Brad Paisley
American musician
Brad Paisley
Brad Douglas Paisley is an American singer-songwriter and musician. His style crosses between traditional country music and Southern rock, and his songs are frequently laced with humor and pop culture references. Paisley was the 2008 CMA and ACM Male Vocalist of the Year winner.
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Brad Paisley's personal information overview.
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Brad Paisley 'Touched' by Support After Death of Kimberly Williams-Paisley's Mother
ABC News - 3 months
Linda Payne Williams died on Wednesday following a long battle with dementia.
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WATCH: 7 Things You May Not Know About Brad Paisley
ABC News - 4 months
Learn about Brad Paisley in a minute.
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'Rigged' CMA Awards: 'Crooked' Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley Poke Fun at Trump
Fox News - 4 months
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CMA Awards 2016: How Hosts Brad Paisley, Carrie Underwood Are Preparing
ABC News - 4 months
This will be the ninth time in a row for the co-hosts.
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Randy Travis Suddenly Singing 'Amazing Grace' Will Move You To Tears
Huffington Post - 4 months
Grab some tissues.  Singer Randy Travis was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame on Sunday and stunned the audience when he broke out into song during the ceremony. Travis experienced a life-threatening stroke in 2013, which initially left him without the ability to walk, talk or sing. “Randy stared death in the face, but death blinked,” Travis’ wife, Mary Davis-Travis, said during the induction ceremony as her husband stood beside her.  Davis-Travis detailed her husband’s still-arduous road to recovery, which included a six-month stay in the hospital after the stroke, surgeries and rehabilitation. After his stroke, Davis-Travis was asked by doctors if she wanted to take her then-fiance off life support. “I went to his bedside and I said, ‘Baby, you’ve got to give me some more fight,’” Davis-Travis previously said about the experience.  Travis can’t speak in full sentences yet, though his vocabulary is growing. And he’s now able to sing. After Tra ...
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Brad Paisley, Carrie Underwood win 'Remind Me' lawsuit
Fox News - 6 months
A lawsuit that claims Brad Paisley and his "Remind Me" co-writers stole an idea when they wrote and recorded the 2011 hit was decided this week.
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Brad Paisley Performs Live Alongside Demi Lovato in Central Park
ABC News - 8 months
Country music star Brad Paisley took a break from his ‘Life Amplified World Tour’ to rock "GMA's" Summer Concert Series in Central Park this morning.
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Watch: 'GMA' Musical.ly Challenge Contest Finalists Revealed!
ABC News - 9 months
The finalists from the second round of competition are announced -- and Brad Paisley reveals the song for the next round.
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Luke Bryan And Little Big Town Lead Route 91 Harvest Festival Lineup
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Get ready for some fun, Las Vegas, because country's biggest stars are coming to Sin City.  Route 91 Harvest returns for its third year with Luke Bryan, Toby Keith, Brad Paisley, Little Big Town and Chris Young topping the lineup. The festival will take place at Las Vegas Village across from Luxor Hotel and Casino on Sept. 30 through Oct. 2, with tickets going on sale Jan. 29 at 10 a.m. PT at RT91Harvest.com.  “Everything in Vegas is larger than life and spectacular so it sets the bar pretty high for us coming back each year,” President of Live Nation Country Touring Brian O’ Connell said in a press release. “Route 91 has grown way beyond our expectations in only two years, especially selling out ahead of gates opening last year, and so I’m thrilled to be able to bring some of country’s brightest stars to party and continue to make an even bigger mark on Sin City!"    The Huffington Post is exclusively revealing the full lineup for the fest, a collaboration between Live Nation ...
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Luke Bryan And Little Big Town Lead Route 91 Harvest Festival Lineup
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Get ready for some fun, Las Vegas, because country's biggest stars are coming to Sin City.  Route 91 Harvest returns for its third year with Luke Bryan, Toby Keith, Brad Paisley, Little Big Town and Chris Young topping the lineup. The festival will take place at Las Vegas Village across from Luxor Hotel and Casino on Sept. 30 through Oct. 2, with tickets going on sale Jan. 29 at 10 a.m. PT at RT91Harvest.com.  “Everything in Vegas is larger than life and spectacular so it sets the bar pretty high for us coming back each year,” President of Live Nation Country Touring Brian O’ Connell said in a press release. “Route 91 has grown way beyond our expectations in only two years, especially selling out ahead of gates opening last year, and so I’m thrilled to be able to bring some of country’s brightest stars to party and continue to make an even bigger mark on Sin City!"    The Huffington Post is exclusively revealing the full lineup for the fest, a collaboration between Live Nation ...
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Carrie Underwood Rides Mechanical Bull Like A Pro In New Video
Huffington Post - over 1 year
Carrie Underwood hosted her eighth consecutive CMA Awards Wednesday night with fellow musician Brad Paisley, and boy, she did not want the excitement to end.  After poking fun at fellow country artists and giving a knockout performance of her new single "Smoke Break," Underwood kept the celebration going by riding a mechanical bull. In a video posted to her Instagram account, the singer is seen wearing a big, red cowboy hat while country music blares in the background. As the bull begins to move, Underwood lets out a yell, waves around a toy gun and holds on tight to the reins.  Yee haw! A video posted by Carrie Underwood (@carrieunderwood) on Nov 4, 2015 at 10:17pm PST Earlier in the night, the entertainer posted a picture of herself wearing a sparkly cowboy hat and mustache on Twitter.  Underwood's tweet read, "I mustache you another question: do you like my hat? Yes?!?! Woo hooo!!!"  I mustache you another question: do you like my hat? Y ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Brad Paisley
    FORTIES
  • 2016
    Age 43
    In 2016 Paisley and Dr. Z Amplification collaborated and released the DB4 model.
    More Details Hide Details The name DB4 is thus named because it is "Doc & Brad’s fourth amp design". The pentode preamp tube is a 5879 with EL84 output tubes. Studio albums Paisley has won the following awards:
    Paisley released "Without a Fight", a duet with Demi Lovato, on May 13, 2016.
    More Details Hide Details It serves as the lead single off of Paisley's upcoming eleventh studio album. He was selected as one of 30 artists to perform on "Forever Country", a mash-up track of Take Me Home, Country Roads, On the Road Again and I Will Always Love You which celebrates 50 years of the CMA Awards. Paisley released his book Diary of a Player: How My Musical Heroes Made a Guitar Man Out of Me in 2011 under Howard Books Publishing. He co-wrote the book with author David Wild, a contributing editor for Rolling Stone magazine and an Emmy nominated TV writer and producer. The book is an autobiography and talks about Paisley's introduction to the music industry and how the events in his life helped to prepare him for what was up ahead. The book features topics such as the first guitar that his grandfather gave him, his first band the C-notes, the first song he wrote, and many more music/guitar related topics. Although the book does speak briefly of his personal life, the main focus is on his music and the start of his career.
  • 2014
    Age 41
    Paisley is also a fan of West Virginia athletics and the Chicago Cubs. In 2014, Paisley appeared as a celebrity guest picker on the popular ESPN show College Gameday, when it was held on the campus of West Virginia University.
    More Details Hide Details In late 2009, it was announced in Variety that Paisley would enter the world of scripted television as an executive producer of a new hour-long drama series for The CW network called, appropriately, Nashville. The plot was written and created by Neal Dodson and actor Matt Bomer. The creator of the series One Tree Hill, Mark Schwahn directed the pilot and was to oversee the series had it been picked up. Actor Zachary Quinto is also an executive producer on the series, along with Dodson, Bomer, and Corey Moosa. The pilot was not picked up for a series when The CW's fall schedule was announced in May 2010. The CW project is completely unrelated to the current ABC series, also named Nashville, even though his wife had a long-running recurring role in it and he has made two cameo appearances himself.
    In September 2014, Moonshine in the Trunk became Paisley's eighth number one album on Billboards Top Country Albums chart.
    More Details Hide Details It also became his ninth Top 10 Pop album and fifth album to reach #2 on the Billboard 200.
    On May 24, 2014, Paisley traveled on Air Force One with President Barack Obama to visit US troops at Bagram Air Base in Bagram, Afghanistan.
    More Details Hide Details Paisley played a full concert for the troops stationed there. On June 1, 2014, Rolling Stone magazine ranked "Welcome to the Future" #100 in their list of the 100 greatest country songs.
    It is the lead single from his tenth studio album for Sony Music Entertainment, Moonshine in the Trunk, which was released on August 26, 2014.
    More Details Hide Details Paisley co-wrote the song with Kelley Lovelace and co-produced it with Luke Wooten. The album's second single, "Perfect Storm", was released to country radio on September 2, 2014. It reached number one on the Country Airplay chart in January 2015. The album's third single, "Crushin' It", was released to country radio on January 26, 2015. The album's fourth single, "Country Nation", was released to country radio on September 14, 2015.
    On April 6, 2014, Paisley released "River Bank".
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  • 2013
    Age 40
    On June 12, 2013, Paisley announced on his Twitter page that he would join the Rolling Stones onstage during the band's concert in Philadelphia.
    More Details Hide Details His track "Accidental Racist," a duet with LL Cool J generated a bit of notoriety when it was released. Paisley sings about how he finds himself "caught between Southern pride and Southern blame": Paisley explained he's proud of where he's from, but he's ashamed of themes such as slavery and racism. The song generated controversy for its discussion of racism, particularly the song's message of showing "Southern pride" which includes reappropriation of the Confederate flag.
    The song was the first single from his ninth studio album, Wheelhouse, released on April 9, 2013. The album's second single, "Beat This Summer", was released to country radio on March 4, 2013. It also reached number 2 on the Country Airplay chart in July 2013. The album's third single, "I Can't Change the World", was released to country radio on August 19, 2013: despite a moderately good debut, the single failed to reach the top 20 on country charts, peaking at number 22 on Country Airplay and becoming Paisley's lowest-charting single to date.
    More Details Hide Details The album's fourth single, "The Mona Lisa", was released to country radio on December 9, 2013. It peaked at number 19 on Country Airplay.
  • THIRTIES
  • 2012
    Age 39
    On September 20, 2012, Paisley released a new single, "Southern Comfort Zone".
    More Details Hide Details The song debuted at number 25 on the Hot Country Songs chart, becoming Paisley's highest debut to date. It reached number 2 on the Country Airplay chart in 2013.
    Paisley extended his Virtual Reality World Tour through mid-2012.
    More Details Hide Details He toured the country and made pit stops at local country music festivals.
    On April 25, 2012, Paisley was featured on the South Park episode "Cartman Finds Love", in which he voiced himself, sang the national anthem and helped Cartman sing the 90's hit song "I Swear", which was popularized in 1994 by the country musician John Michael Montgomery and the pop group All-4-One.
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    On January 14, 2012, Paisley was a guest on Garrison Keillor's Prairie Home Companion, during which he did a rendition of "Life's Railway to Heaven" by Charles Davis Tillman.
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  • 2011
    Age 38
    On October 19, 2011, Paisley made a voice cameo as various background characters in the South Park episode "Bass to Mouth".
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    On May 12, 2011, Paisley's website announced that he would release two songs on the soundtrack for the film Cars 2.
    More Details Hide Details One of them would be a collaboration with British pop singer Robbie Williams. On September 21, 2011, Mailboat Records released Mark Twain: Words & Music, a double-CD telling Mark Twain's life in spoken word and song, including a new song by Paisley titled "Huck Finn Blues." Paisley's website announced that he was a fan of Twain, prompting his collaboration on the project with Clint Eastwood, Jimmy Buffett, Sheryl Crow, Vince Gill, and others.
    On March 22, 2011, Paisley's website announced a new beta game titled "Brad Paisley World."
    More Details Hide Details The game is modeled after other Facebook games such as Farmville or Mafia Wars and features original animation. The game provides a new way for fans to interact with each other and view exclusive material that would otherwise be unavailable.
    The album's second single, "Old Alabama" (with Alabama), released to country radio on March 14, 2011, and became Paisley's nineteenth number one hit. "Remind Me," with Carrie Underwood, was released May 23, 2011, to radio.
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  • 2010
    Age 37
    In December 2010, Paisley released "This Is Country Music" as the title track to his eighth studio album, released May 23, 2011.
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    Paisley cohosted the 44th Annual CMA Awards on November 10, 2010, where he was also awarded the CMA's top award, Entertainer of the Year.
    More Details Hide Details During his acceptance speech, Paisley emotionally honored his grandfather, who inspired him to play the guitar. In 2012, MSN.com listed American Saturday Night as one of the 21 Essential 21st-Century Albums.
    Released on November 2, 2010, Hits Alive is a double-disc collection, with one disc containing studio versions of Paisley's hit singles, while the companion disc features previously unreleased live versions of his songs.
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    On August 4, 2010, it was announced on his official website that Paisley would release his first official greatest hits package, entitled Hits Alive.
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    On July 31, 2010, Paisley performed alongside Carrie Underwood at the inaugural Greenbrier Classic PGA Tour Event in Lewisburg, West Virginia.
    More Details Hide Details An estimated 60,000 people attended the outdoor event to watch Underwood and Paisley perform in the pouring rain.
    On Friday March 5, 2010, Paisley slipped and fell performing his last song of the set, "Alcohol," at a concert at the North Charleston Coliseum in Charleston, South Carolina, on the final date of the American Saturday Night Tour.
    More Details Hide Details Fearing a broken rib, he was held overnight at an area hospital, but was released when a CT scan was negative.
    On March 1, 2010, Paisley was the first musical performance with "American Saturday Night" for the second tenure of The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.
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  • 2009
    Age 36
    On November 11, 2009, Paisley co-hosted the CMA Awards for the second straight year.
    More Details Hide Details He also performed "Welcome to the Future", and won both Male Vocalist of the Year and Musical Event of the Year for "Start a Band" with Keith Urban.
    On July 21, 2009, Paisley performed at the White House for President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama in celebration of country music.
    More Details Hide Details Country Music at the White House was streamed live on the White House website as well as a special on Great American Country.
    On May 6, 2009, Paisley gave an exclusive performance to a small group of members from his fan club in Studio A of the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, TN as he and his band taped an episode of CMT Invitation Only, which aired on August 3.
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    Paisley's seventh studio album, American Saturday Night, was released on June 30, 2009.
    More Details Hide Details The album's lead single, "Then," was released in March 2009 and performed for the first time on American Idol on March 18. It went on to become Paisley's 14th number one single and his tenth in a row.
    Paisley announced on January 26, 2009, that he would be embarking on a new tour named American Saturday Night, with Dierks Bentley and Jimmy Wayne opening for most of the shows.
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  • 2008
    Age 35
    On November 12, 2008, Paisley won Male Vocalist of the Year and Music Video of the Year for "Waitin' on a Woman" during the CMAs.
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    Paisley and Urban both received Entertainer of the Year nominations from the CMA on September 10, 2008.
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    Paisley and Keith Urban released to country radio their first duet together on September 8, 2008, "Start a Band."
    More Details Hide Details It was the first and only single from Play, and it went on to become Paisley's thirteenth number one hit and his ninth in a row. The album also features collaborations with James Burton, Little Jimmy Dickens, Vince Gill, John Jorgenson, B.B. King, Albert Lee, Brent Mason, Buck Owens, Redd Volkaert and Steve Wariner.
    In March 2008, Paisley announced his next tour, The Paisley Party, a 42-date tour sponsored by Hershey's.
    More Details Hide Details The tour kicked off on June 11, 2008, in Albuquerque, New Mexico, with Wicks, Julianne Hough and Jewel as the opening acts. A sixth, largely instrumental album, titled Play, was released on November 4, 2008.
    On February 10, 2008, he won his first Grammy award for Best Country Instrumental for "Throttleneck".
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    Paisley was nominated for three 2008 Grammy Awards related to 5th Gear: Best Country Album (for 5th Gear), Best Country Collaboration (for "Oh Love" with Carrie Underwood), and Best Country Instrumental (for "Throttleneck").
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  • 2007
    Age 34
    Paisley's fifth studio album, 5th Gear, was released in the United States on June 19, 2007.
    More Details Hide Details The first four singles from the album, "Ticks," "Online," "Letter to Me," and "I'm Still a Guy," all reached number one on the country music single charts, making seven straight number one hits for Paisley. "Online" featured the Brentwood High School marching band playing toward the end of the song, a cameo by Jason Alexander, and again featured a cameo by William Shatner. Throttleneck would also reach number one, which would get Paisley his first Grammy. The fifth single from 5th Gear actually came from a reissued version of the album – a new recording of "Waitin' on a Woman", a track cut from Time Well Wasted. The reissued version received unsolicited airplay in late 2006, and features less prominent string guitar and violin parts and a more "muted" musical tone. For the chart week of September 20, 2008, the song became Paisley's twelfth number-one single and his eighth straight number-one hit, making him the artist with the most consecutive Number One country hits since the inception of Nielsen SoundScan in 1990.
    Paisley toured April 26, 2007, through February 24, 2008, in support of 5th Gear on the Bonfires & Amplifiers Tour.
    More Details Hide Details The tour visited 94 cities over a 10-month period and played for more than a million fans. The tour was so successful that it was extended past its original end date to February 2008. Some of the opening acts who appeared during the tour were Taylor Swift, Kellie Pickler, Jack Ingram, Rodney Atkins and Chuck Wicks.
  • 2006
    Age 33
    He was accompanied by his father, Doug Paisley (33º), for the ceremony on October 28, 2006, and has done a number of recordings supporting the virtues of Freemasonry and DeMolay International.
    More Details Hide Details He is also a lifelong fan of the Cleveland Browns. Paisley sang the national anthem before a game during the 1999 season, and stated in an interview with ESPN his dream job would be to play football for them. He also invited former Browns Quarterback Brady Quinn to a concert at the Blossom Music Center, in 2008.
    At the 2006 Grammy Awards, Paisley received four nominations: Best Country Album (for Time Well Wasted), Best Country Song (for "Alcohol"), Best Country Instrumental (for "Time Warp") and Best Country Vocal, Male (for "Alcohol").
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  • 2005
    Age 32
    In 2005, after touring with Reba McEntire and Terri Clark on the Two Hats and a Redhead Tour, he released Time Well Wasted, containing 15 tracks.
    More Details Hide Details This album includes "Alcohol," two duets — "When I Get Where I'm Going" with Dolly Parton and "Out in the Parking Lot" with Alan Jackson — and a bonus track, "Cornography," a comedy track featuring "The Kung Pao Buckaroos:" Little Jimmy Dickens, George Jones, and Bill Anderson. On November 6, 2006, Time Well Wasted won the Country Music Association CMA Award for Best Album. It also won album of the year at the 2006 ACM Awards. Paisley also contributed two original songs to the Disney film Cars. These can be found on the film's soundtrack. This was in recognition of his contribution to the "Route 66: Main Street America" television special.
  • 2003
    Age 30
    The two married on March 15, 2003, at Stauffer Chapel on the campus of Pepperdine University after a nine-month engagement.
    More Details Hide Details They live in Franklin, Tennessee, and had another home in Pacific Palisades that was sold in 2013. Paisley and Williams' first son, William Huckleberry, or "Huck", was born on February 22, 2007, in Nashville. Their second son, Jasper Warren (named after his grandfather, who bought Paisley his first guitar), was born on April 17, 2009. Brad Paisley is an active Freemason, a member of Hiram Lodge #4 in Franklin, Tennessee. Paisley is a member of the Southern Jurisdiction of the Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, and a Noble of the AAONMS, also known as Shriners.
  • TWENTIES
  • 2002
    Age 29
    In 2002, he won the CMA Music Video of the Year for "I'm Gonna Miss Her (The Fishin' Song)."
    More Details Hide Details Several celebrities made notable guest appearances in the video, including Little Jimmy Dickens, Kimberly Williams, Dan Patrick, and Jerry Springer. His three other singles off the Part II album, "I Wish You'd Stay," "Wrapped Around," and "Two People Fell in Love," which all charted in the top 10. The album stayed in the charts for more than 70 weeks and was certified platinum in August 2002. To support his album, he toured the country as the opening act for Lonestar. Paisley released his third album, Mud on the Tires (2003), following Who Needs Pictures and Part II. The album features the hit song "Celebrity", the video of which parodies television shows such as Fear Factor, American Idol, The Bachelorette, and According to Jim, and included such celebrities as Jason Alexander, James Belushi, Little Jimmy Dickens, Trista Rehn, and William Shatner. (Paisley later contributed to Shatner's album Has Been.) The album's title track, "Mud on the Tires," reached Billboard No. 1 in 2004.
  • 2001
    Age 28
    Paisley and actress Kimberly Williams began dating in 2001.
    More Details Hide Details Paisley had first seen Williams in Father of the Bride which he attended with a former girlfriend, namely Chely Wright (whom he had never discussed as his former girlfriend prior to Wright's revelation that she is the now-ex-girlfriend in question). Since he and Wright ended their relationship prior to the release of Father of the Bride Part II, he went to see the film alone. Paisley has stated that he watched Williams' performance and thought "She seems like a great girl — smart and funny and all those things that are so hard to find." In 2002, Williams appeared in a video for the song "I'm Gonna Miss Her (The Fishin' Song)," the last release from his Part II album.
    Paisley would later contribute to Wright's 2001 album Never Love You Enough, co-writing the tracks "One Night in Las Vegas", "Horoscope", and "Not as In Love".
    More Details Hide Details Paisley co-produced the former two tracks with her, in addition to playing guitar on them and featuring members of his road band, The Drama Kings; he also sang backing vocals on "One Night in Las Vegas" and "Not as In Love".
    On February 17, 2001, Paisley was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry.
    More Details Hide Details He was 28 when he accepted the invitation, and was the youngest member ever to join. PBS did a 75th anniversary concert special, in which Paisley and Chely Wright sang a song that they co-wrote called "Hard to Be a Husband, Hard to Be a Wife". This song later appeared on the compilation album Grand Ole Opry 75th Anniversary, Vol. 2. The concert would get a CMA nomination for Vocal Event of the Year.
  • 2000
    Age 27
    In the last months of 2000, Paisley had a relationship with fellow country music singer Chely Wright.
    More Details Hide Details Unbeknownst to Paisley, Wright and her female partner had moved together into a new home earlier in the year. In her autobiography, Wright expressed remorse for how she treated him.
    Later in 2000, Paisley won the Country Music Association's (CMA) Horizon Award and the Academy of Country Music's best new male vocalist trophy.
    More Details Hide Details He received his first Grammy Award nomination a year later for Best New Artist.
    The album also produced a Top 20 hit with "Me Neither" and his second number 1 hit, "We Danced", both in 2000.
    More Details Hide Details By February 2001, the album was certified platinum.
  • 1999
    Age 26
    Within a week after graduating from Belmont, Paisley signed a songwriting contract with EMI Music Publishing; and, he wrote David Kersh's "Top 5" hit, "Another You", as well as David Ball's 1999 single, "Watching My Baby Not Come Back."
    More Details Hide Details The latter song was also co-written by Ball. His debut as a singer was with the label Arista Nashville, with the song "Who Needs Pictures" (released February 22, 1999). In May of that same year, he made his first appearance on the Grand Ole Opry. Seven months later he had his first No. 1 hit with "He Didn't Have to Be," which detailed the story of Paisley's frequent co-writer Kelley Lovelace and Lovelace's stepson, McCain Merren.
    Starting with his 1999 debut album, Who Needs Pictures, he has released 10 studio albums and a Christmas compilation on the Arista Nashville label, with all of his albums certified Gold or higher by the RIAA.
    More Details Hide Details He has scored 32 top 10 singles on the U.S. Billboard Country Airplay chart, 19 of which have reached #1. He set a new record in 2009 for most consecutive singles (ten) reaching the top spot on that chart. Paisley has sold over 12 million albums and won three Grammy Awards, 14 Academy of Country Music Awards, 14 Country Music Association Awards, and two American Music Awards. He has earned country music's crowning achievement, becoming a member of the Grand Ole Opry. Brad Paisley also wrote a few songs for Pixar's Cars franchise ("Behind the Clouds", "Find Yourself", "Collision of Worlds" (along with Robbie Williams) and "Nobody's Fool").
  • 1995
    Age 22
    He was awarded a fully paid ASCAP scholarship to Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee, where he majored in music business and received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the Mike Curb School of Music Business in 1995.
    More Details Hide Details He interned at ASCAP, Atlantic Records, and the Fitzgerald-Hartley management firm. While in college, he met Frank Rogers, a fellow student who went on to serve as his producer. Paisley also met Kelley Lovelace, who became his songwriting partner. He also met Chris DuBois in college, and he, too, would write songs for him.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1991
    Age 18
    Paisley graduated from John Marshall High School in Glen Dale, West Virginia, in 1991, and then studied for two years at West Liberty State College in West Liberty, West Virginia.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1972
    Born
    Paisley was born on October 28, 1972, in Glen Dale, West Virginia.
    More Details Hide Details He is the only child of Douglas Edward "Doug" Paisley, who worked for the West Virginia Department of Transportation, and Sandra Jean "Sandy" (née Jarvis) Paisley, a teacher. He was raised in Glen Dale, West Virginia. He has stated that his love of country music stems from his maternal grandfather, Warren Jarvis, who gave him his first guitar, a Sears Danelectro Silvertone, and taught him how to play at eight years old. At ten, he performed for the first time in public by singing in his church. He later recalled that, "Pretty soon, I was performing at every Christmas party and Mother's Day event. The neat thing about a small town is that when you want to be an artist, by golly, they'll make you one." At age 13, he wrote his first song, "Born on Christmas Day". He had been taking lessons with local guitarist Clarence "Hank" Goddard. By 13, Goddard and Paisley formed a band called "Brad Paisley and the C-Notes", with the addition of two of Paisley's adult friends.
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