Brantley Gilbert is a famous country singer and songwriter from America. He has been credited with bringing the countryside music to the fore through his soulful renditions that merge the sound and themes of the countryside. With two platinum albums to his credit and a couple of music awards, Brantley Gilbert is seen as one of the most popular country musicians today.
Brantley Gilbert was born as Brantley Keith Gilbert on 20th January 1985 in Georgia, USA. His parents Keith Gilbert and Becky Gilbert, were music lovers and would often listen to country music at their home. This developed a love of music in Brantley, too, who started dreaming of becoming a musician.
Brantley has a younger brother Kolby Gilbert who is also musically inclined but is too shy to join his brother on stage.
Brantley completed his high school graduation from Jefferson High school. He played baseball and football in school but was poor in academics. He enrolled in Georgia College and State University to study marriage and relationship counseling.
Brantley met with a serious car accident when he was just 19. The accident led to partial memory loss bringing his counseling career to an end. During this time, music was his sole respite, and he turned his energies towards it.
Music not only helped him deal with personal trauma, but it also helped him establish professionally as a popular country musician.
Brantley’s relationship status has also seen some ups and downs’. He was in a relationship with the American actress and singer Jana Kramer for some time, but they broke up in 2013 after being briefly engaged.
Later on, Brantley married his hometown, school teacher Amber Cochran. The couple has a son.
Brantley Gilbert started writing songs when he was in his late teens. He would perform solo and in groups at various local entertainment establishments like clubs and bars. He, later on, he moved to Nashville and started working under the Warner Chappell publishing banner.
Brantley released his first album titled “Modern-day prodigal son” in 2009 and a second album titled “Halfway to Heaven” in 2010.
Both the albums were released under the Average Joe’s label, which could not publicize the albums much. Despite being appreciated by critics, the albums did not do commercially very well.
Brantley decided to re-release his album but with a different label. He added some bonus tracks and re-released his second album with Valory music co. This time the album became an instant hit with its couple of songs topping the Country songs billboard charts.
Brantley went on to release two more albums Just as I am, and The Devil doesn’t sleep. Both albums have done quite well commercially and critically.
Apart from writing songs for his album Gilbert has also penned songs for his contemporaries like Jason Aldean and Colt Ford. He also goes on tours to promote his albums and performs at various music festivals.
Awards & Achievements
Brantley Gilbert’s songs have become very popular and have earned him name, fame, and recognition. He has also won many awards for his albums and songs.
Brantley Gilbert won the American Country awards for the Breakthrough single artist of the year in 2012. He also won the Country radio broadcasters award the same year.
Brantley has also won the Top new male artist from ACM awards in 2013.
Net Worth & Salary of Brantley Gilbert
Brantley Gilbert has earned a net worth of $20 million through his musical and songwriting career.
His albums Halfway to heaven and Just as I am have achieved platinum status with both the albums have sold more than a million copies. His latest album The Devil don’t sleep became the top-selling album in the US in its first week of release. The album has sold more than 200 thousand copies to date.
Brantley Gilbert is a talented artist who has worked hard to achieve success. Despite suffering from personal trauma and professional setbacks early in his life, Gilbert kept on moving ahead with determination. Now, firmly established in the musical industry, Gilbert continues to offer several melodious performances to the delight of his fans.