Joining the list of rising country music stars is the Illinois native Brett Eldredge who celebrates his 32nd birthday today. Fresh from hosting a tour around his favorite spots in Nashville to celebrate his 7th top 10 hit, the young singer has more important to commemorate particularly on this day. Born on March 23, 1986, Brett Eldredge is the eldest son of Robin Beth and Christopher Eldredge. He has a brother named Brice. He is also a distant cousin of Terry Eldredge who is a member of a bluegrass band, The Grascals.

Country Music’s Influence on Him

As a kid, Eldredge grew up listening to some of the influential figures in the music industry, the likes of Ray Charles, Bobby Darin, and Frank Sinatra. His fascination with country music started at the age of 16 after hearing the country music duo, Brooks & Dunn. He was able to keep such fascination with him when he entered college. Moreover, he had a trip to Nashville where he happened to hear his cousin Terry perform on stage at the Station Inn. That encounter inspired him to move to Middle Tennessee State University. From then on, Eldredge has immersed himself in the vocal styles of several country music legends like Ray Price, George Jones, and Vince Gill. 

His Nashville Career

Similar with many of his peers in country music, Eldredge started out as a songwriter. At the age of 23, he penned his first song called “I Think I’ve Had Enough.” It was recorded on Gary Allan’s 2010 album Get Off On the Pain. He signed a contract with Atlantic Records by the middle of the year and released his first single in September 2010. On the following month, Eldredge first appeared at the mecca of Country music, The Grand Ole Opry.

His first major hit came out in 2012 with his single “Don’t Ya.” He released his debut album Bring You Back in 2013 and appeared at the opening of Taylor Swift’s Red Tour that year. The album peaked at No. 2 on the country albums charts and No. 11 on the Billboard charts. His brilliance turned even brighter in 2014 following his Country Music Award for New Artist of the Year. He was also among the 30 country music artists chosen to perform on Forever Country, a mash-up track of selected country songs which celebrates the CMA Awards’ 50 years.

In the succeeding years, Eldredge’s music career continued to blossom and released several chart-topper singles. Undeniably, he is one of tomorrow’s country star.

To honor Eldredge’s birthday, here’s one of his No. 1 singles “Wanna Be That Song” that we would surely want as much as he does.

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