Brad Paisley is known for being a multi-award winning country music artist, the guy with a witty lyric on the tip of his tongue and a practical joke up his sleeve, but there is a lot more going on under that white cowboy hat than writing great country songs and stirring up an occasional bit of trouble. Brad Paisley is also a graduate of Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee and his gratefulness toward his alma mater shows in his recent gift to the college, a new scholarship fund.
Brad Paisley originally studied at West Liberty University near his home in West Virginia when he was fresh out of high school, but finished out his college studies on a full scholarship to Belmont University. It was at Belmont University’s Mike Curb College of Entertainment & Music Business that Brad Paisley established the roots that would firmly ground him in the country music industry.
During his college days, Brad Paisley met his future producer, Frank Rogers as well as co-songwriters, Kelly Lovelace and Chris DuBois. The songwriters, collectively, had a hand in writing Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood’s smash hit, Remind Me as well as Brad Paisley’s hits Water and Camouflage while each writer, individually, contributed to many more well-known singles by Brad Paisley.
The long-lasting relationships that Brad Paisley formed as well as the foundation of music industry knowledge laid by Belmont University inspired Brad Paisley to create the Brad Paisley Endowed Scholarship. The Brad Paisley Endowed Scholarship will allow a Curb College of Entertainment student to receive financial assistance with tuition.
Brad Paisley released this quote on his website:
“I’ve often said that the best course of education for a young person wanting to pursue country music is to go to college at Belmont. I speak from experience. I wouldn’t be in any position to offer a scholarship if I had not gone to Belmont – this is the least I can do in appreciation.”
Despite Brad Paisley’s often tongue-in-cheek lyrics and obvious love of prank-type mischief, his fans are drawn to him just as much for his down-to-earth, humble personality. Evident in his more serious songs, awards acceptance speeches and interviews, Brad Paisley does not take his success for granted. It should be no surprise, then, that paying it forward to the alma mater that meant so much to him would be part of the legacy that Brad Paisley wanted to leave. And who knows, twenty years from now when that new kid on the country music block is accepting his or her CMA or ACM Entertainer of the Year Award, we may just have Brad Paisley to thank.
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