Luke Bryan was born Thomas Luther “Luke” Bryan on July 17, 1976 in Leesburg, Georgia. He was given a guitar at the age of 14 by his parents and would play in local bars. He even started writing his own music when he was 16. He graduated Lee County High School and was ready to move to Nashville to pursue a career in country music. Unfortunately, on the day he was moving to Nashville he lost his brother in a car accident. Needless to say, it kept him from moving to Nashville right away, instead he decided to stay at home with his family. He attended and graduated Georgia Southern University, where he became a member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity. He then worked with his father’s peanut farm before his father convinced him to move to Nashville and pursue his dreams.

It took Luke 3 years to land a record deal, however he gained work as a songwriter within two months of moving to Nashville. He started by writing songs for Travis Tritt and Billy Currington. One song that is well-known is Billy Currington’s “Good Directions”, which was actually written by Luke. He signed with Capitol Records in 2007 and has released three number one hits, “Rain Is a Good Thing”, “Someone Else Calling You Baby” and “I Don’t Want This Night to End”. He is one to have a good time through and through, and has previously thrown a beer into the audience during his spring break concerts in Daytona Beach, Florida. He has toured with Kenny Chesney and Trace Adkins, and loves to go fishing much like Adkins. He is married to Caroline Bryan and has two sons, Thomas “Bo” Boyer and Tatum Christopher. For more information on Luke Bryan, click here.

My favorite songs by Luke Bryan are “If You Ain’t Here to Party”, “Do I”, and “Rain is a Good Thing”.

“If You Ain’t Here to Party” — Most of Luke’s songs are light hearted and fun, and this is like them. This song is basically a call to those who like to party hard, and a rejection to those who don’t. Luke sings, “if you ain’t here to party/you picked the wrong place/you picked the wrong Friday night/if you ain’t here to party/you’ll be missin’ out on the/best damn time of your life”. He also sings that “you might as well go on/and head your ass back home/if you ain’t here to party”. I like to party and let loose when I can, and this is one of those songs that just warns those who aren’t ready to party. This is something to keep in mind moving on. To watch this song, click here.

“Do I” — This song speaks to those who have had a relationship that was fun and cherishable in the beginning, but is now not as joyous. Relationships are a learning curve in life, and one that is hard to master. This song speaks about the mistakes that can turn a relationship from good to bad. At the end Luke states, “do I get one more try”, a question often pondered and asked by many. To watch the music video for this song, click here.

“Rain is a Good Thing” — This is one of his fun loving songs, but also one that speaks about appreciation. In the beginning of the song he states, “my daddy spent his life lookin’ up at the sky/he’d cuss, kick the dust, sayin’ son it’s way too dry/it clouds up in the city, the weather man complains/but where I come from, rain is a good thing”. The first line of the song is a shout out to his father who is a peanut farmer. The rest of the song sings about the appreciation he has for Mother Nature and for the rain. He shows that some people hate when it rains, but he is a firm believer that “rain is a good thing”. I do appreciate Mother Nature and I actually love the rain. I find it calming and will continue to do so as I get older. The music video for this song can be found below.

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I am a senior at Seton Hall University, majoring in Public Relations.

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