A songwriting trip/vacation turned out to be the perfect getaway for rising new artist Brett Young. The singer and his fellow traveling co-writers cranked out a couple of chart-topping hits on their retreat to Mexico in 2015, his debut No. 1 “Sleep Without You” and the follow-up, the openly romantic “In Case You Didn’t Know.”
Young celebrated the latter smash at a jam-packed industry party at the recently-opened FGL House in downtown Nashville, joined by the song’s co-writers Trent Tomlinson, Tyler Reeve and Kyle Schlienger, who were all marking their first No. 1 singles. The party kicked off with a different touch, as a black-and- white film of the actual writing session was played, showing how the foursome bandied about ideas and lyrics. The film also featured the demo recording session.
“We wanted to write great songs but we also wanted to go on vacation,” Young told the audience. “So, we all won.” During the party, Young and the co-writers received gifts and accolades all around, including plaques from the CMA and Country Radio Broadcasters. Schlienger and Young picked up brand-new Yeti coolers from ASCAP, while BMI affiliated writers Reeve and Tomlinson were presented with guitars and mint julep cups, perfect for celebrating.
Young shared that he had a strong feeling about “In Case You Didn’t Know” from the beginning. “We knew we had something special,” he said. “But I’m so thankful for how this song just continues to change my life.” Young also thanked his BMLG Records promotion team for their ardent support of the single.
By having his first two singles go No. 1, Young entered a select company of country artists. Clint Black, Brooks & Dunn and Donna Fargo are among those who have pulled off the difficult task. Such notables as Garth Brooks and Alan Jackson did not, just for the record.
Young appears to be on his way for a “triple play,” so to speak, as his current single, “Like I Loved You,” currently races up the charts. You can catch Young on tour with Lady Antebellum and at various summer fairs and festivals.