Country Music Begins Early
Brad Douglas Paisley was born October 28, 1972, in Glen Dale, West Virginia, and it would not take long for music to begin to impact his life. Brad’s grandfather gave the future star his first guitar at age eight, and Brad started penning his own songs soon after. At an early age Paisley had already become a favorite at festivals and on local radio around his home.
Paisley Makes Important Friends in College
Paisley came to Nashville as a student at Belmont University, and during his time at Belmont he made a pair of friends who have had a huge impact on his career. Brad met Frank Rogers, who went on to become his producer, and Kelley Lovelace, his future songwriting partner, during school.
Upon graduating, Paisley inked a songwriting deal with EMI Music Publishing and wrote songs for Tracy Byrd and David Ball, as well David Kersh’s top five hit “Another You”
The Brad Paisley Breakthrough
Brad signed with Arista Nashville and released his first solo album, Who Needs Pictures, in 1999. The album produced a pair of No. 1 hits, “He Didn’t Have to Be” and “We Danced,” on the Billboard Country singles chart. The success of his debut led to his being named Top New Male Vocalist by the Academy of Country Music and Horizon Award winner by CMA.
Paisley followed the success of Who Needs Pictures with his second album, Part II. “I’m Gonna Miss Her” and “Wrapped Around” were the biggest hits from his sophomore effort, with the former becoming his third No. 1 single.
Paisley then released his third effort, Mud on the Tires. The album produced four top three hits, including yet another No. 1 song with the album’s title track. It was also his first of three straight albums to reach No. 1 on the Billboard Country Albums chart.
Becoming a Country Music Superstar
Paisley released his fourth album, Time Well Wasted, in 2005. The album would prove to be the one that pushed Paisley to the upper-echelon of Country Music performers. The album’s first single, the Country party anthem “Alcohol,” only reached No. 4 on the charts, but he followed that up with a string of seven straight No. 1 hits.
“When I Get Where I’m Going”, “The World”, and “She’s Everything” all came from Time Well Wasted, while “Ticks”, “Online”, “Letter to Me”, and “She’s Everything” were singles from Paisley fifth album, appropriately titled 5th Gear.
Brad Paisley Fun Facts
- Paisley married actress Kimberly Williams, known for her roles in ABC’s According to Jim, in 2003. The couple had their first child, William Huckelberry Paisely, in 2007.
- Brad’s Bonfires & Amplifiers Tour in 2007 was one of the biggest concert tours in Country Music. The tour, which also featured Rodney Atkins, Taylor Swift, Jack Ingram, Kellie Pickler and Chuck Wicks, visited 94 cities over 10 months and was seen by over 1 million fans.
Paisley is currently working on his next album release, which is slated to be an entirely instrumental record.