Q&A: Brantley Gilbert Talks Reason Behind Re-Releasing Gold-Certified Album “Just As I Am” (@BrantleyGilbert)

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Brantley GilbertsGOLDcertifiedthird studio albumJust As I Amnotched the thirdhighestCountry debut of 2014and landed in the Top 5 Best Selling Country Albums of 2014.TheprojectalsoscoredFavorite Country AlbumattheAmerican Music Awards, producing2XPLATINUM #1 smash “Bottoms Up,GOLDcertified Small Town Throwdownandemboldened One Hell Of An Amen.

Exactly one year after Just As I Amwas released, Brantley continued the momentum by releasingJust As I Am Platinum Edition. Just As I Am Platinum Edition features all of the same tracks fromJust As I Amthat we know and love in addition to five unreleased tracks.Just As I AmPlatinum Editionalso includesa remix ofthe charttopping Bottoms Upfeaturing rapperT.I.Did we mention how awesome this remix is?Hello new summer anthem!

One thing that makes Brantley one of our favorite country artists is the passion he has for his music and his fans.Its been a wild ride with this album. I put pen to paper and let the blood, sweat and tears of the last few years create these stories,said Brantley.A huge thanks goes out to the BG Nation for all the support. Im excited to bring this new music to the fans and my friends.

CelebSecrets4U caught up with the rebel-rousing hit singer/songwriter recently to talk all things country! In our interview, Brantley talks about the inspiration behind re-releasing Just As I Am,how he chose the five un-released songs to make the record and his writing process. Brantley also told us how the collaboration with rapperT.I.came about for the remix of “Bottoms Up” and what he’s looking forward to most on tour this summer. Make sure to read the full Q&A below!

Brantley Gilbertis currently on tour withKenny ChesneyforThe Big Revival Tour.For ticket information and tour dates, visit Brantley’s official website atBrantleyGilbert.com.

CS4U: Just As I Am Platinum Edition is a follow-up to your gold-certified album Just As I Am. What inspired you to re-release the record?

Brantley Gilbert: “I gotta make sure Ive written the right song and covered everything for every record.

We take a little more time between recordsno rhyme or reason to it other than theyre the chapter of my life. I had some more to share.”

CS4U:You have 5 unreleased songs on the record. How did you go about choosing which ones would make the Platinum Edition?

Brantley Gilbert:“Every song on the Platinum Edition tied up some loose ends and brought the story full-circle. I saved the title track [Just As I Am] as one of the added songs and wanted it to be the last song on the project, #19. We put twice as many tracks on this record than most folks its just the way we like to do things.”

CS4U: Every song on Just As I Am Platinum Edition was either written or co-written by you. Can you take our readers through your writing process?

Brantley Gilbert:“That’s always been something that’s been really important to me, that I write my own stuff. I was able to co-write with some of the best writers the business has to offer on this record and I love the opportunity. Seeing what someone else can bring to the table, it expands your mind a little on the subject and lets you go without boundaries. It’s one of my favorite parts about writing.”

CS4U:You also have a remix of your hit Bottoms Up on the record featuring T.I. How did that collaboration come about?

Brantley Gilbert:“Hes from Georgia and Im a fan. It was that simple and it turned out great. The way it worked out was awesome, I got to talk to him about what we were looking for and he went for it. We got a good one there.”

CS4U:Youll be hitting the road with Kenny Chesney this summer is there something youre looking forward to most while on tour?

Brantley Gilbert:“Ive been to Kenny shows as a fan. Now, I get to watch his show from behind the scenes see the things hes doing onstage. And offstage with his crew, I want to really find out how the next level conducts themselves, learn from someone who has done it successfully the way he has. Hes so uplifting and its got me really excited. Im just thankful to learn from somebody like him and the opportunity.”

Written by Juliet Schroder

Juliet Schroder

Juliet is the founder and executive producer/host of Celeb Secrets and Celeb Secrets Country. When not reporting on the latest news in pop culture and country music, she enjoys traveling, spending time with friends and family, and exploring the latest fashion trends.

Juliet holds a B.S. in marketing from St. John's University.

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