Eli Young Band

Eli Young Band have worked their way up to becoming one of country music's most respected bands over the course of a long, slow climb. The band formed initially as a duo comprising Mike Eli and James Young, who met at the University of North Texas. They became a band with the addition of Chris Thompson and Jon Jones, and released their self-titled debut album in 2002. The group released 'Level' in 2005 and began building a large touring base, but they didn't really get their biggest national break until 2011, when 'Life at Best' took off on the strength of "Crazy Girl," their first No. 1 hit. They followed up with another No. 1 single, "Even if It Breaks Your Heart," which was nominated for ACM and Grammy awards. They followed up that breakthrough with "Drunk Last Night," another No. 1 from their 2013 album, '10,000 Towns,' which also spawned the hit single, "Dust." Most recently, EYB released a new EP titled 'Turn It On,' featuring the title track as its first single.

  • Formed: 2000 in Denton, Texas
  • Top Songs: “Even if It Breaks Your Heart,” “Crazy Girl,” “Drunk Last Night”
  • Did You Know? “Even if It Breaks Your Heart” was originally recorded by Will Hoge, who co-wrote the song.
  • Further Reading: Eli Young Band Celebrate the ‘Dad Bod’
Eli Young Band's 'Fingerprints' Gets Personal
Mike Eli, lead singer of Eli Young Band, realized something when the band was crafting their forthcoming album Fingerprints: he had lost the passion in his songwriting. “It’s been three years since we’ve put out a record,” Eli tells Taste of Country...

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