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Brad Paisley Biography

Birth Place:
Glen Dale, West Virginia, United States
Country singer, actor

Fast Facts

  • His grandfather, a country-music fan, gave him his first guitar when he was 8
  • Wrote his first song, "Born on Christmas Day," when he was 12; his school principal was impressed and asked him to play it at a Rotary Club meeting
  • Performed on WWVA's "Jamboree USA," a weekly country-music radio show, after the station's program director saw him play at the Rotary meeting
  • Was a "Jamboree USA" regular for eight years, opening for country stars the Judds, George Jones and Ricky Skaggs, among others
  • Released his debut album, Who Needs Pictures, on June 1, 1999
  • Started the Brad Paisley Foundation in 2000 to help charities in and around his hometown of Glen Dale, WV
  • Made his TV acting debut in 2002 on the sitcom According to Jim, which starred his wife, actress Kimberly Williams-Paisley
  • Favorite author is Mark Twain; named his first son William Huckleberry


  • 2010CMT Music Awards-CMT Performance of the Year: nominated