Most music fans have heard of country singer Luke Bryan, but very few know the story that inspired him to pursue his dream as a musician.
Bryan began writing music as a teen growing up in Georgia just like so many of America’s best country music stars. And at the age of 16, he realized that he wanted to make a career out of it. So his senior year of high school he made big plans to leave his small town and move to Nashville, Tenn. after he got his diploma. But that plan didn’t really work out. That summer his brother Chris died in a car accident and he decided that he needed to be close to his family. So the “Play It Again” singer decided to attend a local University and get a college degree. In between his classes, he reportedly would spend time writing music and play local gigs, according to Billboard music bibliography.
His efforts seemed to be working because so many fans were responding positively to his music and he just began to take off from there.
In an interview with Today.com host, Billy Geist, Bryan opens up about how the loss of his brother changed his dreams. Saying, “When my brother Chris passed away, I was 19 years old fixing to chase my dream and it just totally rocked our family’s world. Rocked my world.”
It helped change his perspective and realize life isn’t guaranteed. “You know you are like hey, you get one go around at this thing called life and it’s very fragile so you better go after your dream.”
This past Sunday night, Bryan co-hosted the 52nd Academy of Country Music Awards for the fifth time. The 2017 award show gig was with fellow country singer superstar Dierks Bently, Entertainment Weekly reported.
Before the show, Bryan got (sort of) political and told news outlets that, “Democrats and Republicans are going to get along on Sunday night. They’re all going to watch the ACMs together and stuff’s going to start happening in this country. It’s going to change,” Bryan said in an interview with The Associated Press. “Cats and dogs are going to make out.”
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