Contemporary country singer/songwriter Brad
Paisley was born October 28, 1972, in Glen Dale, WV; given his first
guitar at age eight, he delivered his first public performance at church
two years later. With his 50-something guitar teacher Clarence "Hank"
Goddard and two of the older man's seasoned musician buddies, the
teenaged Paisley formed his first band, the C-Notes, and at age 12 began
writing his own material.
After performing in front of the local Rotary Club, he was invited to
appear on Wheeling station WWVA's famed Saturday night broadcast
Jamboree USA. Paisley's debut was so well-received that he was invited
to join the program full-time, and in the years to follow he opened for
the likes of the Judds, Roy Clark, and Little Jimmy Dickens. He later
attended Nashville's Belmont University, serving an internship with
ASCAP; the contacts Paisley made there helped him land a songwriting
deal with EMI, and he also appeared on countless demos.
Signing to Arista, he issued his debut solo album, Who Needs Pictures,
in 1999. The record produced two chart-topping singles in "He Didn't
Have to Be," an ode to loving stepfathers, and "We Danced" and also
earned generally positive reviews for its diversity of country styles.
In the meantime, Paisley recorded a duet with Chely Wright, "Hard to Be
a Husband, Hard to Be a Wife," for the Backstage at the Grand Ole Opry
compilation; the two later collaborated on several songs for Wright's
Never Love You Enough album. The sequel to Paisley's debut, Part II, was
released in 2001 and promptly returned him to the Top Five with "Two
People Fell in Love." "I'm Gonna Miss Her (The Fishin' Song)" gave
Paisley his third chart-topper, and "Wrapped Around" fell one spot short
of becoming his fourth. "I Wish You'd Stay" became the fourth Top Ten
hit from the record in early 2003.
At the beginning of August 2005, Paisley put together a short
"Director's Commentary" preview of his next album for his fan base to
download. The full album, Time Well Wasted, appeared two weeks later and
narrowly missed the top of the album charts.