Brett Young is one of country music's hottest up-and-coming young singers, and that's been validated with his nomination for New Artist of the Year in the 2017 CMA Awards. There's a great case to make for why Young deserves to win.
Young has seemingly come from out of nowhere over the course of the last year to become one of the most talked-about young artists in the genre, starting with the success of his debut single, "Sleep Without You." That song reached No. 2 on Billboard's Country Airplay chart, and Young scored his first No. 1 hit with his second single, "In Case You Didn't Know," which has become one of the breakout country hits of 2017. His third single, "Like I Loved You," already sits inside the Top 40 not long after its release. Young's self-titled debut album has received glowing reviews, and it has already been certified gold by the RIAA for selling half a million units!
Young's success is no surprise to ToC readers. We chose him as one of our RISERS in 2017, and it was obvious he was a star when he performed "In Case You Didn’t Know" on the RISERS set and followed it with a stunning cover of "Hallelujah." He's up against tough competition from Luke Combs, Old Dominion, Jon Pardi and Lauren Alaina for New Artist of the Year in the 2017 CMA Awards, but Young has the talent, the charisma and the numbers to back up a win.
Scroll through below to see all of the reasons Brett Young deserves to win New Artist of the Year in the 2017 CMA Awards. The CMA Awards are on Nov. 8.
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"In Case You Didn't Know"
Brett Young scored one of the runaway country hits of 2017 with "In Case You Didn't Know." The song not only gave him his first No. 1 hit, it also became the only country song to go platinum in 2017 so far. See Young's exclusive performance of "In Case You Didn't Know" from the RISERS shoot above.
His Debut Album Is a Huge Hit
Brett Young has become one of the true organic success stories of 2017, selling 500,000 copies and earning gold certification on the strength of genuine fan interest. Fans have been flocking to buy the album after hearing Young's songs on the radio, or seeing him on TV or live in concert. That kind of appeal early on in a career is unusual, and it's one of the things that marks Young as a potential future superstar.
His Live Shows
Young isn't one of those artists who sounds great on the radio, but can't pull it off live. The rising country star landed one of the prime touring slots of the year when Lady Antebellum chose him as a support act for their You Look Good Tour, and those dates, coupled with his radio success, have done so well that he's already announced dates for his first-ever headlining tour.
He's Got 'It'
Whatever that indefinable quality some people have is that separates them from the pack and makes them into stars, Brett Young has it in spades. You don't even have to hear Young sing to understand his appeal; he's one of those performers with such charisma that it's apparent from the second you meet him. Add to that his exceptional voice and his songwriting talents, and he's got the entire package.
Now, if only he was better-looking ... Kidding.
If you're still somehow skeptical that Brett Young deserves to win New Artist of the Year at the 2017 CMA Awards, we'll let the sheer quality of his work convince you. Watch this video to experience the live cover of "Hallelujah" that he performed on the RISERS set in February, which was so moving that even the technicians on the set stood transfixed and listened. One listen and we promise you'll be a fan for life!