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Raised in Leesburg, Georgia - a small town that never even had a traffic light up until two years ago - Thomas Luther "Luke" Bryan grew up on a farm, spending his summers harvesting cotton and peanuts. Inspired by artists like Alabama and Ronnie Milsap, Luke began playing guitar at the age of 14, and was playing gigs in local bars only a year later. After graduating from high school the budding entertainer planned to ply his trade in Nashville, but the adventure was cut short with the untimely death of his brother Chris, who died in a car accident just a day before Luke was to leave.

Not wanting to leave during this time of need, Luke instead opted to stay with his family, enrolling in Georgia State University in nearby Athens, Georgia. Luke received a Bachelor�s degree in Business Administration and enrolled in the Sigma Chi fraternity, where he formed a band with his fraternity brothers and played two or three nights a week around pubs and honkey-tonks in Athens. After graduation Luke took a job working in his father�s peanut and fertilizer plant, and only decided to leave to Nashville at the urging of his father in 2001.

Luke�s first job in Nashville was as a songwriter - he wrote the title track for Travis Tritt�s album My Honkey Tonk History, among many others for various artists. In 2007, Luke landed a record deal with Capitol, and released his first full-length album I�ll Stay Me in late 2007. Drawing inspiration from both his country upbringing and his collegiate coming-of-age, I�ll Stay Me is equal parts classic country and hedonistic rock-and-roll. First single "All My Friends Say" reached the #5 spot on the Billboard Hot Country Songs index, and second single "We Rode In Trucks" charted in the mid-40�s as well. The boyish country crooner (looking for all the world like a Georgian Jake Gyllenhaal) will be touring with Dierks Bentley and Trace Adkins throughout the first half of 2008.

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Luke Bryan grew up in the very small town of Leesburg, Ga. Back home, he helped his father with his peanut and fertilizer businesses while playing sports and enjoying the great outdoors. Yet he can remember his mother urging him to belt out George Strait songs over and over while she drove him into town to shop. By age 14, his parents bought him an Alvarez guitar. By 15, his father would take him down to a nearby club, Skinner's, where he shared guitar licks and lead vocals with other local country singers.

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Thomas Luther "Luke" Bryan (born July 17, 1976) is an American country singer. He has two sons, Thomas Boyer Bryan, Tatum Christopher Bryan. He is married to Caroline Boyer.

Bryan began his musical career in the mid-2000s, writing songs for Travis Tritt and Billy Currington. After signing with Capitol Records Nashville in 2007, he released the album I'll Stay Me, which included the singles "All My Friends Say", "We Rode in Trucks" and "Country Man". Follow-up album Doin' My Thing included "Do I", which Bryan co-wrote with Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood of Lady Antebellum, and the number one singles "Rain Is a Good Thing" and "Someone Else Calling You Baby". Tailgates & Tanlines, released in 2011, includes "Country Girl (Shake It for Me)", and the number one singles "I Don't Want This Night to End", "Drunk on You", and "Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye". Bryan co-wrote all of his singles with the exception of "Drunk on You" and co-produced all three albums with Jeff Stevens.

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