Brett Young is a singer and songwriter whose music balances the sophistication of contemporary pop with the emotional palette of modern country. He was born and raised in Orange County, California, and was a teenager when he first developed a love for music by learning to play guitar.
In the late ’90s, Young was a student at Costa Mesa’s Calvary Chapel High School, and he volunteered to help the school’s worship leader with performances on Friday mornings. One day, the music leader was out of town, and Brett ended up taking his place. The experience convinced him he had what it took to perform in front of an audience, but even as his confidence grew, his first loyalty was to sports. Young was a star pitcher on Calvary Chapel High’s baseball team, and in his senior year he helped the team achieve a 28-1 record and took them to the CIF championships, chalking up 130 strikeouts and a 0.90 ERA that season.
Brett was being scouted by the majors during his high school days, but his baseball career came to an end in college when a serious elbow injury spoiled his pitching arm, and he began exploring music again.