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TWIN LAKES, WI - JULY 26: Singer/Songwriter Brantley Gilbert Headlines Country Thunder USA - Day 3, July 26, 2014 in Twin Lakes, Wisconsin.

Singer, songwriter and producer Brantley Keith Gilbert was born on this day, January 20. in 1985 in Jefferson, Georgia. He was originally signed to Colt Ford’s record label, Average Joes Entertainment, but shortly after signed with the Valory division of Big Machine Records.

Let’s celebrate Brantley’s birthday by taking a look at his biggest hits!


  • “Country Must Be Country Wide” – in 2011 Brantley scored his first #1, with the first single off the Halfway to Heaven album

Brantley Gilbert - Country Must Be Country Wide

Music video by Brantley Gilbert performing Country Must Be Country Wide. (C) 2011 The Valory Music Co., LLC#BrantleyGilbert #CountryMustBeCountryWide #Vevo #...


  • “You Don’t Know Her Like I Do” – 2012’s second most played song on country radio became Gilbert’s 2nd #1, and was a tribute to his then girlfriend, now wife, Amber

Brantley Gilbert - You Don't Know Her Like I Do

Music video by Brantley Gilbert performing You Don't Know Her Like I Do. (C) 2011 The Valory Music Co., LLC#BrantleyGilbert #YouDontKNowHerLikeIdo #Vevo #Cou...

  • “More Than Miles”– released in the Fall of 2012, this heartbreaker became a top 7 hit in 2013

Brantley Gilbert - More Than Miles

Music video by Brantley Gilbert performing More Than Miles. (C) 2012 The Valory Music Co., LLC#BrantleyGilbert #MoreThanMiles #Vevo #Country #VevoOfficial #O...


  • “Bottoms Up”-  In April of 2014, Brantley scored his 1st million-selling song with this release. His biggest hit to date, the party-anthem from the sober artist has become his signature song. 

Brantley Gilbert - Bottoms Up (Official Music Video)

Get Brantley Gilbert's song "Bottoms Up" here:iTunes: Amazon: "Bottoms Up" can be found on Brantley's latest...


  • “Small Town Throwdown” –  The 2nd single from his 3rd album, Just As I Am, had Brantley collaborating with his friends Thomas Rhett and Justin Moore. It became a top 8 hit in Spring of 2014 

Brantley Gilbert - Small Town Throwdown ft. Justin Moore, Thomas Rhett

Small Town Throwdown can be found on Brantley's latest release JUST AS I AM, click here to purchase on iTunes & Google Play:


  • “One Hell Of An Amen” – a #1 hit from 2015, Gilbert was inspired to write this when one of his close friends lost a friend who was like a brother, and had served in our Military. 

Brantley Gilbert - One Hell Of An Amen (Official Music Video)

"One Hell of an Amen" can be found on Brantley's latest album JUST AS I AM PLATINUM EDITION: #OneHellOfAnEAme...


  • “The Weekend” – This summer of 2016 top 7 hit was a first for Brantley. He co-wrote it entirely over the phone. He had never met his co-writer Andrew DeRoberts before their phone exchanges. And didn’t meet until the song was complete.

Brantley Gilbert - The Weekend (Official Music Video)

Get Brantley's latest single "The Weekend" here: Music video by Brantley Gilbert performing The Weekend. (C) 2016 Big Machin...



  • “What Happens In A Small Town” – the story goes that wasn’t sure of the song at first, so enlisted the help of songwriters Rhett Akins , Josh Dunne and Brock Berryhill, then went to Scott Borchetta, the head of his label. He asked Borchetta for help in picking a duet partner. He recommended Lindsay Ell, and the rest is top is #1 history.

Brantley Gilbert, Lindsay Ell - What Happens In A Small Town

Music video by Brantley Gilbert, Lindsay Ell performing What Happens In A Small Town. © 2019 Big Machine Label Group, LLC


Thanks for celebrating our Hearts and Strings star’s birthday with me! Don’t miss Brantley livestreamed at on February 11th with Justin Moore, Carly Pearce and Riley Green


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