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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 28 October 1972Glen Dale, West Virginia, USA
Birth NameBrad Douglas Paisley
Height 5' 9" (1.75 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Brad Paisley was born on October 28, 1972 in Glen Dale, West Virginia, USA as Brad Douglas Paisley. He has been married to Kimberly Williams-Paisley since March 15, 2003. They have two children.

Spouse (1)

Kimberly Williams-Paisley (15 March 2003 - present) (2 children)

Trivia (16)

Country singer
Brother-in-law of Ashley Williams, Neal Dodson and Jay Williams.
Attended John Marshall High School - near Wheeling, West Virginia
Briefly attended West Liberty State College - near Wheeling, West Virginia
He attended and graduated from Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee with a degree in Music Business
His duet with Alison Krauss, 'Whiskey Lullaby', was awarded with Best Vocal Event and Best Music Video from the Country Music Association in 2004. He'd won the award Best Music Video previously in 2002 for 'I'm Gonna Miss Her'.
Was nominated for a Grammy for his rendition of legendary Nashville guitar player Hank Garland's song, "The Sugarfoot Rag".
Was nominated and won an ACM for Best Vocal Performance for, "When I Get Where I'm Going" with Dolly Parton.
Brad and his wife, Kimberly Williams-Paisley, became the parents of their first child, a boy named William Huckleberry Paisley, in Nashville on February 22, 2007.
Brad and his wife Kimberly have had their first son named William. He goes by "Huck" for short.
He and his wife have a dog named Hollar whose name comes from the part of Nashville he was found in.
His favorite author is Mark Twain.
Announced that he is expecting his second child, with wife Kimberly, in April 2009. [October 15, 2008].
Second son, Jasper Warren, born April 17, 2009. He weighed 9 lbs. 10 oz.
Son-in-law of Gurney Williams and Linda Williams.
Was the only one of the music artists from Cars (2006) to return for Cars 2 (2011).

Personal Quotes (58)

I can't even imagine what Hank Garland would have become had he not been in that accident. You're talking about 40 years of lost innovation that could have come only from him.
To be a true artist, I have to be true to who I am now and write that way.
No one can make the album they made 10 years ago with a straight face. There are two reasons: one is you change as a person. To be a true artist, I have to be true to who I am now and write that way. And the second thing is these are different times.
Willie Nelson, out there 200 days a year, calls his band family. And it is.
When they say you're the best, I always remember that the majority of the audience probably thinks someone else should have gotten the award.
When you're old-fashioned like I am, you know marriage is forever. Those vows are a promise.
Country music has become the music that best represents the reality of American life.
As a guitar player, it's harder for me to impress somebody than it is to write a song that they like.
Even in your darkest moments, you'll think of something that'll crack you up.
That there's no more important decision in life than who you marry.
I love being an enigma. Every time I'm tempted to respond to someone who tries to put me in a box, politically - you know, someone who gets on the Internet and says, you're pro-gun, or you're anti-gun - I stop and say to myself, 'This is great; this is what I wanted. I wanted to be the guy you can't figure out.'
I love any and all situations where you celebrate creativity.
I have a very down-to-earth father. My wife is an actress and famous herself is more down-to-earth than anyone I know.
It just gets easier in that you become more you in the process.
My life would be very puzzling to most people if they had to follow me around for a day or two.
Deep down, I'm just a West Virginia hillbilly.
If I get an idea for a song, I have a melody for it. I'm a musician first. I'm not limited by the fretboard.
I changed my mindset and figured, Why not try to be really entertaining instrumentally?
I'm aware of the fact that a lot of talented people out there will never get this chance.
In the past, I tried to be more of a typical session guitarist. I wasn't so concerned with impressing anybody.
I have a to-do list and I have a farm I care for, and things I like to do for fun - going to movies and all that stuff. It's a painfully normal life!
It comes down to building your own world out here on the road. It's who you surround yourself with. My band and crew are really positive guys.
Alison Krauss is definitely my favorite singer that's ever lived. I've never heard anyone like her.
I don't stare at a sheet of paper and try to think of a good word to use. I try to see where the story should go.
You look out there and there's people that, their day is changed because of your contribution to it.
Anytime you do something from the heart, people just know it.
I've always known from the time I was eight years old what I wanted to do. I would have been fairly content to be someone's lead guitar player.
I love to play. When I'm off, I feel a little lost - like, shouldn't I be on stage somewhere?
I'm a huge, huge fan of almost everything British. I love 'The Office' - I was a faithful follower of that show before the American version.
My father's a firefighter. He was my whole life. And my brother-in-law and several family members are firefighters.
Date night is important, even if it's going to Schlotzsky's.
I jetset around and play these songs and get to hang with some pretty amazing people, then I go home to a really great farm, though actually it's a disaster area of a farm at the moment. But it's certainly a blast. I wouldn't trade lives with anyone right now.
I really worked to try and be creative enough on the guitar parts so those who aren't real educated would know that there was some difficulty in doing it.
I don't have, you know, an 'overcoming addiction' story, other than the guitar itself, and I haven't overcome that. I don't have a jail time, you know, story, or any arrests.
I take his talent and his passion with me - to the stage of the Opry, to the podium at the CMA Awards, to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, into my own living room. I am the realization of my grandfather's dream. I am a player.
When I got married, I hired a great choir - the St. James Choir, an all-black gospel choir - to sing at my wedding.
I've been on the road I think probably three years.
I like to look at the songs like they're little movies.
If there's a song where there's a possibility of guitar stuff that would be fun to listen to, go for it. Don't worry about what anybody thinks.
I've heard my share of Van Halen. I never liked rock.
I imagine there's a market for total depression. I grew up on George Jones and that really dark stuff.
Guitar playing isn't really for everybody.
If you fall in love with somebody, then you're not even worried about your bills. Love can take your mind off of anything.
Even on the most serious ballads, I'll throw in a tongue-in-cheek remark.
I go to eat dinner with my folks when I'm home. I think that's the trick.
If you're really on top, you probably didn't do that great, 'cause you have to water it down a bit for it to get that mass appeal.
I'm sure there are a few things in my CD collection that might surprise people. I like classical music, the blues, and I'm a big fan of alternative rock.
The nice thing about the world that I've been able to inhabit for the last couple of years is that I'm given a lot of freedom. Not all artists really get that.
No one dislikes LL Cool J. If you meet LL Cool J, you fall in love with LL Cool J. LL and I had mutual friends, and he and I had always talked about doing something. My fans know LL's music. And I love him - we're blood brothers at this point. We've been through the fire together. I know no finer person.
When you're a creative person, there are just times when you're not listening. You know, I could be looking right at you and thinking about something else.
There may be people in my audience who may not agree with me on some particular issue - you know, say, as a gun owner, they may not agree with me, or, you know, someone may not agree with me on a gay marriage topic. Any of those things. But those shouldn't be the reasons you listen to my music.
With my guys and with the way that we live out there, we work out a lot and try to eat right, but we try to basically keep it our own rhythm and our own world.
When I made 'Who Needs Pictures,' my first album, I had been west of the Mississippi River one time in my life, and that was in fourth grade. We traveled to California for vacation and stayed with some friends of my parents. It was culture shock, and it was different.
If you were to hold me to a standard of, 'What are you doing, singing about a scratch-off ticket at your level of success?' then my music's gonna be ridiculous.
I try to write like the writers I admire - I rip them off in form. It comes from George Strait and Merle Haggard records, and country music in general is really good at that, the twisted phrase... So I'm always looking for that angle in my own work.
I tended to lean towards the guys who both sang and played, such as Ricky Skaggs, Vince Gill, Steve Wariner... And at the other end of the spectrum, I had Eric Clapton in a rock and blues sense, jazz guys such as Tal Farlow and Les Paul... Then Chet Atkins-type stuff.
It's a very smart, progressive bunch, these people that make country music. They're not country hicks sitting behind a desk with a big cigar giving out record deals and driving round in Cadillacs with cattle horns on the front grille: it's a bunch of really wonderful, open-minded, great people down on Music Row that make this music.
My dad was president of the volunteer fire department, which was within walking distance to our house. I spent several days of each week there with him - any time the whistle blew, he went. It was truly inspiring to watch him lead that way.

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