The Prince of Country Music
Brad Paisley has become one of country music’s biggest stars over the past two decades. With an unmatched guitar talent, clever songwriting, and undeniable charisma, Paisley has crafted an impressive career filled with hit songs, awards, and arena-filling tours.
Paisley got his start in West Virginia, where he received his first guitar at age 8. He quickly demonstrated natural musical ability, learning techniques by ear and performing publicly by age 10. Paisley was heavily influenced by the country stars of the 1980s and 90s like George Jones, Buck Owens, and Alan Jackson. After high school, Paisley moved to Nashville to pursue a career in country music.
Paisley’s debut album Who Needs Pictures was released in 1999 and featured his breakout hit “He Didn’t Have to Be.” The song’s emotional depiction of stepfatherhood earned Paisley attention right away. His blend of traditional country songwriting and slick, modern production set the stage for a new generation of country music.
Over the next two decades, Paisley steadily churned out hit songs and platinum albums. Major singles like “I’m Gonna Miss Her,” “Little Moments,” and “She’s Everything” showcased his sentimental songwriting and instrumental talents. Onstage, Paisley wowed crowds with his custom-designed line of guitars and incredible guitar solos. His charm and humor during live shows earned him a dedicated fanbase.
To date, Paisley has released 12 studio albums, all on Arista Nashville. He has scored over 20 #1 country hits and sold over 15 million albums. His list of accolades includes 3 Grammys, 2 American Music Awards, 3 CMA Entertainer of the Year awards, and 14 Academy of Country Music Awards. Paisley continues to be a major force in country music and a role model for up-and-coming artists. His latest album, 2021’s 29: Written in Stone, features the top 10 hit “City of Music.”
With charisma, talent, and longevity, Brad Paisley has cemented himself as a country legend. His catalog of music will influence the genre for generations to come. Paisley remains one of country’s most relevant artists and he shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon.