'You need to stay in school and finish your medical career because it's going to be a struggle being a country music artist,' said Gerald Bradford. Luckily for us, the young man who respected and always heeded his father's advice didn't this time. The then twenty-two year old is still the same singer with the ever present burning desire to live out his dream. Chad Bradford is now one of the hottest unsigned country artists out today. His following is growing in rapid numbers as he continues to play venues throughout the south. Chad was born to the parents of Gerald and Ruby Bradford and was raised his entire childhood in rural north Alabama. As you would guess, he was enriched with the Muscle Shoals Sound at a very early age, since his hometown of Hatton is only twenty miles away. With the Shoals R&B sound, along with country and gospel music, Chad was soaked in all types of music. Country music was his first love and still remains the same today. He was heavily influenced by Merle Haggard, Larry Gatlin, and Garth Brooks. At the age of eighteen years old, Chad got his first taste of the honkytonks performing at the Nashville Lounge in Sheffield, Alabama. This was a big adjustment for the young singer since he had only performed in church and school as a young teenager. He also started his first year of college with the plan to become a medical doctor. He finished his undergraduate studies at the University of Alabama at Birmingham with a bachelors of science in Medical Technology. Shortly after graduating, he was introduced to Walt Aldridge of FAME recording studios and began to get his first taste of the studio life. Chad also began making quite a name for himself in north Alabama and south Tennessee by playing anywhere and everywhere he could. Chad won first place in the nationally renowned Jimmy Dean Talent Contest in Muscle Shoals, Alabama. He started bringing in hundreds of faithful fans at PJ's nightclub in Muscle Shoals. 'Chad doubled and even tripled my attendance within a few months,' said Tom Berryman who is the manager there. He added, 'We had people traveling from Mississippi, Tennessee, and even Georgia to watch that boy play.' Feeling like it was time to make the big move, he moved to Nashville in January 2000. He recorded a four song demo and sold over 2000 copies with literally no promotion at all except the club venues. Earlier this past year, Chad released his first album, Dollar Short, and the response has been great. He decided to leave the regular house gig in Muscle Shoals and start promoting his album throughout the south. What a great decision he made, for he has tripled his fan base with shows in south Florida, Tennessee, and Alabama. Today, Chad continues his journey on the road living out his dream. He has left his mark on every stop along that journey and continues today with people wanting more.