If you were to look at Luke Bryan's life right now, you might think that everything has been smooth sailing for the singer. But the truth is Bryan had to overcome great family tragedies in his life to get where he is today. In November of 1996, Bryan was just days away from making the move to Nashville when his brother, Chris, was killed in a car accident. After the loss of his brother, Luke decided to stay close to his family and postponed the move to Music City. There were even times when Bryan doubted if he would ever pursue his dream of making music. Luke tells People Country, "I was never convinced I'd get back to Nashville, but I didn't spend time on 'Should I go or should I not? It was just 'Not going.' Your mother had just lost a child. At that point, her youngest son was not going to leave the house. Chris' dying got me a little more mature."
Luke's father eventually convinced him to make the move to Nashville in 2001. Bryan eventually signed a record deal and was working on his debut album when another tragedy rocked his family. Luke's older sister, Kelly, collapsed at her home and died mysteriously. Bryan said, "She was home with her 3-year-old, and it was like someone turned the lights out. They never determined what happened. The autopsies, the coroner, no one could figure it out." Luke says these tribulations tested his faith, but he has since found the strength to persevere. He said, "I don't like it. I don't like that my sons are missing that side of my family. But someone else is deciding things."