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A native of Kingsport, Tennessee, Brad moved to Knoxville at the age of 19 to attend the University of Tennessee and pursue his dream of being a singer/songwriter. Brad got his first guitar for Christmas at the age of seventeen. “I didn’t even ask for it… in fact, I was a little bummed out..I was hoping for an Xbox 360.”, says Blackwell, but he didn’t let it collect any dust. Brad learned quickly, teaching himself to play by picking up tips off of the internet and before too long was discovering his natural talent for writing songs. Brad teamed up with hit songwriter Jim Denton, who co-wrote "Rope the Moon" for John Michael Montgomery. The two co-produced Blackwell’s debut CD “Blue Sky” and collaborated on writing many of the songs on the CD. Since Brad’s song "She’s My Rainbow" started receiving regular airplay from several prominent radio stations in Knoxville his career has taken off. “Things are starting to get fun!” says Brad.