Brantley Gilbert Biography
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Brantley Gilbert – Vocals & Guitar
John Merlino – Lead Guitar
Jonathan Waggoner – Bass Guitar & background vocals
Jess Franklin – Rhythm Guitar, Keys, background vocals
Ben Sims - Drums
Brantley Gilbert knows that tomorrow is no guarantee. Just over five years ago the talented singer/songwriter was ignoring his deepest ambition of becoming a country singer and was just going through the motions of everyday life. It wasn’t until a nearly-fatal car accident that Brantley opened his eyes, realized the importance of living each day to the fullest, and decided to pursue his love for music as a career.
Brantley was born and raised in the small town of Jefferson, Georgia, just outside the Athens city limits. It is that upbringing and small town influence Brantley credits toward allowing him to cultivate his unique sound. With well-known rock bands REM and the B-52’s having roots nearby, Brantley’s taste in music always swayed toward a rock feel, but his true-to-life testimony of heartache, trials, triumph, and success found a home in country music.
After taking the stage night-after-night with just his guitar and opening for other country artists throughout the southeast, Brantley began to notice familiar faces in the crowds. A group of believers who shared Brantley’s passion for life and music had developed, and pretty soon the following had taken-on a life of its own. Brantley quickly realized that his acoustic shows—however intimate—didn’t satisfy his audience’s thirst for his rock-infused country music. In order to meet their demand, Brantley formed a band.
“We went from these acoustic shows to a bona fide country-rock-soul show that is wide-ass open,” says Gilbert. “Even when we play a ballad it’s high energy.”
With the fans demanding new music from Brantley, he came to Nashville, Tennessee where he soon signed with Warner Chappell Publishing and began to develop music for a debut album release. One of his songs, “The Best of Me,” was recorded by Jason Aldean and earned a spot on his Walmart exclusive release (WIDE OPEN) and ITunes. Since, Brantley has signed a record deal with Average Joe’s Entertainment and collaborated with top-charting act and labelmate Colt Ford to write and record, “Dirt Road Anthem,” which is currently featured on Ford’s multiple-week Top 25 Billboard album, RIDE THROUGH THE COUNTRY.
“I’ve realized that life can be very short, and everyone should take advantage of it,” he said. “If you’re gonna live, do something with it. Make it great.”
And great it is. Brantley celebrates the release of his sophomore album, HALFWAY TO HEAVEN, in March 2010 leading off with the single “Kick It In the Sticks.” HALFWAY TO HEAVEN follows his 2009 release, A MODERN DAY PRODIGAL SON, which features hit singles, “G.R.I.T.S.” and “Whenever We’re Alone.”
As tour dates multiply throughout the South, Brantley’s fan base continues to expand, and like most artists these days, fans can stay updated about tour dates and news via MySpace. His page garners more than 25,000 listeners daily— a number that has brought him to the #1 spot on MySpace Music Charts for both country and southern rock.
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Brantley Gilbert is my inspiration. | Reviewer: Amberly | 3/26/13
Dear Brantley, I'm naming my son after you! Your a inspiration to me, foe the way you live life, put life through your songs, love,forgive, never regreat anything that once made you smile && how you take every chance you get.. All of your songs are great, but you don't know her like i do, really hits home with me.. it's word for word what i've been going throught, been in love with the same guy for 4 years now, && he barley even knows my name. still in love with him, but get treated like shiz everyday, i just can't seem to break away. I mean that boy is my best friend && there's no way anybody's going to help me, he really is the only one who can, && peolpe will never know how much i've got to loose, because they don't know him like i do.. those words are like a dagger to the heart... realllllly amazing job with this song!!! (: i love you Brantley && congradulations with Jana, hope all goes well && i'm proud to see that you found what you were looking for. -Amberly<3 ps............. Christopher Roy Hardiman, if you come across this, i STILL love you.........
Concert In Kuwait | Reviewer: Mr. Dave | 3/25/13
You played for my Army son and I thanks you. He enjoyed the music and posted his thanks on FB right after you played. Thank you and our USO for your service.
Dad of Army Son, Dustin
reviewer:alex raborn | Reviewer: alex | 2/6/13
Dear BG I am a huge fan of yours, i am from hazen arkansas not to far from little rock. I saw you play at barton collosuem for the first time an it was awesome.I just wanted to let you know that you are the awesomest person in the world i love your music,because i can relate to it because i am a country boy.I just want to thatn you for being you. BG all the way
Your My Inspirtation(: | Reviewer: lauren | 1/22/13
hey Brantley gilbert I seen the mistakes you have made and realized you got up and changed your life I'm going through some pretty rough times right now and i'm slowly but surely getting on my own two feet I just turned 18 years old on August 10th of 2012 and I have had a rough past and I realize what you have been through and realized you got up and made a change to better yourself when I feel down I always listen to your music because your voice is sooooo soothing and it helps me relax and calm down and it makes me cry on some songs but every once In a while it's what I need i'm so grateful for you realizing you could be famous because there are so many people out there that are looking up to you I know I am my dream before I die one day is to meet you I have posters and everything of you I just think your so good lookinh and such a gentle man that I don't understand how your single but hey it's your life not mine gosh I hope one day I can walk up on stage and meet you and just have a hug from the biggest inspiration in my life god bless you and have a good day(:
P.s Love The BG Nation(:
Lauren Elizabeth Brantley(: <3
You idiots | Reviewer: Maciain | 1/6/13
I love brantly Gilbert but this is a biography people. Somebody else wrote this. If it was brantly Gilbert himself that wrote this it would be an autobiography. Therefore 90% got your hopes up for absolutely nothing.
I LOVE YOU!! | Reviewer: Robin | 12/22/12
Brantley,I absoulty LOVE your music. And when I say LOVE I mean I listen to your music 24/7! I love how all of your songs! And I love how you put so much passion in your songs no matter what it is your KICK ASS at it!
P.S. I am SSSOOOOO IN LOVE with you <3 (:
Awesome | Reviewer: Joey | 12/13/12
I think "Country Must Be Country Wide" is true, even though I live in MA. I went to the concert in Lowell that you did with Eric Church in March, it was awesome, first concert I been to. I'm stone cold country by the grace of god, you're an inspiration to me and I can't wait to get another cd, I have Halfway to Heaven, my brother and I like your music.
lookalike | Reviewer: MikeW | 11/30/12
Hey Brantley I no u get this all the time but im a big fan and your the shit! my favorite song of yours is play me that song! I just want u to no that your an inspiration to me someone I look up to! your the best man keep it up!
I dont know where to start!! | Reviewer: Bree Scoggins | 11/25/12
My name is Bree Scoggins, Im 12 almost 13 on January 27th! I go to Ocoee Middle School in Tn. Im from Polk County && I LOVE your music. I know everyword to every song you have. I have your HalfWay To Heaven cd! I listenin to it everyday! Never fails. Im ya biggest fan ever!! I have like 20 pictures of you on my facebook!! Your awesome. And your my rolemodle. I want to be just like you!!You inspire me, and i sing your songs, Not very well but i dont care! I still song them!(: One day i hope i can meet ya. That would be great!(: I never been to one of your concerts before. But i plan to go one day!! Thats my goal. I love your music. I dont really have a favorite. But if i had to chose then it would either be "Savin Amy","Fall into me" Or "Hell on wheels" Your an amazing singer. If you wouldnt have been a singer. Then i would still like Kenny Chesney!! But i dont know more! I listen to you. And thats all i listen to! I love your Kickin It In The Sticks video. Its amazing!!<3 I know you here this stuff all the time. But i would do ANYTHING to meet you. If i did. I would never forget!!(: Your my rolemodle I plan to meet you one day!!(:
~Ya Biggest Fan Everr!!!(: Bree Scoggins!<3
Andd!!! | Reviewer: Bree Scoggins | 11/25/12
And i write Bg on my hand! I write it like you do! Well like you do in your Country Must Be Country Wide video. I love it. I write it all over my papers in school!!(: Anyway. I guess this is it. Byee!(:<3
i love u so much | Reviewer: marykate watkins | 11/9/12
brantley you r a wonderful singer and you r my favorite country singer . i also live in jefferson ga and i want you to come back to my school again this year wjms . and i love singing to i want to be just like u keep your dreams up .
INSPRIATION! | Reviewer: Allexus | 10/22/12
You are truley a wonderful person ,and give me so much inspration. You are down to earth and a mixture of country ,and rock music. Your songs are so wondreful ,and you mean so much to me as a freshman. I love all your songs and everything about you. Can't wait to see you in person one day at a concert! But I'm doing a powerpoint right now on you why you are a leader for people and students. Wish me luck!
i love you | Reviewer: Shyan clark | 10/7/12
Brantley I have never been to one of your concerts or seen you in person but I absolutely LOVE your music I used to listen to all rap and pop music until my sis a couple years ago met a girl named Audrey who introduced us to country music at first we absolutely loved Jason aldean and still do and then we soon heard your your song you don't know her like I do and ever aince then I fell in love with you and your music :) I just recently heard your song halfway to heaven and realized what it was about and it really made me think about life a:) and I just love you you and jason aldean :)
bg | Reviewer: Mary LeSesne | 8/27/12
Just went to your Atl concert,on 8/24 YOU ROCKED IT ,Our Family was very impressed with your show,You def have it going on with the younger crowd ,my daughter is 13 ,and it was her very first concert ever,YOU LEFT A lasting impression that will always be cherished!!!!Keep up the good work!!!God Bless!hope to see you again!
Emily | Reviewer: love BG | 8/21/12
Hey Brantley, my name is Emily and like all the others I just wanted yo tell ya how much I love you and your music! Your music hits me more then anyone else's! I just saw you you concert August 15 at the WV state fair you souned absolutely amazing!! It was truly badass!! ;-) I along with there girls have this obsession with you! Whenever I hear your voice, name your see your picture I get butterflies I know that sounds weird but I'm saying this not cause I want you to think that I'm some weird fan cause I am! But because I wanted you to know!! I'm am your Biggest fan and always have been! I would do anything to meet you in person! And if you ever need a female vocalist you should let me know cause I used to sing and had to give up cause I felt like it wasn't going to get me anywhere! Oh and I also know every song you sing even you promised which is an awesome song and I think would be great on one of your future albums!!!
Love Emily <3
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