Brett Young's debut single "Sleep Without You" stuck out on country radio for simply following the genre's oldest tradition: sincerity. The No. 1 song exemplified the rising star's ability to use specific experiences to craft universal messages, and its sweet premise, about a guy struggling to keep busy until his significant other comes home. This resonated with listeners who identified more with partnership than partying. "We were saying something that a lot of people were living, and they felt really connected to it," Young told AXS.
On his self-titled debut LP, Young's gravelly vocals juxtapose his SoCal sheen as he takes listeners from the quietly tragic ("You Ain’t Here To Kiss Me”), through the hopefully vulnerable (“Olivia Mae”) to the conclusively affectionate (current single "In Case You Didn't Know"). Learn more about country music's hookiest hopeless romantic below.