 Super Bowl Anthem
They've both done one of music's most stressful gigs.
Country Music Memories: Luke Bryan's 'Drink a Beer' Hits No. 1
During the week of Feb. 15, 2014, "Drink a Beer" began its five-week reign atop the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart.
'American Idol' Hopeful's Audition Leaves Luke Bryan in Tears
The country star couldn't help but get emotional at Grace Kinstler's 'American Idol' audition.
17-Year-Old Country Sensation Wows 'American Idol' Judges [WATCH]
The new season already has a breakout singer for country fans to root for.
Country Music Memories: Luke Bryan Sings Super Bowl Anthem
He proved he was up to a very daunting vocal challenge.
Which Country Stars Have Performed During the Super Bowl?
These country artists have all taken the stage during the NFL's biggest game of the year.