Brett Young Reveals Acoustic Sessions with Charles Kelley

Brett Young Acoustic Sessions

California hitmaker, Brett Young has made quite the name for himself in Nashville. On the heels of success stemming from his sophomore album Ticket to L.A, the singer-songwriter has embarked on a new project. The multi-platinum selling artist revealed a video series, entitled ‘Acoustic Sessions,’ featuring stripped-down performances of songs off his sophomore record. Co-writer and Lady Antebellum’s, Charles Kelley joined Young for a performance of “Here Tonight,” as the first installment of the new series.

Young’s video series is directed by Steve Jawn. In the first session, he slows down his mid-tempo love song and chart-topping hit, turning it into an epic ballad, reminiscent of hits “In Case You Didn’t Know” and “Mercy.” The camera shows clips of the singer, in the recording booth, singing the first verse and chorus of the song, later panning to fellow singer-songwriter, Kelley, also in the booth, singing the second verse of the song.

On the second chorus of “Here Tonight,” the two talented men team up, both lending their voices to the powerful lyrics. The duet adds a beautiful and unique harmony to the stripped-down version of the track. The new series shows a more vulnerable side to Young, allowing fans to see the process that goes into putting together and recording a song.

Young is wrapping up his the ‘Miss Me More Tour’ with Kelsea Ballerini and newcomer, Brandon Ratcliff later this week. The recording artist will be performing at multiple festivals this summer. In June, he will perform at CMA Fest in Nashville, Tennessee and Country LakeShake in Chicago, Illinois. Additionally, Young will open up for superstar, Luke Bryan at Gillette Stadium on June 21st. For tickets and more information, head to

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NYCS First Impression: Brett Young ‘Ticket To L.A.’

Brett Young - Ticket to L.A.

Since the release of his self-titled debut album, Brett Young has been one of country music’s fastest rising stars. Today released the highly anticipated follow-up, Ticket to L.A., produced by Dann Huff and Jimmy Harnen, only furthering his future superstardom. With a soulful voice and a penchant towards heart-wrenching ballads, Young has that undefinable X-factor. His music stands out in the sea of sameness that sometimes plagues other young male country singers, combining powerful lyrics, different tempos, and the delivery of a true storyteller.

“I decided to name the album Ticket to L.A. because flying home to Los Angeles has become such a big part of my life,” Young revealed in a statement to “A lot of the first record reflected a kind of hard point in my life when I was moving from Los Angeles to Nashville, but I’m in a completely different place now. I’m so happy, and I think you can really hear that shift on the new record.”

Young co-wrote 10 of the album’s 13 tracks, including the opening title track and the album’s first single, “Here Tonight”. Of the single, Young revealed to “‘Here Tonight’ is about those moments, if you’re lucky enough to have them in your life, that are so good that you wish they could last forever. It’s very light—intentionally—and sonically it’s upbeat. That doesn’t exist as much on the first album, so I wanted to showcase a bit more versatility this time around. I think it’s the perfect way to cap off the summer.”

While Young can do uptempo with the best of them, he truly shines on the mid-tempos and ballads. “Catch” is a highlight of the album, both lyrically and musically as seen in the video above from an early sneak peek of the track during a special Nash FM 94.7 Up Close & Country event. Co-written by Young, Ashley Gorley, and Ross Copperman, “Catch” is about a person who unexpectedly changes your life. The writers here use the word “catch” creatively, formulating a masterful chorus, “I thought that I’d catch a buzz, catch a game / Catch up with the boys the same old thing / Catch a cab back to my place / But then I saw your face / Now you got me trying to / Catch you a ride, catch your name / Catch a spark and start a flame.”

One of the album’s highlights is “Chapters,” which features Young’s idol and mentor, Gavin DeGraw. The track, co-written by Young, Copperman, and DeGraw, is a reflection on the various chapters of one’s life, including Young’s idolization of his father and his baseball career-ending injury. “Every page you’ve turned/ is a lesson learned / and we all, and we all/ just trying to get it right/ These are the chapters of my life, DeGraw adds the last verse of the song, and his background vocals on the final chorus of the song compliment Young’s perfectly, and this is truly a magical musical moment.

Other highlights of the album, include “Change Your Name” (Ross Copperman, Matt Jenkins, Jon Nite), which should become a huge wedding song. Alternatively, there’s the heart-breaking “The Ship And The Bottle,” (Nicolle Galyon, Chase McGill, Jon Nite) about letting someone go, as to not hold them back. The ship and the bottle metaphor is used exceptionally throughout this track, perfectly conveying the song’s sad sentiment. “You just might have to break me/ to do what you’re meant to do/ You’re the ship, I’m the bottle/ And I can’t do that to you.” Additionally, the subtle use of a phrase from The Police’s “Message in a Bottle” is a unique and clever way to conclude the track.

The album closes with “Don’t Wanna Write This Song,” a melancholy ballad co-written by Young, Zach Crowell and “Mercy” co-writer, Sean McConnell. “Maybe the hardest part/ Is we didn’t break this heart/ Nobody cheated or lied/ I still have to live with goodbye/ But how can I just move on?/ I’ve loved you for way too long/ I don’t want to admit that you’re gone/ I don’t want to write this song.” While this may immediately seem like a breakup song, the lyrics go so much deeper, and the album’s last verse are sure to raise goosebumps as Young deals with the ultimate loss.

With an undeniable talent for turning a phrase and an unmatched voice, Young is poised for hit after hit with this new album. There’s no sign of a sophomore slump here, and on Ticket to L.A, Brett Young offers an utterly delightful and delicious piece of perfectly-crafted pop country.

Ticket to L.A. is now available everywhere you buy or stream music. Take a listen below and check out more new recently released music here on our ‘New Country Music’ playlist. Be sure to give the playlist a follow for your weekly new country music fix.



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Brett Young’s Releases “Here Tonight” & Announces New Album

Brett Young Here Tonight

After weeks of teasing fans via his social media, with clips and sneak peaks of his new song and upcoming album, the reigning ACM New Male Vocalist of the Year, Brett Young, delivers another sure to be charted single, “Here Tonight.” In the same vein as his hits, “Mercy” and “In Case You Didn’t Know,” the song evokes so much emotion that the listener can’t help but to get caught up in the heartfelt lyrics.

Co-written by Young with Ben Caver, Justin Ebach, and Charles Kelley, “Here Tonight” tells a romantic story of a man getting so caught up in falling in love that it feels like the only moment in time, wishing that it could last forever.

With that being said, “Here Tonight” is a slight departure from the singer-songwriter’s usual sound and heartbreaking lyrics. The track features both pop influences, as well as, a more uptempo, California vibe, making the single a seemingly perfect fit for the California native’s upcoming sophomore album entitled Ticket to L.A.

The artist’s sophomore record, Ticket to L.A. is slated to be released on December 7th via Big Machine Label Group. Album pre-orders are available everywhere, with an exclusive album bundle offered here. The record consists of 13 tracks, including the first single (track two), “Here Tonight.” If the newly released track tells us anything, we can expect Young to show growth both sonically and lyrically, while playing with different genres and tempos, but still delivering those heartfelt and meaningful lyrics we so desire.

Check out the lyric video and the full list of album tracks below. The entertainer will be heading out on his first headlining tour, ‘Brett Young’s CMT on Tour: Here Tonight,’ to New York City’s Playstation Theatre on December 9th, with openers Tyler Rich and Rachel Wammack. For a full list of tour dates, visit Young’s website.

Ticket to L.A Track List:

  1. Ticket to L.A.
  2. Here Tonight
  3. Catch
  4. 1, 2, 3 Mississippi
  5. Let It Be Mine
  6. Where You Want Me
  7. Used to Missin’ You
  8. Change Your Name
  9. Chapters (Feat. Gavin DeGraw)
  10. The Ship And The Bottle
  11. Reason To Stay
  12. Runnin’ Away From Home
  13. Don’t Wanna Write This Song



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