Brett Eldredge

HOMETOWN: Paris, Ill.

INFLUENCES: Frank Sinatra, Ray Charles, Ronnie Dunn

ALBUM: Bring You Back, out now


Brett Eldredge grew up listening to Frank Sinatra, Ray Charles and Ronnie Dunn. “I always gravitated toward big voices, because as a kid I had this big voice coming out of me,” he says. “I got hooked on the stories singers would tell through their voice.” Eldredge’s parents bought him a guitar and a wireless mic. “But I never could sit still long enough to learn it,” he admits. Eventually Eldredge buckled down and began performing gigs around his hometown, which inspired a move to Nashville in 2006. He landed a recording deal, and his debut album Bring You Back features the No. 1 hit “Don’t Ya.” “This new music is me, and it’s taken every song I’ve written up to this point to get to where I am,” he says. “I feel better about my music now than I ever have, and I can’t wait for people to hear it.”

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