BrantleyLess than ten days after People magazine hit the road with Brantley Gilbert, his feature lands in the pages of the iconic celebrity newsweekly. Fresh from a show at Nashville’s Ascend Amphitheater, where he performed his entire hard-edged set backed by a symphony orchestra, his profile in the May 21 issue will hit stands May 11.

“It’s been a pretty incredible several days,” says the man whose “Dirt Road Anthem” was nominated for CMA Song of the Year. “To play Nashville with an orchestra, the last thing people would expect from me, was awesome. Selling t-shirts that say, ‘I Believe in Heroism’ to benefit the families of the young people shot at the Waffle House felt so good. So, to hear the People story is running so quickly, well, that’s crazy and alright.”

To kick off the double-truck spread, is running several pieces that expand correspondent Eileen Finan’s reporting for the print magazine. Check out the first piece here.

Brantley deep dives into the turmoil his life was almost a decade ago, explaining the path to where he is now in his life. As his personal life evolves, so does the fierce teller of truth’s songs like “Grown Ass Man,” “You Don’t Know Her Like I Do” and “Take It Outside.”

As Finan writes in the intro to an unflinching, ultimately triumphant look at the ways life can get away from you, “Today, the 33-year-old “One Hell of An Amen” singer is a country star with back-to-back platinum albums. He’s married to the girl he pined for and — by his own admission – didn’t deserve for years and, as of November, he’s also a new dad.”

Out on his THE ONES THAT LIKE ME TOUR, Brantley is taking his kind of outlier country across America. With three dates to go, one of the only artists to score back-to-back PLATINUM albums in the last decade continues his program of providing companion animals to veterans through his continued alliance with the PEDIGREE® Brand and the Disabled American Veterans.

“It’s been a great tour so far this year,” says the man who won the American Music Awards’ Favorite Country Album for JUST AS I AM. “I think everything that’s happened in my life has changed things up in so many good ways, and it’s opened me up to the BG Nation in a whole lot of new ways, too.”

With a dozen dates with Kid Rock in the fall and writing for his next record, the hardcore country star whose lived his music from the inside out, has a professional life that’s almost as buoyant as his homelife. Given he has the woman of his dreams and a brand new little boy, that’s saying something.