Brett Eldredge

Brett Eldredge: Over

Brett Eldredge, a native of Paris, Ill., grew up listening to singers such as Frank Sinatra, Ray Charles and Bobby Darin and, at age 16, developed a love of country music after hearing Brooks & Dunn. His interest in country expanded greatly during his sophomore year at Chicago's Elmhurst College after visiting Nashville for the first time. Part of that transformation took place when he went to the Station Inn, the legendary bluegrass club, to hear his cousin, Terry Eldredge, perform. A veteran of Dolly Parton's band and now a member of the Grascals, Terry Eldredge was playing that night with the Sidemen, a band featuring some of the best acoustic musicians in Nashville. Mesmerized by what he heard, Brett Eldredge transferred to Middle Tennessee State University and studied the vocal stylings of country music's greatest singers, including Ray Price, George Jones and Vince Gill. As a student, he was also working on original songs and performing at writers' nights in the Nashville area. Another songwriter heard one of Eldredge's performances and introduced him to producer-publisher Byron Gallimore, best known for his work with Tim McGraw and Faith Hill. Gallimore signed him to his publishing company and allowed him to spend two years honing his skills and working with other writers, including Country Music Hall of Fame member Bill Anderson. Eldredge's songwriting credits include "I Think I've Had Enough," a track on Gary Allan's Get Off on the Pain album. He began recording his songs and eventually signed a deal with Atlantic Records following a showcase in Nashville. The newcomer's first single, "Raymond," was released in September 2010. The song is about an Alzheimer's patient mistaking a nursing home employee for her deceased son.