The biggest star in country music today, Luke Bryan, debuted his What Makes You Country album at No. 1 on both the Billboard Top 200 and Top Country Albums charts, his third consecutive record to take the honor on the Top 200 and fifth consecutive on the Top Country Albums Chart. It was produced by Jeff Stevens and Jody Stevens and contains 15 songs, seven of them co-written by Luke including lead single "Light It Up," which became his nineteenth career No. 1 and tenth straight Billboard Country Airplay leader. In referencing the meaning behind the album's title track he shares, "what makes me country is where I was raised in Leesburg, Georgia. I was brought up with manners and raised with a work ethic that has played an important role to where I am today."
Critics are raving about What Makes You Country: The New York Times touted, "Bryan's omnivorous approach to country production is arguably more ambitious and musically progressive; it's certainly more in tune with the genre's younger listeners"; Newsday proclaimed that, "Luke makes country hit-making seem effortless"; and Radio.com writes that, "the 15-song project is a versatile one that includes the party songs Bryan is known and loved for as well as the more poignant and introspective ballads that take a look into who we are as people and where Bryan came from."
"My favorite part of making a new album is getting to collaborate with the songwriting community in this town," notes Luke. "It is important to me to continue to push myself to grow on all levels and I feel like we did that on this project."