Born October 28, 1972, and given his first guitar by his Grandfather Warren Jarvis, who taught him how to play when he was eight years old, Brad Douglas Paisley formed his first band, the C-Notes, wrote his first song, and played the WWVA Saturday Night Jamboree USA to a well received audience, earning a regular spot on the program at the age of twelve years old. By thirteen he opened shows for such notable Acts as Ricky Scaggs, George Jones, The Judds, Roy Clark, Little Jimmy Dickens, Steve Wariner, and Charley Pride in Wheeling, West Virginia’s Capital Music Hall.
After graduating from John Marshall High School in his home town of Glen Dale, West Virginia, Paisley attended West Liberty University, and was an ASCAP Scholarship Winner to Belmont University in Nashville, where he met his songwriting partner Kelley Lovelace, signed a songwriting contract with EMI Music Publishing after graduating, performed many Demo records, and wrote “Another You,” and “Watching My Baby Not Come Back”.
With all of his albums certified Gold or higher by the Recording Industry Association of America, twenty-five Singles placed on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts, and fourteen Number Ones, twelve of which have occurred consecutively, Singer-Songwriter Brad Paisley’s musical style often blends pop cultural references and humor with Southern Rock and Traditional Country songs.
Known as one of Country Music’s most multi-talented Performers several Big Name Artists have wanted to collaborate on projects with him including Alison Krauss, Keith Urban, Alan Jackson, George Jones, Bill Anderson, Dolly Parton, Little Jimmy Dickens, Jack Ingram, Rodney Atkins, Vince Gill, Buck Owens, Dierks Bentley, Jimmy Wayne, and Kellie Pickler, Motion Picture Stars such as William Shatner, Jim Belushi, Andy Griffith, Jerry Springer, Dan Patrick, and more, especially his wife Kimberly Williams who he met after watching the movie Father of the Bride Part II, began dating in 2001, married March 15, 2003, and has sons William Huckleberry and Jasper Warren with.
Paisley’s talents on the guitar playing such songs as “Oh Yeah You’re Gone,” “Catch All The Fish,” “She’s Her Own Woman,” “Throttleneck,” and “Cluster Pluck,” are recognized as musical extravaganzas and have helped earned him two Grammy Awards for Best Country Instrumental Performances.
With a boy-next-door wholesome image Paisley’s music runs the full emotional gauntlet, bridges the gap between Traditional and Modern Country Music, and produces award winning videos on many of life’s common subjects like “He Didn’t Have To Be,” “Who Needs Pictures,” “I’m Gonna Miss Her (The Fishin’ Song),” “Celebrity,” “Online,” “When I Get Where I’m Going,” and his Song of the Year “Whiskey Lullabye”.
Paisley’s dedication to his music shows best in his statement, “Saturday night is the one night of the week everybody is willing to be entertained, to let loose and forget about what’s going on during the rest of the week. I want every night to feel like Saturday night for people”.
Who Needs Pictures:
Paisley records his albums with his band The Drama Kings, and made his debut on Who Needs Pictures, released June 1, 1999 on the Arista Nashville record label, that contained his first Number One song “He Didn’t Have To Be,” written about his co-Writer’s Stepson McCain Merren, the three Hits “We Danced,” “Me Neither,” “Who Needs Pictures,” and songs such as “It Never Woulda Worked Out Anyway,” “Cloud Of Dust,” “The Nervous Breakdown,” and “I’ve Been Better”.
Inspired by the movie Father of the Bride Part II, released May 29, 2001, and later repackaged with Who Needs Pictures, Part II produced the Singles “Two People Fell In Love,” “I’m Gonna Miss Her (The Fishin’ Song),” “I Wish You’d Stay,” “Wrapped Around,” and “Too Country,” featuring Buck Owens, George Jones, and Bill Anderson, as well as a live version of the hymn “The Old Rugged Cross” that was performed on the Grand Ole Opry on December 16, 2000. During this time Paisley also wrote “You’ll Never Leave Harlan Alive” that was recorded by Patty Lovelace on her Mountain Soul album and by Kathy Mattea on her Coal album.
Mud On The Tires:
Released July 22, 2003 Mud On The Tires produced the four Top Five Singles “Little Moments,” “Celebrity,” “Mud On The Tires,” and “Whiskey Lullabye,” which CMT ranked as the Number Two Video of All-Time on its 100 Greatest Music Videos List in 2008. Other tracks on the album included “Kung Pao,” “The Cigar Song,” “Spaghetti Western Swing,” and “Is It Raining At Your House,” a Vern Gosdin remake.
Time Well Wasted:
Released August 16, 2005, and named the Country Music Association’s 2006 Album of the Year, Time Well Wasted produced the songs “Alcohol,” “The World,” Paisley’s highest debuting Single, “She’s Everything,” “When I Get Where I’m Going,” with Dolly Parton, “Waiting On A Woman,” that was re-recorded as a bonus track on Paisley’s 5th Gear album as well, “I’ll Take You Back,” “Easy Money,” “Out In The Parking Lot,” with Alan Jackson, and “Shatner Says Goodbye,” featuring William Shatner.
Brad Paisley Christmas:
Released October 10, 2006 Brad Paisley Christmas features Traditional Christmas songs such as “Winter Wonderland,” “Jingle Bells,” “Silent Night,” “Silver Bells,” “Away In A Manger,” and “I’ll Be Home For Christmas,” the Buck Owens song “Santa Looked A Lot Like Daddy,” and newly written Christmas songs like “Born On Christmas Day” that Paisley wrote when he was thirteen years old, and the songs “364 Days To Go,” and “Penguin, James Penguin”.
Released June 19, 2007 5th Gear produced the Hits “Ticks,” “Letter To Me,” “Online,” and “I’m Still A Guy”. 5th Gear also provided Paisley’s first Grammy Award for Best Country Instrumental for “Throttleneck,” the iTunes bonus track “You Love Me So Good,” and the songs “Bigger Fish To Fry,” featuring the Kung Pao Buckaroos, “All I Wanted Was A Car,” and “If Love Was A Plane”.
Released November 4, 2008 to mixed reviews, the mostly instrumental Play featured “Start A Band,” with Keith Urban, the only Single from the album, although Paisley recorded four other duets on Play including “Cluster Pluck,” with Vince Gill, Steve Wariner, Albert Lee, John Jorgenson, Redd Volkaert, and Brent Mason, that won him his second Grammy Award for Best Country Instrumental Performance, and the remade “Waiting On A Woman,” with Andy Griffith.
American Saturday Night:
Released June 30, 2009, and nominated for the 2010 Academy of Country Music’s Album of the Year, American Saturday Night has produced “Then,” that was performed on the popular television program American Idol, “Water,” “Everybody’s Here,” “American Saturday Night,” and “Welcome To The Future”.
Introduced by Jim Ed Brown Paisley made his first appearance on the Grand Ole Opry in May 1999, and was inducted as a member on February 17, 2001 while a letter from George Jones saying he was counting on him to show the world what real Country music is was read.
Paisley received mainstream notice in 2000, on the Learning Channel’s television program Route 66: Main Street America, that predicted he would become a wellknown Entertainer.
Paisley performed at the White House on July 21, 2009 for the “Country Music at the White House” Great American Country Television Special.
Paisley wrote “From Uncle Jimmy To Justin,” the theme song for “Opry Live” on the Great American Country television network.
Country Music Association Awards:
2000 – Horizon Award
2001 – Vocal Event of the Year
2002 – Music Video of the Year
2004 – Music Video of the Year
2004 – Musical Event of the Year
2006 – Musical Event of the Year
2006 – Album of the Year
2007 – Male Vocalist of the Year
2007 – Music Video of the Year
2008 – Male Vocalist of the Year
2008 – Music Video of the Year
2009 – Musical Event of the Year
2009 – Male Vocalist of the Year
Academy of Country Music Awards:
1999 – Top New Male Vocalist of the Year
2004 – Video of the Year
2004 – Vocal Event of the Year
2005 – Video of the Year
2005 – Vocal Event of the Year
2005 – Album of the Year
2007 – Top Male Vocalist of the Year
2008 – Video of the Year
2009 – Top Male Vocalist of the Year
2009 – Video of the Year
2009 – Vocal Event of the Year
2010 – Top Male Vocalist of the Year
2008 – Best Country Instrumental Performance
2009 – Best Country Instrumental Performance
2009 – Best Male Country Vocal Performance
TNN Music Awards:
2000 – The Discovery Award
2000 – Song of the Year
2000 – CMT Music Video of the Year
2002 – Concept Video of the Year
2005 – Collaborative Video of the Year
2006 – Most Inspiring Video of the Year
2008 – Comedy Video of the Year
2009 – CMT Performance of the Year
2009 – Collaborative Video of the Year
2009 – Male Video of the Year
American Music Awards:
2008 – Favorite Country Male Artist
1999 – Who Needs Pictures
2001 – Part II
2003 – Mud On The Tires
2005 – Time Well Wasted
2006 – Brad Paisley Christmas
2007 – 5th Gear
2008 – Play
2009 – American Saturday Night
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