Singer and songwriter Luke Bryan recorded a self-released album he sold at shows, but he was reluctant to devote himself to music full-time. Bryan's dad, confident of his son's talent, made him an offer: he could either move to Nashville or be fired from his family's business. In the early fall of 2001, Bryan relocated to Nashville, where his heartfelt songs of country life earned him a contract with one of the city's many publishing houses. After an A&R man from Capitol Records saw him perform a set of his original material, he was given a record deal. Capitol released Bryan's first widely distributed album, I'll Stay Me, in 2007. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi
Thomas Luther "Luke" Bryan (born July 17, 1976, in Leesburg, Texas) is an American country music artist. He moved to Nashville in 2001 and landed a deal as a songwriter within two months.
Among his first cuts was the title track of Travis Tritt's 2005 album, “My Honky Tonk History.” An A&R representative at Capitol Records saw Bryan perform at a club, and signed him to a recording contract. His debut single, “All My Friends Say,” was released in early 2007, just as country music artist Billy Currington was climbing the Hot Country Songs charts with “Good Directions,” which Bryan wrote. “Good Directions” spent three weeks at #1 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart in May 2007, while “All My Friends Say” reached a peak of #5.
In August 2007, Bryan's debut album for Capitol, “I'll Stay Me,” was released. The album's second single, “We Rode in Trucks,” peaked in the Top 40 in early 2008. A third single, “Country Man,” was released in February 2008 and became his second Top 10 hit.
Bryan also charted in late 2008 with a cover of “Run Rudolph Run” which peaked at #42 based on Christmas airplay.
In March 2009, he released an EP, “Spring Break With All My Friends," which featured two new songs, “Sorority Girls” and “Take My Drunk Ass Home,” as well as an acoustic version of “All My Friends Say.”
After this EP, he released his fourth single, “Do I,” which is included on his second album, 2009’s “Doin' My Thing.” It reached #2 on the Country Singles chart, having been held from the number one spot by Lady Antebellum's “Need You Now.” “Rain Is a Good Thing” was released as the second single and it became his first #1 Country hit.
Bryan won the 2010 Academy of Country Music Awards Top New Solo Vocalist and Top New Artist.
Luke Bryan is a superstar in the making and the career growth from his first to his second to his third studio album, tailgates & tanlines, is the proof. The Georgian who burst on the scene in 2007 with his unique blend of down-home accessibility, movie star good looks and relatable lyrics, is set to explode in a major way.
Not a flash-in-the-pan, overnight sensation, Luke has built his career from the ground up and the Leesburg, Ga., native wouldn’t have it any other way. “My path is exactly where I want it to be,” Luke says. “I’m doing my thing. I’m getting better with every album.”
The son of a peanut farmer, Luke knows patience and determination are key elements when it comes to a successful crop—or career—and he’s dedicated to growth. His first album, I’ll Stay Me, produced the Top 10 hits “All My Friends Say” and “Country Man,” while his sophomore effort, Doin’ My Thing, found the singer-songwriter scoring three straight No. 1 singles: “Do I,” “Someone Else Calling You Baby” and “Rain Is A Good Thing.”
Luke’s momentum shows no signs of slowing. “Country Girl (Shake It For Me),” the lead single from his much-anticipated third album, ranks as the fast-rising single of his career.
When Luke scored his first solo performance slot on the 2011 CMT Music Awards, he made the most of it, receiving a standing ovation for his over-the-top performance of “Country Girl (Shake It For Me),” not only from the fans, but also from his artist peers. “When you get performance slots for award shows, that’s a big deal for me,” Luke says.