In an upcoming interview, Luke Bryan opens up about how a family tragedy gave him the courage to pursue his own dreams of music stardom.
Bryan, who’ll be co-hosting the Academy of Country Music Awards alongside Dierks Bentley on Sunday, sat down with Willie Geist for an interview to air on “Today with Willie Geist” on Sunday, and he discusses his brother’s tragic death in a car accident back in 1996, and how the experience shaped who he is today.
“When Chris passed away, I was 19 years old, fixing to chase my dream,” says Bryan. “It just totally rocked our family’s world, rocked my world.”
Losing his brother, he explains, put his own life in perspective and made him realize just how precious life is.
“It makes you appreciate chasing dreams, you know,” he tells Geist. “You’re like, ‘Hey, you get one go-around at this thing called life and it’s very fragile, so you better go after your dreams.'”
The interview will air on Sunday morning on NBC; the 52nd ACM Awards airs Sunday, Apr. 2 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Global.