Luke Combs

March 2, 1990
  • Luke Combs has been singing ever since he could talk. "Vince Gill was what I started singing," he told WYRK's Liz Mantel and Clay Moden. "Brooks & Dunn, Clint Black - that was my favorite stuff to sing when I was little, burning up the cassette tapes."
  • Born in Charlotte, North Carolina, Combs and his family moved to Asheville, North Carolina, where he attended A. C. Reynolds High School. Fellow country star Chase Rice, who is four years older, also went to that school.
  • By the time he started at A. C. Reynolds High School, Combs had stopped listening to Vince Gill and co. It was only when he discovered the music of Eric Church that he got back into country music.
  • Combs attended Appalachian State University, where he majored in criminal justice. "I wanted to be a homicide detective," the singer recalled on Jimmy Kimmel Live! "But if you notice, I don't actually have the physical build of a police officer necessarily. I think solving the puzzle was the intriguing part to me, which is what I love so much about writing songs. It's a puzzle that has no pieces, so you make the pieces and then you have to put them together and that's the thing that I enjoy so much about writing music."
  • Combs began playing shows at Appalachian State University and realized he wanted to pursue a music career in Nashville. His first single, "Hurricane," was written in December 2014, just three months after Combs moved to Music City. The song landed on the iTunes' Top 10 Country Chart in 2015.
  • Luke Combs first met his partner Nicole Hocking when she attended a singer-songwriter festival in Key West, Florida where he was performing. He wrote "Beautiful Crazy" about her before they even started dating. "That got me some serious brownie points, he told ABC News in 2018.

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