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Zachary Alexander Brown

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Zachary Alexander Brown
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Born (1978-07-31) July 31, 1978 (age 42)
Atlanta, Georgia

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Zachary "Zac" Alexander Brown born[1] on July 31, 1978, in Atlanta, Georgia is co-founder and lead singer of the Zac Brown Band.[2] He was raised on Lake Lanier by his mother, Bettye, and stepfather Dr. Jody Moses, a dentist in Cumming, Georgia. The 11th of 12 children, Brown attended Mashburn Elementary School in Cumming; Lakeview Academy in Gainesville, Georgia; and South Forsyth High School in Cumming. He later moved to Dahlonega, Georgia, at age 17, where he graduated from Lumpkin County High School.

Brown was given his mother's guitar at age 8, and one of his stepfather's patients was enlisted to teach him classical guitar. He completed two years of lessons, but soon after developed a love for bluegrass music while playing with his father and brother on weekend visits. In his mid-teens, Brown spent almost a year being tutored by a vocal coach from his church in Cumming.

While still in high school, with James Taylor as his inspiration, Brown began playing solo gigs in local venues, performing country and pop cover songs. Brown attended the University of West Georgia, where he became a member of the Zeta Kappa chapter of the Kappa Alpha Order fraternity. He was also a camp counselor at Camp Mikell in Toccoa, Georgia, and Camp Glisson, a United Methodist summer camp and retreat center located in Dahlonega, Georgia.[3][4]

In 2018 Zac and his wife Shelly ended their 12 year marriage. They have three daughters and a son.[5]


  1. Brown, Zachry Alexander. "Songwriter/Composer: BROWN ZACHRY ALEXANDER". Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI). Retrieved April 25, 2015.
  2. "Zac Brown and His Wife of 12 Years Are Separating".
  3. "Alumni News". The Kappa Alpha Order Journal. Summer 2007.
  4. Ben-Yehuda, Ayala (Oct 25, 2008). "Music: Happening Now - Zac Attack". Billboard - the International Newsweekly of Music, Video and Home Entertainment. 120 (43): 36. ProQuest 1020474.
  5. "Zac Brown and His Wife of 12 Years Are Separating".

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