Bradley Walker is an American bluegrass and country music singer and songwriter.
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A singer who has won a loyal audience and the respect of his peers despite long odds, Bradley Walker has a strong, rich voice that's a perfect match for classic-style country and bluegrass, as well as gospel. What sets Walker apart from most other rising stars in Nashville is his talent and his wheelchair. He was born with muscular dystrophy and is unable to walk, but Walker has refused to allow this handicap to keep him from pursuing his dreams in his life or his art.
Born in 1978 and raised in Athens, Alabama, Walker's parents shared a love of music and his mother worked in a music store before he was born. Walker started singing when he was only three years old, and he grew up on a steady musical diet of vintage country, bluegrass, and gospel. Walker started singing in talent competitions at the age of seven, and when he was 11, he appeared on the TV series Nashville Now, singing with the Oak Ridge Boys. A year later, when the Oak Ridge Boys sang on Jerry Lewis' annual fundraising telethon for the Muscular Dystrophy Association, they brought Walker along to perform with them.
While music was Walker's passion, he pursued an education, and landed a job as a materials analyst at the Browns Ferry Nuclear Power Plant, driving himself to work each day in a specially fitted van. During his downtime, Walker continued to make music, joining a bluegrass band called the Trinity Mountain Boys in 1998, and in 2001 becoming part of the Georgia-based act Lost Horizon.
In 2002, the bluegrass combo IIIrd Tyme Out were booked to appear at the Grand Ole Opry, and they brought Walker along to sing with them, marking his first appearance at country's most celebrated show. In 2006, Walker landed a record deal with Rounder Records, and released his debut album, Highway of Dreams, which included guest appearances by Vince Gill, Rhonda Vincent, Rob Ickes, Ron Block, and Larry Cordle. Despite modest sales, the album earned strong reviews, and in 2007, Walker was named Male Vocalist of the Year at the International Bluegrass Music Association Awards.
Walker continued to perform as often as his schedule allowed, and he struck up a friendship with Rory Lee Feek and Joey Martin Feek, better known as the husband-and-wife bluegrass duo Joey + Rory. Walker performed on a number of occasions with the Feeks, and when Joey succumbed to cancer in 2015, she requested that Walker sing "Leave It There" at her funeral. Gospel music giant Bill Gaither attended the service, and was struck by the power and emotion of Walker's performance. Walker was soon signed to the Gaither Music Group label, and in 2016 they released the album Call Me Old- Fashioned, as well as a performance DVD with the same title. The album debuted at number nine on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart. In 2017, he returned with the Ben Isaacs-produced Blessed: Hymns and Songs of Faith, featuring guest appearances by Vince Gill, Rhonda Vincent, and Ricky Skaggs.
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Bradley Walker is a native of Athens, Alabama. He was born with muscular dystrophy, and has been in a wheelchair all his life. He was a student at East Limestone High School where he played percussion in the school band.
Walker started singing when he was two or three years old, and began performing in public when he was four. When he was ten, he was invited on stage to perform with The Oak Ridge Boys, and when he was eleven, he sang with The Oak Ridge Boys on The Nashville Network's Nashville Now as well as on the Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon.
He works at the Browns Ferry Nuclear Power Plant as a Material Inventory Coordinator while pursuing a music career.
In 1998, Walker formed a band, The Trinity Mountain Boys, and began to perform at bluegrass festivals. In 2001, he joined the Georgia-based group Lost Horizon. He was signed to Rounder Records, and released his debut album, "Highway of Dreams", in 2006. The album was produced by Carl Jackson. For his performance on the album, he won the Male Vocalist of the Year Award from the International Bluegrass Music Association.
2016: Call Me Old-Fashioned
Walker's second album, "Call Me Old-Fashioned", was produced by Rory Feek and recorded at the Joey + Rory studio out on their farm. Walker had known Joey and Rory Feek since 2007, and he was asked by Rory Feek to sing the hymn "Leave It There" at the funeral of Joey Feek in accordance with her wishes. Bill Gaither of the Gaither Music Group, who was also at the funeral service, heard Walker's performance and signed Walker to his label. The album includes a posthumous duet with Joey Feek, "In The Time duet with Joey Feek, In The Time That You Gave Me", using vocals she recorded before her death. The album was released on September 23, 2016, and debuted at No. 9 on the Top Country Albums chart.
2017-18: Blessed: Hymns & Songs of Faith
On October 6, 2017, Walker released Blessed: Hymns & Songs of Faith. The album, produced by Ben Isaacs, features collaborations with Vince Gill, Alison Krauss, Rhonda Vincent, Jimmy Fortune, The Oak Ridge Boys, The Isaacs and Ricky Skaggs.
The album received a GMA Dove Award for the Bluegrass/Country/Roots Album of the Year in 2018.
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