At a typical concert there will be people in the crowd who are talking, texting and trying to take a picture of the person performing on their phone that doesn’t look like an orange blur.
But there are moments in most shows when the talking stops and whether you have heard of Brett Young or not, he suddenly has your attention.
The song “Pretend I Never Loved You,” is that song for Young and it’s so new that it is not on his new record titled, On Fire. It will likely be released later this year when Young expects to release his next record.
For now his single “Kiss by Kiss,” is cracking radio and could be the native Californian’s first hit.
Young is currently on tour with Tyrone Wells through the end of April with cities such as Houston, Dallas, San Diego and Los Angeles.
He could be in the Major Leagues right now or in Hollywood. He was one of the top five high school baseball prospects in the nation with a 15-0 record and a 0.91 ERA as a senior. He had a chance to be drafted and get a $250,000 signing bonus but he choose to play college baseball instead.
With a 6-6 frame and a fastball in the 90’s, Young figured he would get another chance at a Big-League contract but that chance would never come. On opening day of his junior year, he blew out his elbow, an injury that would end his baseball career.
He has the looks and charm to make it in Hollywood but instead he turned to his music roots and resumed his music career.
“I hadn’t played music since high school. I didn’t want to sit behind a desk so I started this journey nine years ago,” Young said.
The results have produced three records and his music has been featured on the TV shows Kourtney and Kim Take New York and MTV’s the Real World. He’s shared the stage with artists like Katy Perry and Gavin DeGraw His first two releases were both as an independent artist.
Supposed to Be was released in May of 2012 and his follow up was with a self-titled EP that was put out in December of 2012.
Young’s latest record On Fire was released by Rutherford Entertainment in February of this year and so far he has found the most effective way to expand his fan base is to keep touring.
“Social media has been the easiest way to reach people with the way music has been on You Tube but nothing has been more effective to reaching new fans than going out there with a guy like Tyrone,” Young said. “This has been a great tour for us. We’ve made a lot of new fans.”
Young will be capping off his tour with a listening party concert in Duluth, GA on April 26.