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Before he even opens his mouth to sing, most people are struck by how handsome rising country star Brett Young is. And even if he isn’t your type, we can all agree that he is most definitely large.

In fact, when he appeared on the Dec. 5 episode of “Live with Kelly and Ryan,” the 6’6” California boy did his interview perched on a bar stool and was still taller than Kelly Ripa, and about eye-to-eye with Ryan Seacrest. And when he did stand up, Brett towered over the 5’7” Ryan and the 5’3” Kelly, who was in high heels.

With an aw shucks dip of his head, Brett apologized for his height and jokingly pleaded, “It’s not my fault.”

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Even when Ryan pointed out that his lanky stature may have contributed to him being a “great pitcher,” Brett once again made light of the compliment, attributing his skills on the diamond to just playing baseball his entire life. He did admit, though, that baseball had been an early career ambition. “That was kind of the thing that seemed like it was going to be the thing,” he said.

But again, when Ryan asked if he knew that he could sing when his baseball career was derailed following an injury, Brett deflected the compliment, saying he had just always sung in his father’s church. “I never really saw a career path in it,” he added.

Kelly then voiced the thought that so many of us have had since discovering Brett’s music: “I’m sorry for your injury, but I’m so glad that you discovered that you could sing.”

It was then that Brett finally accepted their gracious compliments, bowing his head and saying a humble “thank you.”

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The interview followed Brett’s performance on the show, and it’s easy to see why Kelly offered such a compliment. His rendition of the holiday classic, “O Holy Night,” was truly magical.

It has been an amazing year for the tall and talented young star. He landed his first No. 1 with the aching “In Case You Didn’t Know” and went all-in on the tour front, getting out on the road with Thomas Rhett on the “Home Team Tour” and then heading back out with Lady Antebellum on the “You Look Good World Tour.” He then headlined his own “Caliville Tour” with fellow newcomer Carly Pearce.

And Brett is showing all of the signs of having a long and successful career filled with more No. 1 songs, gold and platinum albums, more headlining tours, and a mantel full of awards. In fact, you can help give him his very first trophy by voting for him in the Rare Country Awards.

Brett is nominated for New Artist of the Year, and it’s up to you to decide the winner. Vote now through Dec. 13 at RareCountryAwards.com. Winners will be revealed during a livestreamed concert event on Dec. 14 in Nashville.

Based in Nashville, Tammy is a 20-year veteran of the country music community. She has worked in marketing, PR and artist development in the past. Follow her @TammyGooGoo and join the conversation @RareCountry
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