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Brad Paisley: Inspired by a Guitar

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Brad Paisley is an American songwriter and country music singer who was born on October 28th, 1972 in Glen Dale, WV. He discovered his passion for the country music when his maternal grandfather gave him a guitar when he was only 8 years old. When Brad was 12 years old he wrote his first song and when he was 13 he already participated in the opening acts of other country singers such as George Jones and Ricky Skaggs.

When Brad finished his high school studies he enrolled at the Belmont University where he met Frank Rogers, another student who later became his producer. In the University he also met Kelley Lawrence who became his songwriter partner. After graduating from Belmont in 1999, he signed with EMI Music Publishing and he debuted with the album “Who Needs Pictures” and on December of the same year he had his first number one hit called “He Didn’t Have To Be”.

By 2000 Brad won the Country Music Association’s (CMA) Horizon Award and The Academy of Country Music’s trophy and a year later he received his first Grammy nomination and he was also inducted into the Opry Hall of Fame. In the same year he also released his second record entitled “Part II”. By 2002 Paisley won the CMA award for the video of his song "I’m Gonna Miss Her (The Fishin’ Song)".

“Mud on the Tires” became his third disc released (2003). This album reached the #1 position in the Billboard 2004. One year later he launched his fourth record named “Time Well Wasted” which contains songs featuring Alan Jackson and Dolly Parton.

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