NASHVILLE, TN - Capitol Records Nashville’s Luke Bryan woke up this morning to hear he had received his very first award nomination from the Academy of Country Music for “Best New Male Vocalist.”

“Mama’s going to freak about this one,” claimed Luke Bryan. “I’m freakin’ out even more. Honestly, it’s such a feeling of accomplishment. I can’t even put it in to words.”

Coming off 2007 with a #2 debuting album I’LL STAY ME; a Top 5 debut single “All My Friends Say;” a multiple-week #1 single he wrote for Billy Currington “Good Directions,” being chosen as Billboard’s 2007 country artist to watch and landing on “Best of 2007” lists for: Chicago Tribune, Atlanta Journal Constitution, Clear Channel Online Music & Radio to name a few.

Already in 2008, the Georgia native, who USA Today calls “the real deal,” has been part of three major tours of country music’s biggest artists: In January he opened for Trace Adkins “American Man” tour and is currently out with Dierks Bentley and his “Throttle Wide Open” tour. He opens the summer with being part of 12-time fellow ACM nominee Kenny Chesney as part of his “Poets & Pirates” stadium dates.

The ACM “Best New Male Vocalist” nominee’s new single “Country Man” goes for adds at country radio on March 24.

Tune in to the 43rd Annual ACM Awards, May 18, 2008, live at 8pm EST on CBS.

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