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3 Doors Down was formed in 1996 and Brad has fronted the band since their formation. Brad has a unique tone to his voice as well as a well-rounded smoothness to his voice which is apparent in 3 Doors Down’s slower songs. Brad Arnold was born on the 27th of September 1978, which means he is currently 34 years old and he was born in Escatawpa MS.
During interviews Brad has said that as a songwriter he likes songs that have some kind message, the song doesn’t have to be philosophical or really deep, but a song has to have a message to carry through to the listener. Brad further mentioned that he tries not to preach too much in his songs, because he wants people to relate to his songs since their songs are about everyday life.
Brad has embraced the internet and social media sites like Facebook and Twitter, because it provides a direct line of communication with his fans and you can get immediate feedback from them without any restrictions.
3 Doors Down’s latest album was released on the 19th of November 2012 and its a compilation of their Greatest Hits over the past 10 years. Their song Kryptonite launched their career and Brad recalls that it was an amazing time for the band when it took off, because they wrote the song when they were teenagers and they badgered a local radio station to play the song for two years.
One of the three new songs on their Greatest Hits album was written about a 65 year old man that lived down the road from Brad at his camp by the river in South Mississippi, they would always sit around the fire, drinking beers and throwing wood on the fire. The man had a stroke and was in a coma for a week and it got him thinking about the difficulty of letting a loved one or a friend go. Brad had seen him only four days before he had the stroke and it really got Brad thinking about him and his wife. The man passed away two days after Brad wrote the song “Goodbye”. Brad sent the song to a friend of his down there and asked him to play the song for everyone, since its a really close-knit community. His friend let him know that he will play it for them in about 2 weeks time, because they might not be ready to hear it yet. Brad believes that the saddest songs have the most impact on people’s lives and he is always proud when he hears that one of his songs had an impact on someone’s life.
Brad married horseback rider Jennifer Sanderford on the 12 of September 2009 in a 120 guest ceremony in his hometown of Escatawpa. As childhood friends the couple reconnected after Brad’s divorce from his first wife in 2006. If you would like to read a little more about the couple follow the link here:http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20304129,00.html
Close to Brad’s heart is The Better Life Foundation that was started in 2003, the foundation’s goal being to improve the lives of children. TBLF provided aid and assistance to the Gulf coast region of Mississippi during Hurricane Katrina. 3 Doors Down and The Better Life Foundation host an annual concert to raise money for the charity. Along with the concert an auction takes place which includes items from musical friends, sports stars and various supporters of the band and the charity. Past performers at the show include Lynyrd Skynyrd, Shinedown, Alter Bridge, Staind, Hinder, Switchfoot, Tracy Lawrence and Sara Evans among others.
The most rewarding thing about 3 Doors Down and Brad’s career has been The Better Life Foundation and when they first went Gold it was a pretty proud moment for the band. 3 Doors Down started touring when Brad was just 20 years old and he was still living with his parents at that time. He continued to live with his parents up until he got married a couple of years later, so the first place his gold record ever hung was on his bedroom wall in his parent’s house. He invited all of his friends over so they could come look at it.
3 Doors Down start their tour with Daughtry today in Pikeville, Kentucky and it promises to be a smashing rock show for the whole family to come and see.
3 Doors Down’s latest single “One Light” made its debut at the Republican National Convention where the band performed the song live. Brad states that the song is not politically motivated although it does seem to apply to the election in some way. He further went on to say that the song itself is much bigger than the (then) upcoming elections and that it is meant to be a message to people to give back more to the world than that which they take away. Brad hopes that young people will take inspiration from the song and provide a solution to at least one problem in their community, school or family environment.
I get the impression that Brad Arnold is a very talented songwriter and musician as well as a humble and charming person. I wish him all the best for his future endeavours and I hope to listen to 3 Doors Down for many years to come.
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