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Brett Young

Brett Young

American country pop singer
Brett Young
The basics

Quick Facts

Intro American country pop singer
Is Songwriter Singer
From United States of America
Type Music
Gender male
Birth 23 March 1981, Anaheim, USA
Age 39 years
Star sign Aries
Country music
The details


Brett Charles Young (born March 23, 1981) is an American country pop singer-songwriter from Orange County, California. He was a college baseball pitcher but took up songwriting after an elbow injury. His self-titled debut EP, produced by Dann Huff, was released by Republic Nashville on February 12, 2016. The lead single, "Sleep Without You", was released on April 11, and he had a major success with his following single, "In Case You Didn't Know". He released his second major label album Ticket to L.A. in 2018.

Early life

Young was born in Anaheim, Orange County. He attended Calvary Chapel High School in Costa Mesa, California, and then Ole Miss, Irvine Valley College, and Fresno State. He started singing in the late 1990s when he stepped in to replace an absent leader of the band during a Christian worship meeting at high school.

Young was a pitcher on his high school baseball team and led the squad to a CIF championship. He went to Ole Miss on a baseball scholarship in 1999 after turning down pre-draft selection by both Tampa Bay Devil Rays and Minnesota Twins. In his one season on the Rebel baseball team in 2000, he earned a varsity letter and posted two wins and two saves. He then lettered for one season at Irvine Valley before moving to Fresno. However, his pursuit of a professional baseball career was cut short by an elbow injury while at Fresno in 2003.

Music career

According to Young, he was inspired by Gavin DeGraw after he heard his album Chariot as well as singer/songwriter Jeffrey Steele and decided to return to music. Young independently released a self-titled four-song EP in 2007, then Make Believe in 2011, followed by the albums Brett Young, On Fire, and Broken Down in 2012–13.

After eight years based in Los Angeles, Young moved to Nashville. He was soon signed by the Big Machine Label Group in August 2015.

2016–present: Brett Young EP and album

In February 2016, Young released a six-song self-titled EP. "Sleep Without You" was released as the first single from the EP in April 2016. Young wrote the song with Justin Ebach and Kelly Archer. The second single to be released from the album "In Case You Didn't Know", was released January 9, 2017. The song reached number one on the Country Airplay chart, and was certified triple Platinum by RIAA. The album's third single, "Like I Loved You" released to country radio on July 17, 2017.

On February 10, 2017, Young released his self-titled debut studio album Brett Young. The album was produced by Dann Huff, and released through Big Machine Label Group. It debuted at number two on the Top Country Albums chart. Brett is currently touring with his band which includes lead guitarist Keaton Simons, drummer Billy Hawn, Keys/guitarist Matt Ferranti, and bass guitarist Noah Needleman.

2018–present: Ticket to L.A.

In December 2018, Young released his sophomore album Ticket to L.A.. The lead single for the album, "Here Tonight", which he co-wrote with Ben Caver, Justin Ebach and Charles Kelley, was released in September 2018. It reached at number one on the Country Airplay in April 2019. The album's second single, "Catch" released to country radio on June 3, 2019.

Personal life

In February 2018, Young got engaged to his girlfriend Taylor Mills. The couple wed in Palm Desert, California on November 3, 2018. On April 6, 2019, they announced they are expecting their first child in the fall of 2019. Their daughter was born in October 2019.


Studio albums

Title Album details Peak chart
Sales Certifications
US Country
Brett Young
  • Release date: December 23, 2012
  • Label: Brett Young
On Fire
  • Release date: March 1, 2013
  • Label: Rutherford Entertainment
Broken Down
  • Release date: October 15, 2013
  • Label: Rutherford Entertainment
Brett Young
  • Release date: February 10, 2017
  • Label: Big Machine
2 18 26
  • US: 253,400
  • RIAA: Platinum
  • MC: Platinum
Ticket to L.A.
  • Release date: December 7, 2018
  • Label: Big Machine
1 15 93 38
  • US: 75,900
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Extended plays

Title Album details Peak chart
US Country
Brett Young EP 2007
  • Release date: 2007
  • Label: Ola Vista Music
Make Believe
  • Release date: January 13, 2011
  • Label: Rutherford Entertainment
  • Release date: October 12, 2011
  • Label: Brett Young
Supposed to Be
  • Release date: May 18, 2012
  • Label: Brett Young
Brett Young
  • Release date: February 12, 2016
  • Label: Republic Nashville
30 189 6
  • US: 19,200
The Acoustic Sessions
  • Release date: August 16, 2019
  • Label: Republic Nashville
  • US: 800
"—" denotes releases that did not chart


Title Year Peak chart positions Sales Certifications Album
US Country
US Country Airplay
CAN Country
"Sleep Without You" 2016 3 2 47 7 93
  • US: 377,000
  • RIAA: Platinum
Brett Young
"In Case You Didn't Know" 2017 2 1 19 1 50
  • US: 1,263,000
  • RIAA: 5× Platinum
  • MC: Gold
"Like I Loved You" 3 1 46 1 91
  • US: 256,000
  • RIAA: Platinum
"Mercy" 2018 2 1 29 8 56
  • US: 489,000
  • RIAA: 2× Platinum
"Here Tonight" 2 1 42 2 70
  • US: 89,000
  • RIAA: Platinum
Ticket to L.A.
"Catch" 2019 5 1 29 3 90
  • RIAA: Gold
"Lady" 2020 22 32 TBD
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Featured singles

Title Year Album
"I Do"
(with Astrid S)
2020 TBA

Other charted songs

Title Year Peak chart positions Album
US Country
"Don't Wanna Write This Song" 2018 32 Ticket to L.A.

Music videos

Title Year Director
"Sleep Without You" 2016 Shane Drake
"In Case You Didn't Know" 2017 Jennifer Rothlein
"Like I Loved You" Phillip Lopez
"O Holy Night" N/A
"Mercy" 2018 Seth Kupersmith
"Here Tonight" Greg Crutcher
"Catch" 2019 Seth Kupersmith

Awards and nominations

Year Awards Category Recipient/Work Result Ref
2017 Academy of Country Music Awards New Male Vocalist of the Year Himself Nominated
CMT Music Awards Breakthrough Video of the Year "In Case You Didn't Know" Nominated
Teen Choice Awards Choice Country Song Nominated
Country Music Association Awards New Artist of the Year Himself Nominated
2018 Academy of Country Music Awards New Male Vocalist of the Year Himself Won
Billboard Music Awards Top Country Song "In Case You Didn't Know" Nominated
Top Country Album Brett Young Nominated
CMT Music Awards Video of the Year "Mercy" Nominated
Country Music Association Awards New Artist of the Year Himself Nominated
2019 Teen Choice Awards Choice Country Artist Himself Nominated

[81]Television appearances

Year Title Role Notes
2014 Chrisley Knows Best Himself Preformed at a Party
2019 CMT Crossroads Alongside Boyz II Men and Brooks & Dunn
American Idol Seventeenth season Top 24
The contents of this page are sourced from Wikipedia article on 25 Jun 2020. The contents are available under the CC BY-SA 4.0 license.
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