Brantley Gilbert: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

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Brantley Gilbert is quickly making a name for himself in the new age of country music as a megastar. The country singer had his songs performed by Jason Aldean, and his last two records have shot up the charts with the last record The Devil Don’t Sleep debuting at number one on the Billboard Country Charts.

Gilbert married his sweetheart and still calls Jefferson, Georgia home. He is driving a new brand style of outlaw country music that fuses rock, hip-hop, and pop along with Eric Church, Thomas Rhett, and Sam Hunt. We want to celebrate his success with 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know about Brantley Gilbert.

1. Brantley Gilbert Wrote hit Songs for Jason Aldean

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Brantley Gilbert is originally from Georgia but came to Nashville to be a songwriter. He released a few successful albums including his debut Modern Day Prodigal Son, and the follow-up Halfway to Heaven.

In 2010 Gilbert’s full-fledged songwriting capabilities came out in force when two of his songs ended up being recorded by Jason Aldean including “Dirt Road Anthem”, and “My Kinda Party.” Both songs were originally recorded by Gilbert and appeared on his first two records.

Aldean also recorded Gilbert’s song “The Best of Me” from Aldean’s album Wide Open.

2. His Song “More Than Miles” was Inspired by his Wife

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In 2015 Gilbert wed a schoolteacher named Amber Cochran in a small intimate gathering at his home. Gilbert has admitted that his singles “You Don’t Know Her Like I Do”, and “More Than Miles” were inspired by his wife.

Amber Cochran is from Gilbert’s hometown in Georgia. Gilbert has gone on to say about his wife: “She respects the fact that it is a broken road… All these other relationships did get me back to her.”

3. His Album Just As I Am was a Huge Success

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Just As I Am was Gilbert’s third studio album and was released in 2014. The single “Bottoms Up” shot to number one and the record was met with favorable reviews. Jon Caramanica of The New York Times said of the album, and that Gilbert: “is a lunk with poet dreams, a bodybuilder cradling a newborn.”

The album debuted at number 2 and topped the Country Albums chart selling over 211,000 albums in the US.

4. Gilbert’s Latest Record The Devil Don’t Sleep Debuted at Number one

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His fourth record was released in late January of 2017 and shot to number one on the Billboard Country Charts. The record also charted in New Zealand, Canada, and Australia.

The record includes the song “The Weekend” and was also released as a deluxe edition with a bonus disc that includes demos and live recordings at the famed Red Rocks Amphitheatre.

5. Fellow Country Singer Corey Smith is from Gilbert’s Hometown

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Brantley Gilbert calls Jefferson, Georgia home. Fellow country crooner Corey Smith also hails from Jefferson. Smith has released a total of nine albums through independent labels.

Smith’s 2011 record The Broken Record peaked at number 14 on the Billboard Country charts, while his next two records Maysville in the Meantime and While the Gettin Is Good both charted well.