On stage, Luke Bryan is one of the most dynamic entertainers in country music. His high-energy show takes spectators through his incredibly successful career as he taps into his catalog of hits that includes thumping rockers, toe-tapping sing-alongs, and moving ballads. It’s a musical journey.
Off stage, has been a journey of another kind for Luke and his family. In 1996, Luke’s brother, Chris, passed away from injuries sustained in a car accident. Then in 2007, tragedy struck again when sister Kelly died unexpectedly from still undetermined causes. Just seven years later, Kelly’s husband, Ben, also passed, leaving the couple’s three children without parents.
But, amidst the pain of the repeated losses, Luke and his wife, Caroline, have been the picture of strength. They took responsibility for Kelly and Ben’s children, bringing son Til to live with them in Nashville, and moving forward the best way they knew how — as a family.
Now, Luke tells NBC’s Today that Caroline is responsible for the family surviving and thriving.
“The work that she puts in with the children, I mean, it’s just amazing,” he told Today’s Jill Martin. “I look at her phone and it’s just pinging and vibrating and going off constantly, and it’s the children.” He adds, “She’s really stepped in and just crushed that role at being someone for them.”
Considering that Caroline’s family faced their own crisis in 2017 when her niece, Sadie Brett, passed away at seven-months-old from a congenital heart defect. Sadie Brett’s passing inspired Caroline, Luke, and the baby girl’s parents to create the Brett Boyer Foundation and Brett’s Barn—a facility in development for children in need to have a moment of fresh air and miniature farm animals in the country.
In spite of the devastation, Luke and Caroline, sons Bo and Tate, their nephew, Til, and their nieces, Kris and Jordan, are examples of the strength derived from family and faith.
“I think it’s important for me to try to be honest when I’m having good days, bad days,” Luke said. “Then the way I conduct myself, hopefully, and the way our family can inspire some people, you know, that’s the special element. If there’s any positive side to any of this thing, I have so many fans walk up and go, ‘You know, just the way you lived through tragedy’s really inspired our family to get through our own personal tragedies and struggles.”