Life Before Fame: American Idol Judge Luke Bryan

Luke Bryan performs on stage for day 4 of the 2019 CMA Music Festival on June 09, 2019 in Nashville, Tennessee.

9. September 2019 - 09:46 Uhr / Cynthia Springer

Luke Bryan is more than just a judge on American Idol... he's a multi-award winner country star! At the youthful age of 43, Bryan is one of the most successful country musicians of this day, selling over seven millions album worldwide. Check out more on Luke Bryan's life before fame in our article!

Thomas Luther Bryan was born and raised in Leesburg, Georgia, on July 17th, 1976. His father was a peanut farmer and he grew up with his mom and 2 older siblings. Although his parents were never musicians themselves, Bryan always had a large infatuation with music. His main influences were country singers George Straight and Merle Haggard.

Luke Bryan at the iHeartRadio Music Festival on September 22, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

By the age of 14, Bryan's parents had bought him his first guitar. He was a quick learner and soon began to start singing and playing with his own band that he started. He also participated in his high school musicals and choir for even more practice.

Tragedy Struck

Bryan's initial dream after graduating high school was to head to Nashville to pursue his musical career. However, his older brother was tragically killed in a car accident, which prompted him to stay in Georgia with his family. He ended up attending Georgia Southern University where he received his bachelor's degree in business administration. During his time in college, Bryan would rekindle with his future wife, Caroline Boyer. The two have been married since 2006 and have two sons together.

Luke Bryan and wife Caroline Boyer attend the 2019 CMT Music Award on June 05, 2019 in Nashville, Tennessee.

In 2007, another traumatic incident struck when Bryan's sister, Kelly, unexpectedly passed away for unknown causes. A few years later, her husband also passed. Luke and his wife immediately took on the responsibility of raising their two nieces and nephew.

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Starting His Career

It wasn't until 2001 that Bryan moved to Nashville, where he performed in local bars with his own music. Luckily for Bryan, an A&R rep from Capital Records saw him performing one night and the next day he was signed onto the mega record label.

Luke Bryan performs onstage during the 'What Makes You Country' tour stop at Dodger Stadium on July 28, 2018 in Los Angeles, California.

Today, Luke Bryan has overcome his tragedies with music and help of his supportive family. The country star has won a grand total of 35 awards! This includes the Country Music Association's (CMA's) 'Entertainer of the Year' award and most recently, the CMT Music Award for 'CMT Performance of the Year', where he and Jason Derulo won together.

Luke Bryan and Jason Derulo accept an award onstage during the 2017 CMT Music Awards at the Music City Center on June 6, 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee.

Luke Bryan has influenced the lives of many through his country tunes. We're happy to see more of him as a judge on American Idol!