Introducing… Brett Young: Part 1

So far this year, we’ve introduced you to three of country music’s hottest new acts: Jon LangstonTucker Beathard and Logan Brill. This month, we’re highlighting another one of the genre’s brightest newcomers, “Sleep Without You” singer Brett Young.

Young, who recently signed with Big Machine Label Group, never set his sights on a career in music.

“It was always baseball,” the California native told Sounds Like Nashville. “The Twins and Devil Rays called when I was 18 and it wasn’t going to be enough money, in my opinion, to skip school so I took a baseball scholarship to Ole Miss and I transferred around a bit and I blew out my elbow, had elbow surgery.”

“So when baseball was kind of taken off the table, I went home to recoup from the surgery and saw my dusty old guitar and cracked the case back open. Looking back now, I can’t imagine doing anything but music.”

Country music wasn’t a far stretch for the baseball player-turned-musician. He grew up listening to the format and fell in love after hearing a Tim McGraw song.

“I’ll never forget the first time I heard ‘Don’t Take The Girl,'” he explained. “And I went ‘How did they just tell that whole story in three and a half minutes? I want to do that.’”

Watch the video above to learn more about Young and his journey to country music. Check back next Wednesday at 10am CT for the next installment of “Introducing… Brett Young.”

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