On his 29th birthday, Brantley Gilbert knows tomorrow is never promised.

Brantley Gilbert Knows Tomorrow Is Never Promised

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(Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for HGTV)

(CBS Radio) — Brantley Gilbert knows better than most that tomorrow isn’t promised, all we can ever do is live for today.

Gilbert, who turned 29 today, almost didn’t live to see his 20th birthday. Ten years ago, at the age of 19, he had a brush with death that in turn, motivated him to become serious about his music career.

The near-fatal accident happened in his small town in Georgia, while Gilbert admittedly was intoxicated. He later wrote a song about the ordeal called ‘Halfway to Heaven.’ The lyrics paint a compelling picture of someone who knows he has a calling in life. “You’re hangin’ on by a thread wondering which one’s your last breath … knowing there’s so much you have left to do.”

Gilbert described the accident as “surreal.” Here’s what happened on Old 129.

After the accident, Gilbert realized that he needed to focus on music, and make something of himself. While some could argue that it was luck that Gilbert survived, his mom has a different view — she believes Gilbert is blessed.

Sometimes, the how’s, why’s, and what if’s are not clearly defined or easily explained … but if there’s one thing that can be easily stated, it would be that country music fans everywhere are glad that Gilbert survived the car accident that almost took his life. Gilbert has forever left his mark on country music, and without his unique style and compelling sound, country music today as we know it wouldn’t be the same.

Aside from his music, there’s an interesting element to Gilbert that draws fans in. At first glance, Gilbert looks intimidating with his leather rocking, ring wearing, country bad-boy kind of image.

But, his heartbreaking songs throughout the years about love and life paint a different picture — they have offered us a window into his soul of sorts, one that many of us can relate to.

Recently, Gilbert released a new single called ‘Bottoms Up.’ While the song is more upbeat than many of his other single’s and ultimately it shows more of his range as an artist, personally it doesn’t make my list of favorites where Brantley Gilbert is concerned. It’s not because Bottom’s Up is a bad song by any means, but rather it’s because for me, the song lacks the rawness and realness I’ve come to expect from BG’s music.

Check back next week for my Top 10 list of Bratley Gilbert songs. Until then, don’t forget to wish Gilbert a Happy 29th birthday!

-QC Writer, CBS Radio

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