Brantley Gilbert and Amber Cochran’s Love Story Was Years in the Making

Brantley Gilbert and Amber Cochran’s love story was in the making for several years. The pair’s initial on-again-off-again relationship began…


Lauren Jo Black

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June 28, 2021

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Brantley Gilbert and Amber Cochran’s love story was in the making for several years.

The pair’s initial on-again-off-again relationship began in high school, but they later grew apart due to Gilbert’s battle with addiction.

Around the time his music career began to flourish so did his need for alcohol and opiates. The Georgia native once told People that there was a time that he kept a bottle Jagermeister or vodka and pills “at arm’s reach at all times.”

It got so bad, Gilbert said, that “every hour and a half to two hours it’d be time to get two or three good pulls on the bottle. And every three or four hours it’s time for a pill or two.”

With his relationship with Cochran on the rocks, Gilbert’s drug and alcohol use continued to spiral out of control.

During a trip to the hospital to be treated for pancreatitis, Gilbert was told that if he kept up his ways, he wouldn’t live to see his next birthday. That’s when he decided to make a change.

Gilbert took his final drink on December 18, 2011.

After getting sober, he struck up a relationship with fellow country singer Jana Kramer. The pair even got engaged and started living together in early 2013. They called off their engagement just seven months later.


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It appears the demise of his relationship with Kramer was meant to be. Gilbert soon rekindled his relationship with Cochran and they’ve been together ever since.

“There wasn’t a period of time that went by that I didn’t think of her,” he shared. “If I wrote a love song, there’s a piece of her in it somewhere, even when we weren’t together.”

The pair got engaged in the fall of 2014 and tied the knot on June 28, 2015.

Gilbert and Cochran quickly began to try to conceive a baby, but weren’t having any luck getting pregnant. They continued to face fertility issues for nearly two years.

“We’d been to see a fertility specialist, and two different folks that told me it would be close to a miracle if it happened without IVF,” he revealed to People. “I’m not much of a quitter, but I was really, really frustrated.”

The couple got the surprise of a lifetime in early 2017 when Amber learned she was pregnant. They welcomed their son, Barrett Hardy-Clay, on November 11, 2017.

Their second child, Braylen Hendrix, was born on September 9, 2019. 

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Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for and her work being featured on She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.