Where should I begin when talking about country music singer and songwriter Dierks Benteley? He’s more than a country music singer and songwriter…He’s a loving husband, father, and a multi-platinum selling music artist who challenges trends and creates his own!
Bentley, was born in Phoenix, Arizona and at the tender age of 13 he picked up his first musical instrument; a guitar (News, n.d.). By age 29, Dierks had made history and became the youngest member of the legendary group Grand Ole Opry. Even at the age of 40, Dierks Bentley continues to awe his fans and the media with his award winning albums that exemplify his passion for not only his family, but also for his music career.
Dierks first album was released in 2003. The following albums released between 2005 and 2014, has received several awards and nominations. Modern Day Drifter -2005 and Feel That Fire – 2009 both went platinum (News, n.d.). To top it off, the album Feel That Fire consisted of two number one hits in 2009. Dierks unique musical style can be compared to that of country legends Waylon Jennings and Merl Haggard (News, n.d.). Dierks newest album “Black” will be released May 27, 2016 and is expected to receive several award nominations, as did his most recent 2014 album “Riser.” There is high anticipation of Dierks new album not only because it is titled after his wife (Black is her maiden name), but also because of the guest artists – Elle King, Mauren Morris and Trombone Shorty (Dierks Bentley, n.d.). Keep your eyes peeled for this album and make sure to pre-order.
With a high desire to create his own music that encompasses his country-bluegrass signature style, Dierks took a leap of faith and released his first self-titled album in 2003 (News, n.d.). Who’s to blame Dierks for wanting to create a world of music dedicated solely to him? This “leaving the nest” trend continues today with many young music groups. The majority of artist is within a group decide they want to branch off on their own to find themselves and to create their own life story. Kudos to Dierks for his “can do it” attitude and being successful.
Dierks has become a hot commodity in a short period of time. Just how popular is Dierks Bentley? He’s so popular (and amazing), that he will soon be co-hosting the 51st Annual ACM Awards. On the contrary, he has been nominated for two awards…Male Vocalist of the Year and Video of the Year. Fingers crossed he will win both awards.
Dierks Bentley is aspiring young country music artist’s want him as a mentor, as their guide, and their friend. Bentley offers an array of music genius combined with a heart of gold. Listening to his music, there is no mistake as to who he is as an artist, father, and husband. There is no single word to define Dierks Bentley, as he is a phenomenal country music artist paving the way for others by inspiring fans through his music.