Country up-and-comer Brett Eldredge has always been attracted to singers, a fact that should come as no surprise to anyone who?s heard the Illinois native?s soulful, distinctive baritone. ?I always gravitated towards big voices, because as a kid I had this big voice coming out of me,? says Eldredge. ?I was hooked on the story that somebody would be telling through their voice.? With his debut album slated to be released in 2013 on Atlantic Records and new single ?Don?t Ya? at radio now, Eldredge is finally getting the chance to share a story of his own.
Although distant cousin Terry Eldredge is a member of seminal bluegrass outfit the Grascals, closer to home, Brett?s musical talent was the exception. The little kid with the big voice grew up listening to records from Ray Charles, Ronnie Dunn, and, of course, the greatest of them all: Frank Sinatra. His parents bought a guitar and a small sound system for Eldredge when he was a teen, and while he didn?t immediately take to the instrument ? ?I never could sit still long enough to learn it,? he admits ? the sound system and its wireless microphone became a cornerstone of his early musical training. By age 15, Eldredge was a performer in demand for local functions. ?I really grew to love the feel of the crowd,? he says.