Brett Young Owns Being a ‘Hopeless Romantic’ [Watch]
In an interview with Taste of Country, Young admits that these songs were influenced not by specific people, but concepts. "As much as I drew from personal experience to kind of put my mark on both of those songs, those were more concept writes than for somebody," Young says of the tracks. He reveals that his first single, "Sleep Without You," pulls from his parents' 37-year marriage and how his dad says it's still hard for him to sleep in the bed without his wife when she's away.
"In Case You Didn't Know," Young's current single on county radio, is inspired by a line co-writer Trent Tomlinson's mom would say when he'd leave the house: "In case you didn't know, I love you." "And we were inspired because we feel like nobody says I love you as much as they wish they would," Young says.
While he admits that sometimes it can be hard to write a love song, he does have a sensitive side that naturally comes through. "I'm personally a hopeless romantic, I always have been," he says. "For me, I like to go there, I like to go to sweet love songs or tragic heartbreak."
Though his ability to croon with the best of them is apparent in his songs, Young didn't always set out to be a musician. Fans may be surprised to learn that the singer was almost a professional baseball player, but after plans fell through, he turned to music. Though Young says he "wouldn't change anything" about how his future unfolded, he does harbor a "what if" mentality about his baseball dreams. "There's a part of me that every time I watch it wonders if I could have, or sometimes the worst feeling is, knowing that I could have, and knowing that I'll never get a chance to prove that," Young acknowledges.
His self-titled debut album is available now and features the two current hit singles.
Watch Brett Young's Emotional Version of "In Case You Didn't Know"