Luke Bryan has had a lot of changes and challenges thrown his way. Even though he is busier than ever, he still finds a way to prioritize the most important thing in his life: his family. In an interview with People magazine, Bryan discussed the changes in his career and family life.
With his 2015 album, Kill the Lights opening at #1 across genre charts, and embarking on a huge Kick the Dust Up tour – the country superstar has a lot on his plate. Life has thrown him a few curveballs, but he is embracing his fatherly roll to the maximum.
This year more than ever, he has seen a dramatic change in his career, as he tells People.
“This year I feel like it has soaked in more than ever,” says Bryan, “I’m truly having a blast. I feel like with each year, another little bit of pressure is off to prove yourself on a daily basis. It’s pretty crazy stuff to get to do what I do, and I try not to take a second for granted.”
Even though he is in the midst of some of the biggest moments in his career, Bryan’s career successes have been tempered by personal loss. After the sudden loss of his brother-in-law, Bryan and his wife, Caroline stepped in to raise his late sister’s three children. Their nephew, Til and nieces Kris and Jordan are now being raised alongside their own two boys, Bo and Tate.
“Obviously my nieces and nephew, they didn’t ask for this,” says Bryan. “Their life was amazing before Caroline and I took a more prominent role, even after losing their mother. Now my focus is trying to do what we can to help them.”
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The country superstar has seen an unusual amount of tragedy in his life. He lost his brother, Chris, in a car accident in 1996, and his sister, Kelly, passed away suddenly in 2007. Her husband passed in 2014, and that’s when Bryan and his wife made the decision to adopt Til, whose sisters are legal adults (pictured above clockwise from top left: Kris, Til, Jordan, Tate and Bo.) Bryan relies on his Christian faith to keep his family strong.
“I think with everything that’s happened in my family, I just have to lean on my faith and the understanding that God has a plan for all of us,” he reflects. “We just wake up every day and do our best. I’ll get down in the dumps, and then I’ll meet a Make-A-Wish kid, and I’ll ask myself, ‘What are you complaining about? You just have to keep your faith strong and rock on.’”
Bryan’s “Drink A Beer” is the#1 hit that he recorded in 2013, which he connects to the loss of both his siblings. Listen below.