This Great Greek Spotlight stars popular country artist, Luke Bryan.
Growing up in Leesburg, Georgia, Luke was always interested in music. At the age of 14, his parents bought him his first guitar. It wasn’t long before Luke became a hit in his local community. When he was in high school, he started a band where he sang and preformed his own lyrics.
After graduation, Luke was ready to pursue his musical dreams and prepared to move to Nashville, Tennessee. Unfortunately, before he was about to start on the road to success, tragedy struck the Bryan family. Luke’s older brother, Chris, was killed in a car accident. Deciding to stay close to his family, he put his dreams on hold and attended Georgia Southern University. At Georgia Southern, Luke joined Sigma Chi. With the support of his brothers, he was able to get through this devastating time. After college, Luke’s dad encouraged him to move to Nashville to pursue his dreams.
In the fall of 2001, Bryan landed a songwriting contract after moving to Tennessee. When he wasn’t songwriting, he performed his own music in local bars and clubs. Lucky for Luke, a rep from Capitol Records saw him perform. Later that week Bryan was signed to the label. In the summer of 2007, Luke’s first major record was released, I’ll Stay Me. A year later he produced another hit, Doin’ My Thing. He continued releasing hit after hit until tragedy struck his life once again. In 2007, Luke’s sister Kelly passed away, the cause unknown.
Using his passion for music to get through the hard time, Luke later released his album, Tailgates and Tanlines, which includes popular songs “I Don’t Want This Night to End” and “Drunk on You”. In 2013, he released a No. 1 hit, Spring Break..Here to party.
Luke continued on the path to success when later that year, he won the Academy of Country Music’s Entertainer of the Year award. He continued releasing more hits, three of which all made their way to No. 1 on country and pop charts.
Today, Luke performs across the nation. His songs can be heard at football tailgates, date parties, and chapter meetings! He is famous among the Panhellenic community for his hit song “Sorority Girl”.