Luke Bryan is a famous country singer + songwriter and also a judge on the popular singing competition show – American Idol. He has a very approachable, down-to-earth personality and a wildly successful career. Though, life hasn't always been easy for Luke.
His music career started in 2007 and just a short three years later he received the "Top New Artist" award from the Academy of Country Music Awards. Not too shabby. And in 2013, he received the Country Music Association Award "Entertainer of the Year." He has received numerous awards over the years and has had 14 number one hits. But, unfortunately for Luke, with all the good he has received in his life, there has also been bad.
Bryan was born in Leesburg, Georgia to peanut farmers. His plan was to move to Nashville after high school graduation to pursue a singing career, but an accident in his family halted his dream.
Bryan has sold over seven million albums and 27 million singles worldwide.
Luke's older brother, Chris, was tragically killed in an auto accident when Luke was just 19-years-old.
via: GettySo, his plan to move to Nashville after high school to pursue his dreams was derailed. Suffice to say, Luke decided to stay in Georgia to be with his family.
Luke is the youngest son to LeClaire and Tommy Bryan.
via: GettyHe was born on July 17, 1976, as Thomas Luther "Luke" Bryan. I think he might get his personality from his mama.
He ended up attending Georgia Southern University and received a bachelor's degree in business administration.
via: ShutterstockHe also met his wife, Caroline, at a bar during his tenure as a student. The two married in 2006 and had two sons.
Georgia Southern University was founded in 1906 and the main or "flagship" campus is in Statesboro, Georgia.
via: ShutterstockStatesboro is located in the southeastern part of the state and is about 47 miles from Savannah.
Bryan worked at his parents' farm during the day and sang at bars at night.
via: ShutterstockBut his father "fired him" so he could pursue his dreams. And that was the best thing that could've happened to him. And so he did...
It is obvious that Luke's country roots run deep.
His most catchy (and I think popular) song to date is titled, "Country Girl (Shake It For Me)."
Luke started off in the industry writing songs for Travis Tritt and Billy Currington.
via: ShutterstockNot too long after that, Bryan signed a recording contract with Capitol Nashville. And the rest, as they say, is history. He has been on the rise to stardom since.
Not only lucky in the music industry, but he was also lucky in love. He married Caroline Boyer (his college sweetie). But, actually, the couple had split up for five years before they reconnected and sealed the deal.HuffPost. "And she was like, 'Hey, you want to come to my family’s Christmas party?' I went to the party and the rest is history."
They married in Turks & Caicos and spent their honeymoon in the Colorado mountains.
His sons are Thomas Boyer "Bo" (age 11) and Tatum Christopher (age 8).
The year 2007 was a big one for Luke. He made his appearance at the Grand Ole Opry. His sister, Kelly, had organized the event and invited all of their friends to watch him perform.
via: ShutterstockBut sadly, not even a month later, Kelly passed away in her home from "unknown causes." She was the only sibling Luke had left. Kelly had three children of her own.
What is even more disturbing is that no one could determine his sister's cause of death.
via: ShutterstockApparently, she was at home with her then 3-year-old when it happened. "The autopsies, the coroner, no one could figure it out," Luke reportedly revealed to People in 2013.
"My only older siblings...gone from the world, in a flash, in two...two different, crazy, tragic manners, that...we'll never know, and never understand." - Luke BryanAccording to Wikipedia, "The combined tragedies of losing his brother and sister is the inspiration behind the performance of Bryan's single "Drink a Beer" (written by Chris Stapleton).
His son "Bo" was born nearly a year after his sister's passing.
Shockingly, the Bryan family tragedy didn't end with the passing of his siblings.
via: ShutterstockKelly's husband, Ben (Luke's brother-in-law), had a fatal heart attack in 2014, leaving Bryan's nephew and nieces without parents.
But Luke and his wife, Caroline did not think twice...award-winning artist told People that it was a big adjustment for him to take on, especially since he had two little boys of his own."
“I woke up one day and I’m raising a teen."
The tragedies this family had to endure are unfathomable.
Luke has said that raising his teen nephew has been somewhat of a challenge.
"I have to be that parent role where if he does something, he needs to get in trouble, but I want to be a friend to him too."
And it's hard not to deny that Til has stepped in as an older brother for his sons.
Luke enjoys spending quality time with his family. He is also pretty outdoorsy, and often shares pictures on Instagram.
Bryan and his love of the outdoors led him to be the co-owner of Buck Commander.
via: GettyIf that sounds familiar to you, it is, since it's the sister company to Duck Commander – aka Duck Dynasty.