Some genres of music are peculiar to a generation and arguably country music is gradually less appealing to the younger generation. Very few country musicians in the 21st century have been able to fuse the country sounds from the past with a breathtaking and refreshing contemporary vibe that is appreciated today. Nevertheless, Brad Paisley will definitely go down in history as one of the greats of country music.
Brad Paisley Biography (Age)
The musician was born on October 28, 1972, in Glen Dale, West Virginia. Brad attended the John Marshall High School in his place of birth. Graduating in 1991, he moved on to the West Liberty State College in West Liberty, West Virginia.
Brad earned for himself a fully paid scholarship that enabled him to further his studies at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee. He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Music Business. Upon graduation, he immediately entered into a songwriting contract with EMI where he co-wrote songs that topped the Billboard country charts.
Brad parted with EMI and signed to a new record label, Arista Nashville in 1999. He released his debut professional album titled – Who Needs Pictures, an album that went on to go platinum.
In a short time, the album sold more than 1 million copies. Brad Paisley has gone on to release eleven more studio albums. They include:
Part II (2001)
Mud on the Tires (2003)
Time Well Wasted (2005)
Brad Paisley Christmas (2006)
5th Gear (2007)
American Saturday Night (2009)
This Is Country Music (2011)
Moonshine in the Trunk (2014)
Love and War (2017)
His most recent body of work Love and War was released in April 2017 and boasts impressive and diverse collaborations with the likes of Johnny Cash, Timbaland, Mick Jagger, John Fogerty, and Bill Anderson.
His Family, Wife, and Kids
Brad was an only child born to Douglas Edward “Doug” Paisley and Sandra Jean Paisley. His father Edward was a transportation worker while his mother was a teacher. Brad credits his maternal grandfather Warren Jarvis for propelling him into music at a very young age. He bought Brad his first guitar at the age of eight and also taught him to play.
For a man that boasts impressive romantic lines in his songs, it comes as no surprise that he met with his wife in interesting circumstances. In 1995, while still in another relationship, Brad took his then-girlfriend (name unknown) to the movies, where they saw the 1991 comedy – Father of the Bride where Kimberly Williams starred in. After seeing Kimberly on the big screen, Brad left the cinema with a lasting impression in his heart for her.
After he broke up with his then date, Brad sought for Kimberly, finally got her number and the pair started an eight-month relationship. In 2002, Williams appeared in a music video for Brads track – “I’m Gonna Miss Her (The Fishin’ Song)”, the last release from his Part II Album.
Kimberly Williams is an accomplished actress in her own right; she is famous for her roles in According to Jim, Nashville, Indian Summer, Coldblooded and The War at Home. In 2000, Kimberly played Virginia in The 10th Kingdom. She also has starred in the following television productions – Boston Legal, The Christmas Shoe, Two and A Half Men and Less Than Perfect.
The couple wedded on March 15, 2003, at Stauffer Chapel – Pepperdine University. The couple has two sons – William Huckleberry (Huck) who was born on February 22, 2007, in Nashville, and Jasper Warren who is named after Brad’s granddad.
Brad Paisley’s Net Worth
Brad Paisley has had a financially fulfilling career. He has had 10 consecutive singles reach No. 1 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. His track – “Moonshine in the Trunk,” grossed nearly $500,000. Brad was listed on Forbes’ 2015 Country Cash Kings list.
Throughout his career, Brad has sold over 11 million albums, won two American Music Awards, three Grammy Awards, 14 Country Music Association Awards and 14 Academy of Country Music Awards.
Brad also authored a book – Diary of a Player: How My Musical Heroes Made a Guitar Man Out of Me in 2011. He co-wrote the book with David Wild. In the book, Brad chronicles his musical journey, discusses his beginnings with the guitar his grandad gave him. Brad Paisley has a net worth of $95 million.
Height, How Tall Is He?
With the classic cowboy look, Brad stands at 5ft 8 ½ (174 cm).