Nicole Michalik

It’s safe to say that Zach Bryan has not only taken country music by storm but the whole music industry. There are definitely more but let’s start with 7 reasons why we love Zach Bryan.

Zach was born on April 2, 1996, which means he’s an Aries. Makes sense he has a fiery personality and tons of energy, those are two traits of an Aries. He was actually born in Okinawa, Japan, while his family was stationed overseas with the Navy, but grew up in Oologah, Oklahoma.

Zach was an active-duty member of the U.S. Navy, enlisting at the age of 17 and actually starting writing music while in the Navy. He eventually moved to Philly with his then girlfriend who is also from there.

He started uploading his music to YouTube in 2017, with his friends recording him performing using his iPhone. One of his songs, “Heading South”, eventually went viral and the rest is basically history.

What makes him different is that he has blown up not in the traditional way many other musicians have. He hasn’t had a #1 song, but he has had a massive sold-out tour and sold millions of albums. His song “Something in Orange” was his first country radio single.

Zach released his brand new self-titled album in August 2023 and it’s entirely self-produced. He tweeted: I wanted this entire record to be self-produced. Releasing Deep Satin (a song my friend Eddie produced) and a few more songs as the months are to come. I won’t keep anyone waiting I promise, I love you guys and I am so grateful I get to grow through this life with y’all

He has a few features on the new album, one being with Kacey Musgraves, along with War & Treaty, The Lumineers, and Sierra Ferrell. He also opens the album with a poem he wrote. It’s pretty incredible how he writes and produces his own music. There aren’t many young superstar artists who do that anymore. It’s a lost art really.

Here are 7 reasons why Philadelphia loves Zach Bryan:

  • He Writes & Produces His Own Music

    Zach writes the majority of his own songs himself. He also produces a large amount of them himself as well. His hit song Something in the Orange was written solely by Zach and produced by Ryan Hadlock.

    Zach Bryan In Concert - New York, NY

    (Photo by John Lamparski/Getty Images)

  • He's An Award Winner

    Zach won the award for New Male Artist of the Year at the ACMs.  He was very grateful to win especially being up against some massive talent. Jackson DeanErnestDylan ScottNate Smith and Bailey Zimmerman were all in the category. Congrats Zach!

    ACM Awards on Twitter: "Something in the orange tells us that @zachlanebryan is the WINNER of ACM New Male Artist of the Year! 🧡 Congratulations! #ACMawards / Twitter"

    Something in the orange tells us that @zachlanebryan is the WINNER of ACM New Male Artist of the Year! 🧡 Congratulations! #ACMawards


  • He’s A Dog Lover

    Zach’s dog is named Jack and he’s a star.

    I want to say happy birthday to the best hunting, city, road dog there is
    You’ve made it two years and I love you more than I have ever loved another thing
    From the road to manhattan to philly to Oklahoma you’ll always be my best friend
    Always just been you n me man

  • He Was in the Military

    Zach was in the Navy and was honorably discharged when his music career took off. He explained how much it meant to him on Instagram back in 2011.  “Can’t tell if I’m a coward or if I’m chasing a dream but regardless, the best eight years of my life were spent serving the best country in the whole damn world.  Thank you guys and I’ll see you on tour.’

  • He Lives In Philly

    Zach lives in Philly. He’s obviously on tour right now, but for the majority of the year last year he was dating his longtime girlfriend Deb, who’s also from here. He was always out and about in the city and spotted at numerous Eagles games. Unfortunately, Zach and Deb broke up back in May. We are hoping he doesn’t break up with Philly too.

    Tourists wait in line to see the Liberty Bell in front of the shuttered Independence Hall after the government shutdown

  • He Loves The Eagles

    There are too many times to talk about how much Zach loves the Eagles. He went to numerous games, wears Eagles gear all the time, even said GO BIRDS when he had Giants QB Daniel Jones on stage with him. He posted about the new Eagles Kelly Green jersey the Eagles sent him.

  • The Loves The Sixers

    When Zach performed his two sold-out shows at the Wells Fargo Center back at the end of May in Philly, he wore a Sixers jersey the one night and a Jalen Hurts Eagles Jersey the other night. We love how much he loves Philadephia.

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