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Brad Paisley

Arguably the preeminent male country artist to emerge in the 2000s, Brad Paisley cannily blended the past with the present, paying constant tribute to his forefathers -- when he reached the top of the charts, he still found space for Little Jimmy Dickens and George Jones in his videos -- but pushing the music forward into the new millennium, expanding its sonic and thematic possibilities. This sense of adventure could be heard on 2009's American Saturday Night, a big-hearted and eclectic record that won crossover acclaim, but by the time of its release, Paisley was already a country superstar and no stranger to the top of the charts. American Saturday Night was his fifth number one album on the Billboard Country charts -- the streak started with his third album, 2003's Mud on the Tires; his first five albums all went platinum, as well -- and he had 13 number one country singles, including such modern country staples as "I'm Gonna Miss Her (The Fishin' Song)," "Mud on the Tires," "The World," "She's Everything," "Ticks," "Online," "Letter to Me," and "I'm Still a Guy" -- a varied collection of songs that showcased his wry humor, hard-earned sentimentality, and prowess as a guitarist. As he entered into his second decade as a recording artist, the hits kept coming -- 2011's This Is Country Music and 2013's Wheelhouse both entered the Billboard 200 at number two -- as the onetime Young Turk slowly but surely started the transition into becoming an elder statesman himself.

Born in Glen Dale, West Virginia on October 28, 1972, Brad Paisley began playing guitar at the age of eight when his grandfather gave him a Silvertone Danelectro. Within two years, Paisley gave his first public performance at a local church, and around that time he started getting guitar lessons from Clarence "Hank" Goddard. The student and pupil joined forces with a couple of Goddard's pals to form Brad Paisley & the C-Notes; around this time, the budding guitarist also began writing his own songs. His first real break arrived when his junior high school principal invited Paisley to play at the local Rotary Club, where Tom Miller, the program director of WWVA, one of the major country radio stations in the market, heard him. Miller extended an invitation to the young guitarist to play on the station's Saturday night show Jamboree USA and his initial appearance was so well-received he was asked to become a regular on the broadcast. Over the next eight years, Paisley appeared on weekly on Jamboree USA, opening for such stars as Little Jimmy Dickens, Roy Clark, Ricky Skaggs, and the Judds. He stayed at Jamboree USA as he graduated high school and enrolled at West Liberty State College, where he spent two years before earning a full scholarship at Belmont University in Nashville. Relocating to the Music City in 1993, Paisley attended Belmont on a full ASCAP sponsorship. While at the university, he majored in music business an interned at ASCAP and Atlantic Records and made plenty of connections, including fellow songwriter Kelley Lovelace and Frank Rogers, who'd wind up producing several Paisley records.

Upon graduation, Paisley signed a songwriting deal with EMI Music and he began placing songs on records by hit acts, highlighted by David Kersh's "Another You," which went to number three on the country charts in 1997. This tune, along with others, led to a contract with Arista Records in 1998 and the label released his first single, "Who Needs Picture," in February 1999. Four months later came a full-length debut filled with original compositions (all but one co-written). Also called Who Needs Pictures, the album took off that fall when the Lovelace co-written "He Didn't Have to Be" became Paisley's first number one hit. "Me Neither," the third single, went to 18 but its successor, "We Danced," topped the charts, starting a streak of Top Ten singles that ran uninterrupted until 2011. As he began recording his second album, Paisley worked with other artists -- notably, he collaborated with Chely Wright on her 2001 album Never Love You Enough; she also became his lover briefly -- while continuing to promote his debut, constant activity that paid off in Paisley being inducted into the Grand Ole Opry on February 17, 2001; at the age of 28, he was the youngest musician ever given the honor. Part II, his aptly named second album, came out May 29, 2001 and it confirmed his status as a rising country star. Debuting at three on the Billboard Country Album charts, Part II spawned four Top Ten singles -- "Two People Fell in Love," "Wrapped Around," "I'm Gonna Miss Her (The Fishin' Song)," and "I Wish You'd Stay" -- with "I'm Gonna Miss Her" reaching number one.

Released in the summer of 2003, Mud on the Tires was Paisley's breakthrough, debuting at number one on the Billboard Country charts and eight on the Top 200 and generating another four Top Ten singles: the cheeky novelty "Celebrity," "Little Moments," the mournful Alison Krauss duet "Whiskey Lullaby" (which went platinum), and "Mud on the Tires" (the latter going to number one). Mud on the Tires eventually went double platinum, as did its 2005 sequel, Time Well Wasted, whose four singles -- "Alcohol," the Dolly Parton duet "When I Get Where I'm Going," "The World," and "She's Everything" -- all went into the Top Ten, with all but the first reaching number one. With the sales came awards: Time Well Wasted won Best Album honors from both the Academy of Country Music and the Country Music Association in 2006, the same year Paisley earned four Grammy nominations. As the guitarist worked on his fifth studio album, he contributed two original songs to Pixar's summer 2006 film Cars and he released the seasonal Christmas in October 2006; it reached eight on the U.S. Billboard Top Country Albums chart. 5th Gear arrived in the summer of 2007 and it was an instant smash, debuting at three on the Top 200 (and number one on Billboard Country Albums) with its four singles -- "Ticks," "Online," "Letter to Me," and "I'm Still a Guy" -- all reaching number one. An expanded reissue of 5th Gear brought a fifth number one single called "Waitin' on a Woman" in 2008, which meant Paisley now held the record for most consecutive number one country hits in the SoundScan era. Also in 2008, Paisley won his first Grammy Award for "Throttleneck," which was named the Best Country Instrumental Performance; he would once again win that award in 2009 for "Cluster Puck" and he'd also take home Best Male Country Vocal performance that year for "Letter to Me."

Sitting comfortably at the top of the charts with plenty of accolades to his name, Paisley started to take some risks in 2008, beginning with the release of the almost all-instrumental Play. Buttressed with a couple of vocal performances, including the Keith Urban duet "Start a Band" that gave Brad another number one single, Play debuted well -- number one on the Country charts, nine on the Top 200 -- but not only was it his first album to not go platinum, it didn't go gold. That situation was rectified by his 2009 studio album American Saturday Night, a musically and thematically ambitious record that earned him his best reviews in the non-country press while giving him another big hit. The album debuted at number one on the country charts upon its June release (it came in at two on the Top 200) and it gave him another four big hits: "Then" and "Water," which both went to number one, and "Welcome to the Future" and "American Saturday Night," which both went to number two. For the 2010 holiday season, he released Hits Alive -- a double-disc package divided into one live set and one collection of hits -- and then returned with his seventh collection of new songs, This Is Country Music, in May 2011. "Old Alabama," the second single pulled from This Is Country Music, became Paisley's 19th number one single, followed quickly by his 20th number one, the Carrie Underwood duet "Remind Me," but there were signs of a chart slowdown when "Camouflage" became his first single in 11 years to not reach the Top Ten (it topped out at 15); similarly, This Is Country Music and American Saturday Night both stalled at gold where their predecessors had gone platinum.

As he toured This Is Country Music, Paisley also busied himself in a variety of show-biz cameos, including an appearance on the Cars 2 soundtrack and a guest spot on South Park. He also published a music-focused memoir called Diary of a Player, which was co-written by music journalist David Wild. After the tour came to a conclusion, he set out to work on his ninth album, Wheelhouse. An ambitious, genre-hopping album, the record was preceded by the "Southern Comfort Zone" single in the fall of 2012 and "Beat This Summer," which appeared a month prior to Wheelhouse's April 2013 release. Wheelhouse debuted well -- once again, he took the number one slot on Billboard's country chart and number two on the Top 200 -- but it soon got swallowed up in a media controversy concerning its album track "Accidental Racist." A duet with rapper LL Cool J, the song attempted to tackle the lasting legacy of racism but earned more attention for its clumsy lyrics from Paisley and LL Cool J. His next single, "I Can't Change the World," barely cracked the country Top 40 and its successor, "The Mona Lisa," did marginally better, peaking at 24; the album itself failed to go gold.

Within a year of the release of Wheelhouse, Paisley was back with a new single, "River Bank," which hit number 12 on the country charts. Its accompanying album, Moonshine in the Trunk, was solidly a country record, and featured duets with Carrie Underwood and Emmylou Harris. It became his eighth straight album to top the country charts, and reached number two on the pop charts. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovi
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Brad paisley is so SEXY
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christianmcm i l l a n 2 1 8
Brad Paisley is a awesome artist I love his songs
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I love all your songs and I just wish I can meet u and all the country singers like Carrie Underwood George straight and u I listen to country all the time it helps me a lot and helps me concentrate I even sing country songs in school/I am only 10 years old I am going to turn 11 year old on may 3 so I hope u comment on my message
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Don't read this cause it works, you will be kissed on the nearest friday by the love of your life, however if you don't post this, you will be injured (you won't die) in two days. Now you started this so don't stop. Post this on at least 5 songs in the next 143 minutes. When you done press ft and your lovers name will appear on the screen in big letters. This is so scary because it actually works .
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Tomorrow will be the best day of your life and if you guys don't do this in 143 min you will die and post it on five songs and if you do it you will be kissed by your crush
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I love it so much
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Cool love it so much
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1.kiss your left hand
2. Say your crush name
3.close your hand
4.Say a school day
5.Say your name
6.Open your hand post this on 15 songs and your crush will ask you out
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I love your music so so so so so so so so so so so so so so much
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First song I cried to
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Hello sexy how re you my dear. My name is Teri I have a birthday coming in two weeks from today .
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I love country music
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Nice song
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Love it!!!
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Love your music great stuff Thanks
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I lyk trayns.i also lyk to plaee gayms with my sistur
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I WOULD SAY STAND UP FOR THE GROOM !!! No McDonald's
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1.Kiss your hand
2.Say your crushes name
3.Say a school day
4.Say your name
5.Say your name
post this on 15 defferent songs and you crush will ask u out that school day
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❤️ brad paisley's music. It's the best of all times
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1.Kiss your left hand
2.Say ur crush's name
3.Close ur hand
4.Say a school day
5.Post this on 15 songs and ur crush will say they like you u and ask you out
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Country is the best
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CUNTRY
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I love Contry Music
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I love brad paisleys voice it is so good I love this song so much!! :)
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I love your songs me and NY boyfriend listen to them all the time
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brittany1984 . b s
whoever Skonjie is they obviously do not know real country
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lrt2308
.this is real country
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I love is so funny because you have a kid the strippers ionic character Woodberry Aiyanna want Anna diya Napa
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Not Real Country!
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1 kiss your left hand
2 say your crush's name
3 close your hand
4 say a school name
5 say your name and open your hand
6 post this on 15 more songs and your crush will ask you out
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Awesome guitarist. Best in the business with country guitar style.
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1. kiss the back of your hand
2. say your crush's name
3. close your hand
4. pick a school day
5. say your name
6. post this on 15 different songs and your crush will ask you out on the day you pucked
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Hi
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I love you ������������
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Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of your life. However if you don't post this you will die in two days. Now you've started reading so don't stop. This is scary. Put this on five songs in 143min. When done press f6 and your lovers name will come on the screen in big letters.
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shut the f**k up stephkz19
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stephkz19
Why is every one being so inappropriat e and mean? Did I miss something?
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!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Gay wade
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he is so awesome
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he is the best artist in the world
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stephkz19
Dear Skonjie I appreciate your loyalty to country music but Brad isn't defying country he is modernizing his own music to refect the changing times
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Let is see who can crack my code
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