Brett Young kept the hits, and the career home runs, coming in 2017

Anaheim, California, native Brett Young is a former baseball player who’s now hitting home runs in the vocal booth.

Brett has been making an impression both in the studio and on the road in 2017. He released his gold-certified, self-titled debut record, which includes the back-to-back No. 1 hits “Sleep Without You” and “In Case You Didn’t Know.” And following an impressive run of shows opening for Lady Antebellum, Thomas Rhett and Luke Bryan, Young launched “Caliville,” his first headlining tour this fall.

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His self-titled debut has a distinctly west coast sensibility, but was recorded in Nashville with producer Dann Huff (Keith Urban, Thomas Rhett) and features 11 tracks co-written by Brett. On the album, Brett mixes a soulful resonance with a natural, romantic vulnerability that is best reflected in his No. 1, double-platinum song “In Case You Didn’t Know.” Fans couldn’t get enough. The video for the song was No. 1 on Vevo’s Country Chart for six consecutive weeks.

That’s not all. “In Case You Didn’t Know” was nominated for a Teen Choice Country Song and was also nominated for Breakthrough Video of the Year at the 2017 CMT Music Awards. Brett was also named the only country act on Shazam’s “Emerging Artists of 2017” list.

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Brett is now nominated for New Artist of the Year in the Rare Country Awards, and it’s up to you to decide the winner. Voting begins Nov. 13 at and runs until Dec. 13. Winners will be revealed during a livestreamed concert on Dec. 14.

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