Guest Author - Kathy Lyngholm
Hot on the heels of his latest release “5th Gear” Brad Paisley took home two of Country Music’s highest honors when he won Male Vocalist of the Year at the 41st Annual CMA Awards and at the 2007 ACM Awards.
Brad has had a stellar year with several number one hits, the birth of his first child (William Huckleberry) and winning both on the CMA and ACM awards shows. Some people still doubt the talent that Brad shows because of his fondness for writing and performing “gimmicky” songs such as Online and Ticks. He showcases his talent on the ballads that he sings too, such as the duet with Dolly Parton When I Get Where I’m Going and with Alison Krauss Whiskey Lullaby, both songs were nominated for awards on both the CMA and ACM awards shows.
Brad knew from the beginning that he wanted to play music, it all started with his Grandfather teaching him to play when he was 8, he received his first guitar at that age and never looked back. He started writing songs at the age of 12 and was asked to perform at his junior high principals Rotary Club meeting.
Winning awards is not new to Brad, he won the Horizon Award and New Male Vocalist awards at the CMA’s in 2000, then picked up a Grammy nomination in 2001. He joined the Grand Ole Opry in 2001 after first performing for the first time in 1999.
Brad seems to have a wonderful sense of humor and loves to show it off in his songs, for example 2002s I’m Gonna Miss Her (The Fishing Song) the video that featured his future wife Kimberly Williams. In 2003, Brad released Celebrity that pokes all kinds of fun at celebrities and the demands that some place on venues and their “handlers”.
She’s Everything and The World were released in 2005/2006 and both showed the serious side of Brad and how he can express his emotions in song.