Luke Bryan Invites His Biggest Fans to Intimate Album Release Party in Los Angeles: Pics!
Luke Bryan is ending 2017 on a high note!
The 41-year-old singer teamed up with Spotify for a Premium Superfan event at the Ace Hotel in Los Angeles on Monday, later taking the stage at a nearby theater for his second to last show before the new year. ET was there as he celebrated "Light It Up" going No. 1, answered questions from fans and performed new songs from his latest album, What Makes You Country.
Bryan kicked off the night with a Q&A session hosted by Academy of Country Music Senior Vice President Lisa Lee. The country crooner's biggest Spotify Premium fans were in attendance, and asked him questions ranging from his personal life to his new album to most memorable music accomplishments.
"When I realize how many people around the world are adding me to their daily lives and can hear my music, it's amazing," the father of two shared of his reach as an artist. "I'm not as country as I used to be, but it's the cornerstone of me and it's what I instill in my kids. It's important to be humble and to keep your mouth shut. I'm not very good at that bit."
Regarding What Makes Me Country, Bryan told the crowd the title track is one of his favorites. "I love that the song tells my story within that, and it makes the listener relate," he shared. "I try and vision how fans will react to me performing each song when making an album. But picking the first song off a new album is tough."
Bryan also admitted that life has changed tremendously for him since getting his start as a country music artist in the mid-2000s.
"Now I'm comfortable," he said. "Years ago ... I might have seemed calm, but inside I was hyperventilating, and now I am more relaxed. So, I can now have fun."
"My first year of headlining I was in Orlando for my first show for two sold-out nights and my voice wasn't how I wanted it to be," he recalled. "It was the stress. I have all of that out of the way now. I've seen it all at this point, and I know I can do this for a lifetime and enjoy it."
In addition to asking one of their favorite country artists all of their burning questions, fans were also given the opportunity to snap a few pics with the Leesburg, Georgia, native.
"Best day ever!!" one fan wrote on Instagram, sharing the pic she snapped with Bryan. "Who knew listening to so much @Spotify would let me see my favorite artist!"
"This babe called me 'Babe,'" another gushed. "I almost passed out. I love him!!"
Following the meet and greet, fans at the event were each given a complimentary ticket to Bryan's intimate Citi Sound Vault concert at the Belasco Theatre. Bryan performed a number of his classic hits, like "I Don't Want This Night to End," "Huntin,' Fishin' and Lovin' Every Day," "Strip It Down," "Country Girl" and "Fast."
He also belted out tunes from his new album, including the title track and "Like You Say You Do," which he said was one of his first times performing that song for a live audience.
"Thanks @Citi and @LiveNation for helping put on a heck of a show last night," Bryan later tweeted on Tuesday.
Last month, ET caught up with the American Idol judge at auditions for the show in Los Angeles, where he reacted to pal Blake Shelton's "Sexiest Man Alive" honor from People magazine.
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