Brantley Gilbert is probably one of my favorite country artist out on the scene right now. Okay, retract that, Brantley Gilbert is my favorite singer period. Sorry for being biased, but we all have our own opinions right? His music has got me through so much. From deaths, to heartbreak, to rocking his CD as I cruise down the road. Each song has such a familiarity to life which makes it even easier to relate. As a huge fan, I’ve been following him since before he made it big in the country scene the past year. I couldn’t be happier for such a humble and thankful person. He truly deserves it. Enough of my bragging about Brantley.
He is originally from Jefferson, Georgia. He originally gained respect by writing for Colt Ford and Jason Aldean. ‘Dirt Road Anthem?’ Yup Mr. Gilbert wrote that. Initially, Brantley was singed to Colt Ford’s record label, but Brantley made the move to Valory Music Co. Brantley has a bad boy image which he is known for. I mean what lady doesn’t love a bad boy? Although, Brantley cleaned up his appearance and quit drinking. One night he got into a car accident at the age of 19. He had been drinking and decided to drive home along U.S 129. His truck flipped over six times before hitting a tree and came to a halt. He was ejected out of the back window of his truck. Amazingly he survived. A higher force was with him that night.
He had a talk with his mother and made the decision to chase down his dream of music. He wrote music about his accident. The album ‘ Halfway to Heaven’ is designed to reflect on that time of his life. He said if he can make it through something as crazy as that, than life has something in store for him and he is meant to be alive. Amen to that! ‘ Halfway to Heaven eventually made it to # 2 on country songs after a slow and strenuous climb.
He recently released ‘Just as I am’ and it still has his bad boy flare along with some slower tempo songs that show off his raspy tone. His song ‘ Bottoms up” hit number 1 on country air waves! Small Town Throw down, which he sings with his friends Thomas Rhett and Justin Moore hit # 21 on U.S country charts.
Each song has a special meaning to him and comes from his heart. The song ” She’s my kind of Crazy” is an actual personal experience of Brantley’s with a girl who he was dating. Another song ‘ Saving Amy’ came from a personal experience of a high school friends whose boyfriend was killed in a car wreck the night he proposed. He wrote the song for over a year and couldn’t quite find the finishing touches. He changed in the name in the song to Amy, without realizing that another friend of his proposed to his girlfriend named Amy and was hit by a train on his way home. Proves to us that life is pretty crazy, huh?
After all Brantley Gilbert is a southern, down to earth, respectful man. “I’ve realized that life can be very short, and everyone should take advantage of it,” says Gilbert. “If you’re gonna live, do something with it. Make it great.”