Brett Eldredge is a talented American country musician who’s not just blessed with amazing vocals but is also a celebrated songwriter, composing for himself and several other musical acts. He came to the spotlight in 2010 following the release of his debut single ‘Raymond’ which dropped at number 52 on the US Billboard Hot Country Songs chart.
The country singer has no less than four albums under his belt and continues to rise. He has also received numerous awards since he took to the path of music, following in the footsteps of his cousin, Terry Eldredge.
Brett Eldredge’s Career Choice Was Heavily Influenced By His Cousin Terry
Brett Ryan Eldredge was born in Paris, Illinois in the United States of America on the 23rd day of March 1986 to Robin Beth Vonderlage (mother) and Christopher Eldredge (father). The ‘Raymond’ crooner in his early days loved music and idolized music icons like Ray Charles, Bobby Darin, as well as Frank Sinatra. The young Brett was a teenager when he began receiving invitations to perform in local pubs and shows.
Brett comes from a musically inclined family and was influenced by his brother Bruce and cousin named Terry Eldredge. Terry is the founder of The Grascals, a sextet bluegrass band from Nashville, Tennessee, popularly known for their performances at bluegrass festivals across the United States, as well as on Grand Old Opry. They are recipients of numerous awards, including ten International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) awards and 28 Society of the Preservation of Bluegrass Music of America (SPBGMA) awards.
After his high school education, Brett enrolled in Elmhurst College in Elmhurst, Illinois but later transferred to Tennessee State University from where he eventually graduated. His reason for transferring to Tennessee University was to be closer to his cousin – Terry Eldredge and watch him perform.
‘Raymond’ Marked The Beginning Of His Successful Career In Music
Brett Eldredge did not wait until graduation to launch his career but as an undergraduate, he was already writing songs and performing at songwriter nights in the Nashville area. Brett would then cross path with Byron Gallimore, a renowned country singer and record producer, who hugely encouraged him and equally signed him to his company. The year 2010 heralded a walk into glory after he co-wrote ‘I Think I’ve Had Enough’ for Gary Allan, which was part of his eight studio album ‘Get Off on the Pain’.
The same year, Brett dropped his first official debut single titled ‘Raymond’ under Atlantic Records. The song was widely received and debuted at No. 52 on the US Billboard Hot Country Songs. It trended for a while and eventually peaked at number 23. His second single ‘Ain’t Gotta Be Love’ was released on June 28, 2011, and recorded massive commercial success. After his third single ‘Don’t Ya’ scored massive market success following its release in October 2012 and its climb to the top 20 of the Hot Country Songs, Brett Eldredge dropped his first studio album titled ‘Bring You Back’ on August 6, 2013, under Atlantic Nashville.
The album was certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) and reached number one on the Country Airplay. His second album ‘Illinois’, released on September 15, 2015, under Atlantic Nashville, was certified Gold by RIAA. His third and fourth albums titled ‘Glow’ and ‘Brett Eldredge’ were released on October 28, 2016, and August 4, 2017, respectively. He then dropped another studio album titled ‘Sunday Drive’ in July 2020 and it peaked at No. 5 on the US Country Albums chart.
The album’s lead single ‘Gabrielle’ was released earlier in April 2020 and it debuted at No. 29 on the Hot Country chart and No. 27 on the Country Airplay chart.
Many Of His Songs Have Charted Atop Billboard Country Airplay Chart
Since he began his career, the gifted singer has released several chart-topping singles and albums. He has dropped over four No. 1 singles on the Billboard Country Airplay chart. Although his third single ‘Don’t Ya’ was released in October 2012, it was included in his debut album ‘Bring You Back’ released the next year. The song went on to peak at No. 1 on the Country Airplay chart and has achieved Platinum certification by the RIAA.
The album also produced two other number one singles on the Country Airplay chart – ‘Beat of the Music’ and ‘Mean to Me’. Both were commercially successful and certified Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America. Then on September 11th, 2015, Brett Eldredge dropped his second studio album along with its lead single ‘Lose My Mind’. The song peaked at No. 2 on the US Hot Country Songs chart and No. 1 on the Country Airplay chart. It also achieved Platinum certification by the RIAA.
Still, on the quest of creating a niche for himself in country music, Brett dropped the album’s third single ‘Wanna Be That Song’ on May 23rd, 2016 and it clinched the No. 1 spot on the Country Airplay chart in January 2017 and equally peaked at No. 1 on the Canada Country Songs chart. ‘Wanna Be That Song’ was certified Platinum by the RIAA. Additionally, in 2016, the country singer made news headlines as he was listed among the artists to perform on a mash-up single of ‘On the Road Again’, ‘Take Me Home, Country Roads’ and ‘I Will Always Love You’ titled ‘Forever Country’ in commemoration of CMA Awards 50 years anniversary.
Eldredge’s Career Has Been Decorated With Many Awards
Over the course of his career, Brett Eldredge has received numerous awards and nominations. He has so far been nominated for the American Country Awards, Academy Country Awards, ASCAP, BMI Awards, Country Music Association Awards, and Teen Choice Awards. In 2014, his single ‘Don’t Ya’ landed him the ASCAP Country Music Award and BMI Country Award. In the same year, he equally took home the Country Music Association Award for New Artist of the Year.
Also in 2014, Brett won the American Country Countdown Song of the Year Award for ‘Best of the Music’ which also earned him a BMI Country Award in 2015. His hit track ‘Mean to Me’ further earned him two more awards in 2015. Brett Eldredge’s success has reflected on his wealth as the singer is said to be worth at least $5 million.
He Shares a Special Bond With His Brother
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I woke up very emotional in the middle of the night a few months ago with the realization that my big brother was about to get married and that we were no longer kids anymore…I had been putting off writing my best man speech until it came to me at 3am and I wrote the whole thing in bed that night…my brother is a great man and is my first call when life comes at me sideways…he and his incredibly smart and beautiful wife Lori are gonna have an awesome life together and I couldn’t be more happy for them…so here’s my best man speech, i didn’t write it for an album or any project, I wrote it for my brother, and though it’s almost impossible to sing through the tears, hopefully you will at least hear my heart for my brother, my best friend…here's my "Best Man Speech"
Brett Eldredge has an older brother whose name is Brice. The two have a strong brotherly bond which was perhaps strengthened when they lived together for over seven years in their adult years. Brett acknowledges Brice as his constant support and an encourager. To express his profound gratitude to his big brother, Brett, in his self-titled album, wrote a heartfelt song for Brice titled ‘Brother’. The piece has since clinched the number one spot on the country music chart. Additionally, his elder brother serves as his business manager.
During Brice’s wedding in late 2019, the famous music artist was made the best man and instead of writing a best man speech, he did what he knew how to do best; penned a one-of-a-kind song which he performed in dedication to his brother at the ceremony.
The Country Singer Is Possibly Single
For now, it is presumed that Brett Eldredge is still single. However, sometime in the past, he entered into a relationship with an American model who goes by the name Rachel Hilbert after he featured the model in his ‘Lose My Mind’ music video. The pair reportedly dated for five months in 2015 before calling it quits. While together, the then couple shared photos of each other on Instagram, with the Victoria’s Secret model attending some of Eldredge’s shows.
Another lady linked to this country singer is an American actress named Sadie Robertson, whom he also featured in another of his music videos. Although the two cited that their relationship is purely platonic, the natural chemistry between them in the video is undeniable. However, the actress got engaged to Christian Huff in June 2019.
It won’t be out of place to state that perhaps, Brett is enjoying a single life at the moment while working to improve his music career. He has a dog named Edgar that he shares his leisure time with.