Brett Young is a brand new ACM award winner. However, when the “Sleep Without You” singer got the call from Reba McEntire, telling him the good news, he almost said something we would all advise against.
“I forget what I did say, I think I said, ‘are you kidding me?’ Brett tells One Country’s Kelly Sutton. “But I almost said, ‘shut up.’ Then later, I was like ‘I’m so glad you didn’t tell Reba to shut up.'”
So are we Brett, so are we.
With three No.1 hits under his belt—“Sleep Without You,” “In Case You Didn’t Know” and “Like I Loved You”—Brett was clearly excited about being told he was this year’s ACM New Male Vocalist of the Year.
“That [win], combined with the first time I’ve ever spoken to Reba McEntire, is pretty cool,” Brett added.
In addition, Brett is also hoping to bring a few tears to your eyes with his latest single, “Mercy.” The new tune, written by Brett and Sean McConnell, has the 6’6″ singer crooning about having his heart broken and hoping for mercy as he goes through it.
“I just hope it’s making a lot of people cry,” Brett joked with backstage at the Twisted X radio booth.
If he’s not careful, Brett just might get the reputation for being the guy that sings heartbreaking ballads. Not that there is anything wrong with that.
“But the first two singles were happy songs, wedding songs,” Brett adds. “I feel like it’s s split.”
Either way, things are working out OK for Brett. He is currently on the road with Thomas Rhett as part of his Life Changes Tour.