Born in Glen Dale, W.Va., Paisley joined Wheeling’s famed “Jamboree USA” radio show when he was 14 years old, becoming the youngest-ever regular cast member. He stayed with the show for eight years before moving to Nashville in the mid-1990s.
He scored his first No. 1 hit in 1999 with “He Didn’t Have to Be.” He has returned to the top of the country charts 13 more times, including a streak of 10 straight No. 1 hits from 2005 to 2009.
In honor of his special day, here’s my top five favorite Brad Paisley songs:
5. “I’m Gonna Miss Her” I’m not much of a fisherman, but I appreciate this tongue-in-cheek ditty. My wife does, too, for the record.