Luke Bryan Tickets
In recent years, there has been a stark rise in the popularity of electronic, pop and RnB music, with traditional favorites like Hip Hop and rock music on the decline. However through all these changes, country music has not only managed to retain its mass appeal, but has also been responsible for producing some of the most exciting new artists to emerge over the past few years. The list is endless, as one country musician after another managed to find mainstream success. Yet there were also those who stood out from the rest. One such example is that of Luke Bryan, who came onto the music scene ten years ago and has since gone on to rule the industry.
Thomas Luther Bryan was born on July 17, 1976 to LeClaire and Tommy Bryan. His mother was a housewife and his father was the owner of a fertilizer chemical company and a peanut farm, where Bryan spent most of his time. He was the third child in the family, after his sister Kelly and his brother Chris, with whom he enjoyed a great relationship.
Bryan’s parents had always been avid music fans and they wanted to pass on some of that passion to their son. So he started getting regular lessons in good music, when his parents would sing him their favorite tunes, or sit him down next to their old record player, with songs of Merle Haggard, Conway Twitty and George Strait on full blast. His siblings also helped out, as they were afraid that their young brother would grow up just listening to songs from their parent’s generation. So they introduced him to the music by the likes of Michael Jackson, Prince and Lionel Richie. This mixture of different sounds would eventually have a profound effect on his career.
Signs of a star
Bryan wholeheartedly embraced his family’s love for music and even started to showcase a talent for it. He started taking part in various school plays and musical productions. Even his theater director at the Lee County High School, Robby Davis, had to admit that he had the ability to “just fill up a room.” His talents did not go unnoticed at home either and his parents were delighted with his progress. They eventually bought him his own guitar at the age of fourteen. It was like he had been waiting for this moment his entire life. He took to the guitar like fish to water and started practicing for hours at a time.
Soon enough, he got good enough to try his hand at writing his own songs. He put a band together to help him in this endeavor. Even though it didn’t amount to anything, it further convinced him that making music was what he wanted to do in life and he couldn’t wait to finish school in order to follow his dreams. By this time Bryan had formed a signature musical style that was a mixture of country, electronic music, hip hop and rock, which would later be dubbed ‘Bro-country.’ He realized that if he wanted to get anywhere in the music industry, then he would have to move to Nashville.
When Bryan was twenty years old, he decided to skip college and move to Nashville to pursue his dreams of becoming a musician. However fate intervened in the cruelest of ways. It was on October 27, 1996 that he received a call that would change his life forever. He was with his girlfriend at the time, visiting Valdosta, Georgia, a city some distance away from Leesburg, when a few of his parents friends found him there. They had driven down to the city to inform him that his brother Chris had died in a car crash.
Even to this day Bryan feels the same pain he did that day, stating in a 2014 interview that “Man, I’ve had a billion emotions around all that. You never quite get over it.” However he later goes on to add that “(But) I do believe that when my brother was born, God allocated him 26 years. It was his time.” He never let the tragedy affect his will to live life to the fullest or to fulfill the goals he had set for himself.
He had to however think of his family first, especially his parents who had felt the full brunt of the tragedy and were completely devastated by the loss of their oldest son. In fact, they would never be able to recover properly, with the sadness eventually leading to their divorce two years later. But during all this turmoil, Bryan continued to support his family by joining the Georgia Southern University and delaying his plans to move to Nashville.
Bryan had been staying busy by going to university, working on his father’s farm and by playing small time gigs at night. It wasn’t until his father threatened to fire him himself, that he realized that the time had come for him to move on to bigger and better things. His dad stated in a 2013 interview that he told Luke “you know, if you're going to pursue your music career, you need to pack your truck up and move to Nashville” and that’s exactly what his son did.
Getting to Nashville however was the easy part. It was what came after that was hard. However, with his charismatic personality, as well as his natural musical talent, Bryan soon got a job as a songwriter. He wrote songs for Travis Tritt, Billy Currington and many more, all the while honing his act by performing in local clubs and bars. One day he was spotted by a record company executive, who signed him to his first recording contract and helped him release his debut album, “I’ll Stay Me,” in 2007.
‘I'll Stay Me’
The album was very well received, making it all the way to number twenty four on the Billboard charts and number two on the US Country music charts. Three of its singles also made it onto the US Country music airplay charts, with "All My Friends Say" making it all the way to number five. The album also went on to be certified gold and laid the ground work for his subsequent recordings. He began to play bigger concerts and Luke Bryan tickets became highly sought after.
Tragedy strikes again
After the supreme success of his debut album, Bryan was invited to join the Grand Ole Opry, a huge honor in the country music world. His family was really happy for him, especially his sister, who managed to organize a large screening of the performance with hundreds of people in attendance. However just a few weeks later, she was dead, due to an undetermined cause. To Bryan, this development was inconceivable, as he stated in a 2013 interview, “My only older siblings ... gone from the world, in a flash in two, two different, crazy, tragic manners, that ... we'll never know, and never understand.”
After her husband also passed away in 2014, Bryan took in their three children and gave them a home. For him it was instinctive, stating "We feel like if we just stay positive through this, maybe we'll be a positive inspiration for people that had these things happen to (them)” and that it was a way to remember his sister. “I remember my brother through a pair of his golf shoes I have. But with my sister, I can hug her kids.”
‘Doin' My Thing’
Bryan was deeply affected by the two tragedies and they absolutely rocked him to his core. It became hard to move on, but he kept pushing, and used all that pent up energy in making music. He released his second album, titled “Doin' My Thing” in 2009, and it did even better than his previous record. It also made it to number two on the US Country music charts, but did even better on the Billboard charts, making it all the way to number six. It was also certified platinum in the US, the first of many more to come.
‘Tailgates & Tanlines’
His third album was released after another wait of two years. Titled “Tailgates & Tanlines,” it became his bestselling album at the time, and the first to top the country music charts. It also made it to number two on the Billboard charts and number six on the Canadian music charts. It also went on to record multi platinum sales in the US and platinum level sales in Canada; his first album to do both.
‘Crash My Party’
Bryan continued his two year waiting period before releasing a new album, and released his fourth record, called “Crash My Party,” in 2013. It is his highest selling album to date, managing to sell over five hundred thousand copies in its very first week. It has since gone on to be certified two times platinum in the US and Canada. The record also managed to top the music charts in both countries.
‘Kill the Lights’
Bryan’s latest effort is known as “Kill the Lights,” and it was released in 2015. It was very well received by both the critics and the fans, and has gone on to be certified platinum in the US. It also made it to number one on the Billboard charts, the US Country music charts, the Canadian music charts and the Australian country music charts. It also became the reason behind his fourth headlining concert tour, named after the album.
Starting in February of 2016, it is scheduled to go on till October of this year, with a total of sixty eight shows along the way. He will be travelling to different cities around the US and Canada, in order to give as many of his fans an opportunity to buy Luke Bryan tickets and see him live in concert.
Luke Bryan has long been touted as the next big superstar to reach the status of a country music legend, and the evidence is clear to see. He has already managed to release five best selling albums, as well as win countless awards, including four Academy of Country Music Awards, four CMT Music Awards, a Country Music Association Award, nine American Country Awards and three Billboard Music Awards.
Having achieved so much already, there doesn’t seem like there is much more he can possibly hope to accomplish. But as he himself once said, “It's pretty cool to see how far music can take you”. It certainly will be interesting to see where music really does take him.