Brantley Gilbert went to Nashville as a songwriter, signed to Warner Chappell Publishing. He continued performing at local venues. In 2009, he released his debut album, Modern Day Prodigal Son, under independent label Average Joes Entertainment. He followed with Halfway to Heaven in 2010.
In 2011, he signed with Valory Music Co., a division of Big Machine Records, who re-released Halfway to Heaven with new recordings and bonus tracks. The album was produced by Dann Huff. Its first two singles, "Country Must Be Country Wide" and "You Don't Know Her Like I Do", both went to number one on the Hot Country Songs chart. After them, "Kick It in the Sticks" peaked at number 34, and "More Than Miles" at number 7 on Country Airplay. He won the ACM New Male Artist award in 2013.
Gilbert's second Valory album, Just as I Am, was released in May 2014. Its lead single, "Bottoms Up", also reached number one. The second single, "Small Town Throwdown", featured guest vocals from labelmates Thomas Rhett and Justin Moore. The third single, "One Hell of an Amen", became Brantley's fourth number one hit in 2015. The album's fourth single, "Stone Cold Sober", is off Platinum Edition of Just As I Am.
In addition to his original work, Gilbert has written songs that Colt Ford and Jason Aldean have recorded. The songs "Dirt Road Anthem" (co-written and originally recorded by him and Colt Ford) and "My Kinda Party", were released on Aldean's 2010 album My Kinda Party. "My Kinda Party" was originally recorded by Gilbert on Modern Day Prodigal Son, while "Dirt Road Anthem" was on Halfway to Heaven. Aldean has also covered Gilbert's "The Best of Me", available on the Wal-Mart exclusive and iTunes release of his 2009 album Wide Open.
Gilbert Accompanies other artists in 2015 in London, in the O2 Arena for the Country2Country music festival.
It was announced in September 2012 that Brantley Gilbert was dating country music singer and actress Jana Kramer. They met at the CMT Music Awards in June 2012. They got engaged on January 20, 2013, his 28th birthday. They split in August 2013.
In June 2015, Gilbert married Georgia schoolteacher Amber Cochran in a small ceremony at his home. He admitted that she was the girl who inspired his singles "You Don't Know Her Like I Do", "More Than Miles", and several others. On July 24, while on the honeymoon, his grandfather died.
In 2013, Gilbert embarked on an eight-day USO tour to entertain American service members stationed in Italy and Kuwait.
Brantley Gilbert was in a near-fatal truck accident when he was 19. Gilbert is an active Christian, and his song "My Faith In You", off Just as I Am, speaks of his faith. In May 2015, Gilbert got a tattoo showing his support of the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution.
In 2017, on his 'The Devil Don't Sleep' tour, he announced he will be a father in November.2011
Willie Nelson's Country Throwdown Tour
Taste of Country Christmas Tour (headline) with Thomas Rhett
Eric Church's Blood, Sweat and Beers Tour
Toby Keith's Live in Overdrive Tour
Hell on Wheels Tour (headline) Brian Davis, Greg Bates, and Uncle Kracker
Tim McGraw's Two Lanes of Freedom Tour
Let It Ride (first leg with Thomas Rhett, Eric Paslay, and Brian Davis); (second leg with Brian Davis, Chase Bryant, Aaron Lewis, and Tyler Farr; Lewis and Farr split dates)
Kenny Chesney's The Big Revival Tour
The Blackout Tour January – April (headline) with Brian Davis, Michael Ray, and Canaan Smith
Take It Outside Tour June – October (headline) with Colt Ford, and Justin Moore
The Devil Don't Sleep Tour
A "Kick It in the Sticks" did not enter the Hot 100, but charted at number 13 on Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles, which acts as a 25-space extension of the Hot 100.
B "Stone Cold Sober" did not enter the Hot 100, but charted at number 8 on the Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles, which acts as a 25-space extension of the Hot 100.