While Brad Paisley was recently on the Kelly Clarkson show, he was reminiscing on his past music career. Paisley laughed and said, “I think I got booed off the stage by, like, five-year-olds.”
Paisley has been on 15 headlining tours, has had 12 studio albums, and 21 No. 1 singles. Even though Paisley has tons of experience with live crowds, he told Clarkson that his most intimidating live performance was performing for children back in his hometown.
“I got booked to sing for toddlers at the library one afternoon, and I don’t recommend that for anybody,” Paisley remembered. “Unless you’re like Raffi or one of those people that really cater to that, there’s nothing in your arsenal that will work. That is the test of all tests on a performer.”
In his early years, Paisley actually has preformed many gigs for younger audiences. Such as, Rotary Club luncheons, Lions Club meetings, and mother-daughter banquets.
Paisley and his band were even invited to perform for WWVA’s Jamboree USA program. Where he then became part of the show’s weekly lineup.
All of these smaller gigs led up to Paisley opening for The Judds and George Jones, then eventually becoming who he is today.