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Like many now-famous country musicians, Brad Paisley discovered his love of music early in life - his grandfather bought him a guitar and taught him how to play at age eight. By the time he was thirteen, he became regionally known as a common opening act at the Capital Music Hall in Wheeling, West Virginia. After graduating from John Marshall High School in 1989, Paisley received a full scholarship to Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee where he studied music and composition. The premier private liberal arts university in the area, notable Belmont alumni include country musicians Josh Turner and Chad Warrix of Halfway to Hazard fame.

After graduating from Belmont in 1995, Paisley worked as a behind-the-scenes songwriter for a number of EMI artists, including David Kersh and Tracy Byrd. His big break as a solo musician occurred in 1999, when he released his first album Who Needs Pictures on county label Arista Nashville. The album spawned the #1 hit single "He Didn�t Have to Be", a heartfelt country ballad that propelled the young singer/songwriter to stardom.

Paisley�s second album, Part II, was released in 2001. Far from a sophomore slump, Part II went on to sell over a million copies (thanks to the airplay garnished by singles "Two People Fell in Love" and "I�m Gonna Miss Her") in the United States alone. Brad followed up this achievement in 2003 by releasing his most successful album to date, Mud on the Tires. Certified double-platinum by the RIAA and spawning four hit singles, Mud on the Tires showcases Paisley�s diversity as an artist, able to pen and sing both traditional western ballads and tongue-in-cheek country-pop. "Mud on the Tires", the album�s title track, reached the top of the Billboard Hot Country Tracks index and remained there longer than any song he has released since.

Brad�s most recent album 5th gear was released in mid 2007 to massive critical acclaim, nominated for two Grammy Awards and winning one for Best Country Instrumental for track "Thottleneck". Paisley recently ended a 2007-2008 tour with Taylor Swift and Rodney Atkins, and will kick off his next nationwide tour The Paisley Party in June 2008.

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Brad Paisley (born October 28, 1972) is an American country music singer and songwriter from Glen Dale, West Virginia. Brad Paisley has stated that his love of country music stems from his maternal grandfather, who gave Paisley his first guitar at age 8 and taught him how to play. At age 12, Paisley wrote his first song, and by 13 he was the opening act for country singers. Paisley graduated from John Marshall High School in Glen Dale and enrolled at Belmont University (from 1993 to 1995). While in college, he met Frank Rogers, a fellow student who went on to serve as his producer.

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Brad Douglas Paisley (born October 28, 1972) is an American singer-songwriter and musician. His style crosses between traditional country music and Southern rock, and his songs are frequently laced with humor and pop culture references.

Paisley was the 2008 CMA and ACM Male Vocalist of the Year winner. Starting with the release of his 1999 album Who Needs Pictures, Paisley has recorded seven studio albums and a Christmas compilation on the Arista Nashville label, with all of his albums certified gold or higher by the RIAA. In addition, he has charted 32 singles on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs chart, 18 of which have reached No. 1 with a record 10 consecutive singles reaching the top spot on the chart. On November 10, 2010, Paisley won the Entertainer of the Year award at the 44th annual CMA Awards.

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