“I will always be grateful for all the country music pioneers who have paved the way”
The western hills of North Carolina echoes through the twangy, southern style of Brad Howard. He grew up in North Wilkesboro, North Carolina on the cusp of the Blue Ridge Mountains where moonshine running led to the beginnings of NASCAR. Brad started singing in church at the age of five in which someone would hold him up above the podium so people could see him. His dad was a fan of artists like Merle Haggard, Charley Pride, and Don Williams, which led to Brad listening to country radio on a regular basis. He started memorizing and singing along to all the songs he heard on the radio, but it wasn’t until he heard George Strait that he realized country music was his passion. He started buying nearly every Strait album that he released.
At eighteen he joined the Air Force and had to put his pursuit of music on hold for a few years. He later transferred from active duty to the reserves. Due to Brad’s reserve commitment he relocated to the North Georgia area where he began concentrating solely on country music. He started taking advantage of every opportunity to perform and hone his craft. After a few years he realized that he wanted to have his own style so he started writing songs. He began listening to artists like Hank Williams, Willie Nelson, and other artists who were writing their own material.
Brad finally decided it was time to make the move to the Nashville area where he could get more exposure and be in the middle of the music scene. He started performing all around the middle Tennessee area and soon branched out to out-of-state venues.
Brad has recorded three albums of original material and continues to receive airplay from stations that play indie artists. He has received multiple award nominations from the Academy of Western Artists.
He intends to keep the banner of traditional country music waving high.