Born:Jul 17, 1976 (age 42)
Years active:2000s - present
Styles:Contemporary Country, Bro-Country
Georgia native Luke Bryan has become one of the biggest stars in country thanks to his high-energy live performances and down-home charm. Although his southern party anthems have been written off by many critics over the years, his relatable songs and innate ability to connect with fans has helped him build a strong and dedicated fanbase.
After making the move to Nashville, he signed to Capitol Records in 2007, and earned a top ten hit with “All My Friends Say” later that year. His 2009 album, Doin’ My Thing, introduced a new pop-infused sound that has become his trademark. He gained two more number one singles, “Rain Is a Good Thing” and “Someone Else Calling You Baby,” from the album, which also featured an experimental cover of OneRepublic’s pop hit “Apologize.”
His career hit a new high with the release of Tailgates & Tanlines in 2011, which earned Bryan another four straight number one hits. The success of tracks like “Country Girl (Shake It for Me)” and “Drunk on You” led him to his first big genre crossover. Spring Break…Here to Party went to number on the pop charts in 2013, the same year he was awarded the prestigious title of Entertainer of the Year by the Academy of Country Music. A month later, Bryan released his fourth studio album, Crash My Party, which hit number one on both the pop and country charts. He released his latest album, Kill The Lights, on May 19, 2015.