Brett Eldredge

March 23, 1986
  • Brett Eldredge grew up listening to records from Ray Charles, Ronnie Dunn, Bobby Darin and Frank Sinatra. From very early on, music was a part of his life. "There's a video of me singing "Take Me Out To The Ballgame" in the living room with a Chicago Cubs helmet on; we're huge Cubs fans," he told The Boot. "In it, you can see that I could actually carry a tune at the young age of four."

    "My family started to have me sing the National Anthem at family parties. I'd get real nervous, and then someone would give me a candy bar or $5, and I'd sing," he added. "My body would shake. They'd call it the man voice, because I had this older voice coming out of a kid's body."
  • Eldredge only became proficient with the guitar once he moved to Nashville after college. "It took me a while to finally get a hold of the guitar, but once I did I was hooked," he said. "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."
  • Eldredge's debut album, Bring You Back, was released in 2013 on Atlantic Nashville. The record spawned three #1 country singles, including the Hot 100 Top 40 hit "Don't Ya."
  • He was named the CMA Awards New Artist of the Year in 2014.
  • On Eldredge's tour bus there's a drawer full of wigs. He makes his visitors wear one.
  • Brett Elderidge is a cousin of Terry Eldredge, who was once of the mainstays of Dolly Parton's band and since 2004 has been a member of seminal bluegrass outfit the Grascals.
  • Brett Eldredge has suffered from panic attacks since he was a child. He told ABC's Dan Harris on his 10 Percent Happier podcast, how for a long time he didn't understand what was happening. "In college, I remember times where I would go to a party and I would be breaking into sweats and, like, just drenched, and I'd just [think], 'Is something wrong with me?'" he recalled.

    Eldredge learned to deal with the crippling attacks by spending time on meditation. In the summer of 2016, he adopted a dog named Edgar Boogie, a Weimaraner/Vizsla mix who helped with his healing journey.
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