When a distant cousin, also a professor of music management at the University of Montana, heard Easton’s music, he asked if he could send it to some of his Nashville contacts. Among those who were impressed by Easton’s talent was booking agent James Yelich, who asked if he could hear him play in person.
Easton, eager for a shot to pursue his dream, quickly agreed. Also at the meeting was Joe Fisher, who had recently joined Universal Music Group Nashville as Senior Director of Artist and Repertoire. The two men were blown away and Fisher quickly signed him to the label.
He debuted in 2009 with not one, but two, No. 1 singles, “A Little More Country Than That” and “Roll With It,” and a Top 15 hit, “I Can’t Love You Back.” Easton became the first male country artist in 17 years to have his first two consecutive singles reach No. 1. Billboard named Easton the Top New Country Artist of 2010 and named “Roll With It” the No. 6 Hot Country Song of the Year. He was ranked No. 9 on Billboard‘s list of Top Country Artists-Male, listed between Blake Shelton and Tim McGraw.
Easton made his Grand Ole Opry debut March 20, 2010. “That was one of the coolest experiences of my life,” he told Nashville Music Guide.
The young singer followed up his debut with more hits, including “Lovin’ You Is Fun,” “All Over The Road,” “Clockwork” and “Baby Be My Love Song.” While Easton has plenty of long-term goals, the most important ones are simple. “I want to get my music to as many people as possible,” he says with a determined smile. “You’ve got to be good to your fans, and you’ve got to make music that’s true to you.”