A triple threat as a singer, songwriter and guitar player, Brad Paisley is one of country music’s most versatile talents. He is equally skilled at delivering fun, quirky hits such as “Ticks,” “Online” and “Celebrity” and poignant slices of life like “Waitin’ on a Woman,” “She’s Everything” and “Today.”
A native of Glen Dale, West Virginia, Brad developed his love for country music at an early age. His grandfather gave him his first guitar and taught him how to play. At 10 years old, he made his first public performance singing in church and there was no stopping the precocious young entertainer after that. By the time he was 13, he had begun writing songs and had started his first band. He soon became a weekly performer on Wheeling, West Virginia’s popular “Jamboree USA” show, and spent the next eight years opening for major country acts such as George Jones, Charley Pride, the Judds and Ricky Skaggs.
After attending college for two years in West Virginia, he transferred to Nashville’s Belmont University to pursue his country music dreams. He continued to develop his skills and, soon after graduation, signed a publishing deal with EMI Music Publishing. He penned songs for other artists, including David Kersh’s top five hit “Another You,” but it didn’t take long before it was Brad’s voice carrying his songs up the charts.
He signed a deal with Arista Nashville and made his debut in February 1999 with the album “Who Needs Pictures,” which spawned the No. 1 hits “He Didn’t Have to Be” and “We Danced.” The project was certified platinum, and Brad emerged as one of country music’s most promising newcomers, winning the CMA’s Horizon Award in 2000 as well as the ACM’s best new male vocalist trophy. In February 2001, Brad received one of country music’s greatest honors when he became a member of the Grand Ole Opry.
In the last two decades, Brad has populated country radio with such hits as “I’m Gonna Miss Her (The Fishin’ Song),” “Whiskey Lullaby,” “Mud on the Tires,” “Alcohol,” “Letter to Me,” “Old Alabama,” “Welcome to the Future,” “Southern Comfort Zone” and “Perfect Storm.” His most recent album, 2017’s “Love and War,” features collaborations with Mick Jagger, John Fogerty, Timbaland and Bill Anderson, and spawned the No. 1 single “Today.”
The three-time Grammy winner has scored numerous accolades, including the CMA’s Entertainer of the Year. He has also collected three CMA male vocalist of the year titles and has been named the ACM’s top male vocalist in five consecutive years (2007-2011). For the last 10 years, he and pal Carrie Underwood have served as hosts for the CMA Awards, earning praise for their comedic timing and engaging banter.
Out of the spotlight, Brad makes his home just outside Nashville. He’s been married to actress Kimberly Williams Paisley since 2003. The two met when Kim appeared in Brad’s video for the song “I’m Gonna Miss Her (The Fishin’ Song).” The couple has two adorable sons, Huck and Jasper.