Bryan and Davidson making their marks in country music


A couple of Southwest Georgians have become huge influences on country music, one with a pen, the other with a mic.

In a few short years, Luke Bryan, of Leesburg, has seen his career skyrocket as a performer of country music, winning awards including New Solo Vocalist of the Year and New Artist of the Year in 2009, his “rookie” year on the national music scene. On Sunday, he was co-hosting the Academy of Country Music Awards show when the Academy honored him with its top prize, Entertainer of the Year. Bryan also won Vocal Event of the Year with Jason Aldean and Eric Church, for “The Only Way I Know.”

In accepting the Entertainer award Sunday night, a visibly moved Bryan said, “This is the defining moment of my life, it means the world to me and I’ll never take it for granted.”

Davidson, a native of Albany, gained another premier recognition for his songwriting talents that have led to numerous No. 1 hits for country artists. Among his songs that have seen extensive air play are “Just a Kiss” — an ACM nominee for Song of the Year in 2012 — and “We Owned the Night,” performed by Lady Antebellum, and “Country Girl (Shake It for Me)” and “I Don’t Want This Night to End,” performed by Bryan. On Sunday, Davidson won his second consecutive Songwriter of the Year Award from the Academy.

Where their careers will go from here, nobody knows. But there’s no denying that these two talented men are at the top of their profession. We can hardly wait to hear what they come up with next.