If Brett Young had his way, he would be playing baseball today. However, life took a different turn when an elbow injury changed his career path completely. Today, he is a successful American country pop singer and songwriter.
His self-titled debut EP was released in February 2016. In 2017, his hit single ‘In Case You Didn’t Know’ was ranked #1 by Country Airplay chart, and secured over eight nominations at the 2018 Academy of Country Music Awards, with him winning the New Male Vocalist award. Despite a change in his career path, the singer has forged ahead to create a niche for himself in country music with the release of many hit albums and singles.
How Brett Young’s Dream Of Becoming A Baseballer Was Thwarted By Injury
Brett Charles Young was born in Anaheim, Orange County, California, USA, on March 23, 1981. He grew up to attend Calvary Chapel High School in Costa Mesa, California. While in high school, Young played as a pitcher on his high school baseball team and led the squad to a CIF championship. He would later go on to attend the University of Mississippi on a baseball scholarship in 1999; declining pre-draft selections by Tampa Bay Devil Rays and Minnesota Twins.
Following his graduation from high school, Young not only attended the University of Mississippi, Oxford, Mississipi, but he also attended Irvine Valley College, Irvine, California and California State University, Fresno. During the one season he spent on the Rebel baseball team at the University of Mississippi in 2000, Young earned a varsity letter and posted two wins and two saves. He then lettered for one season at Irvine Valley before making the move to Fresno.
According to reliable sources, Young was cut out to be a professional baseballer, but life had other plans. In the 2003 season, Young’s chances of a successful professional baseball career were thwarted by an elbow injury while playing at California State University, Fresno.
He Kickstarted His Musical Career In 2007
After Brett Young sustained a career-ending injury, what followed was a fallback to music. He luckily already had a foundation from singing in the Christian fellowship back in high school. It began in the late ‘90s when he was asked to step in for an absent band leader during a Christian worship meeting. Young had been inspired by Gavin DeGraw since he first listened to his album. He also drew inspiration from the prolific singer and songwriter, Jeffrey Steele.
His resolve saw the independent release of a self-titled four-song EP in 2007; and then another in 2011, ‘Make Believe’; then came other albums like ‘Brett Young’, ‘On Fire’, and ‘Broken Down’ between 2012 and 2013. Within this period, Young moved to Nashville, Tennessee, the home state of fellow country singer, Brandon Heath. There, in August 2015, he was signed by the Big Machine Label Group.
In Case You Didn’t Know Ushered Him To Stardom
In February 2016, Brett Young released a six-song self-titled EP. ‘Sleep Without You’ was released as the lead single from the EP in April 2016. It took the No. 2 spot on Country Airplay chart, as well as No. 3 on the US Hot Country Songs chart. Having sold more than one million digital copies in the US, the single was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). Brett then became a country hitmaker with the release of another single titled ‘In Case You Didn’t Know’ in January 2017.
The song peaked at number one on the Country Airplay chart; number one on Billboard’s Canada Country chart; and number two on US Hot Country Songs chart. Also, it was certified quintuple platinum by the RIAA for recording sales and stream units of over 5 million in the United States. He released the third single, ‘Like I Loved You’ in July 2017 and like the first single, the song peaked at No. 1 on the Us Country Airplay chart and No. 1 on Billboard’s Canada Country chart and gained a platinum certification by the RIAA.
He Has Released Many Chart-topping Albums And Singles In Recent Years
In February 2018, Brett Young moved on to release another hit single ‘Mercy’ from the EP which debuted atop Country Airplay chart and number two on Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. It was also certified triple platinum by the RIAA. Meanwhile, in February 2017, the country-pop singer dropped an eponymous debut studio album that contained 12 tracks of which 6 were featured on his previously released self-titled Extended Play. The album peaked at No. 2 on the Top Country Albums chart and sold over a million units in the United States.
Some of the singles on the album include ‘Sleep Without You’, ‘Close Enough’, ‘In Case You Didn’t Know’, ‘Like I Loved You’, ‘You Ain’t Here to Kiss Me’, ‘Beautiful Believer’, and ‘Mercy’. Later in September 2018, he released a lead single ‘Here Tonight‘ from his second studio album titled ‘Ticket to L.A.’ that was released three months later, and debuted atop Billboard Country Albums chart. ‘Here Tonight’ ranked No. 1 on the Country Airplay chart in April of 2019.
Then on June 3rd, 2019, the album’s second single ‘Catch’ was dropped and it peaked at No. 1 on the US Country Airplay chart, making it Brett Young’s fifth No. 1 single on the chart. Afterwards, he released the third single ‘Don’t Wanna Write This Song’ in the same year. He dropped another Extended Play titled ‘The Acoustic Sessions’ in August 2019, and also, a single titled ‘Lady’ in 2020. Aside from gaining Academy of Country Music Awards nominations, Young has also been nominated for CMT Music Awards, Teen Choice Awards, Country Music Association Awards, and Billboard Music Awards.
The Famed Country Singer Has Amassed A Fortune From Music
Brett Young’s 10-year plus career coupled with his popularity among millions of country music fans have translated into a sizeable fortune. He has released multiple massive hit singles, as well as albums and has also been on several musical tours. In 2017, Brett began taking musical tours around the United States. With him are his drummer, lead guitarist, bass guitarist and several other members of his crew.
His musical tours so far include Home Team Tour — together with Thomas Rhett, You Look Good World Tour, Carlinville Tour — alongside Carly Pearce, and Life Changes Tour in 2018. The tour continued into 2019. According to sources, his net worth is currently estimated at $3 million.
Young Met His Soulmate, Taylor Mills Through A Mutual Friend
Young got acquainted with Taylor Mills in Arizona, through a mutual friend while she was a student at the Arizona State University. Soon afterwards, he left Arizona for Orange County and after four months of meeting Mills, he received a text from her and the two immediately embarked on a long-distance relationship. Following Taylor Mills graduation from the university, she relocated to Los Angeles in order to be close to her heartthrob.
After dating for six years, the duo called off the affair following the music star’s decision to grow his country music career by moving to Nashville where he signed a record deal in 2015. The lovebirds stayed apart for two years before rekindling their romance. It was at this time that they realized that they were meant for each other, as such, got engaged in February 2018. Brett Young popped the question during a casual outing at Graduate Hotel situated in Oxford, Mississippi, near Ole Miss, with a custom oval-cut diamond ring designed by jeweller, David M. Kodner.
The Couple First Tied The Knot Secretly Prior To Their Big California Wedding
After their engagement, Young and Mills couldn’t wait any longer for their already scheduled wedding ceremony. Thus, they decided to exchange vows secretly at the Rhinestone Wedding Chapel in Nashville on October 8th, 2018. Nevertheless, they continued planning for their big day without letting the cat out of the bag.
The couple wedded in Palm Desert, California, on November 3, 2018. The ceremony was graced by over 200 guests and was lighted up with performances from Brett’s fellow country singers like Gavin DeGraw, Lee Brice, and Luke Combs. On April 6, 2019, only months into their wedding they announced via an Instagram post that they are expecting their first child together in the fall of 2019.
Their adorable daughter, Presley Elizabeth Young arrived on October 21, 2019. The lovely couple is happily married and there is no sign of divorce.
The Music Star’s Wife Is A Homemaker
Brett Young’s significant other is a native of Arizona. Her birth date is recorded as August 1, 1985, and her birthplace is Scottsdale, Arizona. She had her elementary education at a private school based in Arizona. She subsequently enrolled in Arizona State University where she earned a Bachelor’s degree.
Since her marriage to the award-winning country singer, Taylor Mills reportedly works as a full-time homemaker. Details of her parents, siblings and childhood experiences are yet to be made available.