BRETT ELDREDGE

Guest Artist

Upcoming Performances

Biography

Brett Eldredge has always been attracted to singers, a fact that should come as no surprise to anyone who's heard the Illinois native's soulful, distinctive baritone. "I always gravitated towards big voices, because as a kid I had this big voice coming out of me," he says. "I was hooked on the story that somebody would be telling through their voice." With hits under his belt including his debut single "Raymond," plus "Don't Ya," "Beat Of The Music" and "Mean To Me," he's finally getting the chance to share a story of his own.

Although distant cousin Terry Eldredge is a member of seminal bluegrass outfit The Grascals, closer to home, Brett's musical talent was the exception. The little kid with the big voice grew up listening to records from Ray Charles, Ronnie Dunn, and, of course, the greatest of them all: Frank Sinatra. His parents bought a guitar and a small sound system for Brett when he was a teen, and while he didn't immediately take to the instrument – "I never could sit still long enough to learn it," he admits – the sound system and its wireless microphone became a cornerstone of his early musical training. By age 15, Brett was a performer in demand for local functions. "I really grew to love the feel of the crowd," he says.

Brett says there was no question that his passion for performance would carry him to Nashville, but his move to Music City after college made one thing clear: He was going to have to pick up that abandoned guitar. "I saw people onstage playing these songwriter nights, just them and a guitar," he says. So Brett locked himself in a room to practice, and eventually started writing songs of his own. "It took me a while to finally get a hold of the guitar, but once I did I was hooked," he says. "I think being a student of singers works to my advantage, because it taught me how to phrase things. I had melodies all over the place in my head."

He has since moved on to writing with some of Nashville's greats, including the legendary "Whispering" Bill Anderson, who taught him that one of the tricks to being a great songwriter is to "just keep writing." 

During his high-energy live shows, just like that kid with the wireless mic, Brett goes out of his way to connect with every member of the crowd. "That's the place I feel more alive than anywhere," he says. "Everything it takes to get to wherever I'm going to play – every airplane and car I ride in – is so worth it once I'm able to get up on that stage. I want everybody in the crowd to feel the energy that I'm feeling from them." 

As he continues to work hard at the craft of songwriting, there's no question his talent will grow along with his audience. "You can create something from nothing, and that's the coolest thing in the world to me," Brett says. "I feel better about my music now than I ever have felt, and I can't wait for people to hear it."

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“That’s the place I feel more alive than anywhere.”

- BRETT ELDREDGE

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