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 wasnt 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 Gilbert was born and raised in the small town of Jefferson, Georgia, just outside of Athens city limits. It is that upbringing and small town influence Gilbert credits toward allowing him to cultivate his unique sound. With well-known rock bands REM and the B-52s having roots nearby, Brantleys 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, Brantley began to notice familiar faces in the crowds. A group of believers who shared his passion for life and music had developed, and pretty soon the following had taken-on a life of its own. He quickly realized that his acoustic shows however intimate didnt satisfy his audiences thirst for his rock-infused country music. In order to meet their demand, he formed a band.
"We went from these acoustic shows to a bona fide Country-Rock-Soul show that is wide open," says Brantley. "Even when we play a ballad, its 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 country superstar Jason Aldean and earned a spot on his Wal-Mart exclusive and iTunes release, Wide Open.