Once upon a time, Brantley Gilbert was a struggling musician, battling addictions to alcohol and pills. Today, Gilbert looks back on his time in rehab and credits one man with saving his life and his career: Keith Urban.
Gilbert tells the Tennessean that he was ready to leave rehab when he found himself in a room with Urban, also a former addict.
I told him, I don’t think I can do my job. I don’t know if I can ever play a song at my shows without being (messed) up. Or writing, I was worried my songs wouldn’t be the same, that I wouldn’t be on everyone else’s level,” Gilbert recalls to the Tennessean. “It’s a drinking environment.”
When Urban admitted he struggled with the same fears, but found that he was a better artist and person while sober, something changed in Gilbert. “My whole world flipped,” he said. “At that point, I was like, ‘All right.’”
Today, Gilbert feels better than ever, both as an artist and as man, and he credits all of that to Urban. “If it weren’t for him, I don’t know if I’d be sober or be in this business anymore. I’d probably be dead.”