Brantley Keith Gilbert (born January 20, 1985) is an American singer-songwriter and country rock artist from Jefferson, Georgia. He is signed to Big Machine Records' Valory division, for whom he has released three albums. These albums have produced a combined six chart entries on the Hot Country Songs charts, of which three have gone to number 1. Gilbert also co-wrote Jason Aldean's singles "My Kinda Party" and "Dirt Road Anthem".
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Brantley Keith Gilbert (born January 20, 1985) is an American country music artist from Jefferson, Georgia. He was originally signed to Colt Ford's label, Average Joe's Entertainment, where he released Modern Day Prodigal Son, and Halfway to Heaven. He is now signed to Big Machine Records' Valory division, for whom he has released two albums—a deluxe edition of Halfway to Heaven and Just As I Am. These albums have produced a combined six chart entries on the Hot Country Songs charts, of which three have gone to number 1. Gilbert also co-wrote Jason Aldean's singles "My Kinda Party" and "Dirt Road Anthem".
Brantley Gilbert originally moved to Nashville as a songwriter, signed to Warner Chappell Publishing. He continued performing at local venues. In 2009, Gilbert released his debut album, Modern Day Prodigal Son, under independent label Average Joes Entertainment.Gilbert followed his debut with the second project, Halfway to Heaven, on March 16, 2010.
In February 2011, Gilbert signed with Valory Music Co., a division of Big Machine Records, who re-released Halfway to Heaven with new recordings and bonus tracks. The album was produced by Dann Huff. Its first two singles, "Country Must Be Country Wide" and "You Don't Know Her Like I Do", both went to number 1 on the Hot Country Songs chart. After it, "Kick It in the Sticks" peaked at number 34, and "More Than Miles" at number 7 on Country Airplay. He won the ACM New Male Artist award in 2013.
Gilbert's second Valory album, Just as I Am, was released on May 19, 2014. Its lead single is "Bottoms Up", which has also reached number 1. The second single is "Small Town Throwdown", which features guest vocals from labelmates Thomas Rhett and Justin Moore.
In addition to his original work, Gilbert has written songs that Colt Ford and Jason Aldean have recorded. The songs "Dirt Road Anthem" (co-written and originally recorded by himself and Colt Ford) and "My Kinda Party", were released on Aldean's 2010 album My Kinda Party. "My Kinda Party" was originally released by Gilbert on Modern Day Prodigal Son, while "Dirt Road Anthem" was later released on Halfway to Heaven. Aldean has also covered Gilbert's "The Best of Me," available on the Wal-Mart exclusive and iTunes release of his 2009 album Wide Open.
It was announced in September 2012 that Gilbert was dating country music singer and actress Jana Kramer. They had kept their relationship quiet for about eight months before the announcement. The couple got engaged on January 20, 2013, which was also his 28th birthday. They split in August 2013. Brantley Gilbert was in a near-fatal truck accident when he was only 19. Gilbert was a special-needs counselor at Friendship Elementary in Gainesville,Georgia.
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