Like many before him, South Carolina native Ricky Young traveled a long and winding road to Nashville. As a former University of South Carolina alum and baseball player, he spent five years after college in the minor leagues, playing gigs anywhere he could find a stage and the time.
As fate would have it, in 2011 he met Grammy winning producer, Nick Autry at a benefit show in North Carolina. The pair hit it off instantaneously and Young began traveling to Nashville from Carolina to record Spinning My Wheels with Autry—a 16 track, soulful country record that plays like an ode to Carolina, written with some of Music Row’s biggest names: Lee Brice, Jon Stone and Jeffery Steele, to name a few.
If there is a “correct way” to come to Nashville, Young is textbook. He has established himself as a student of the craft of songwriting, securing coveted co-writes with Zac Brown Band, Lee Brice, Dave Gibson, Steven Williams and Stephen Allen Davis. He earned the respect of Nashville because of his pointed, damn-near-perfect lyrics.
Young’s first single “Could You Love Me Again” hit radio in February of 2013, and his army of fans have been buzzing about it for months. His YouTube channel has over a million views, the video for “Could You Love Me Again” went viral, garnering 100,000 views in its first week. Young’s next single “I Carry It With Me” is a duo with fellow Carolina crooner and long time friend Lee Brice, and is set to release in early next year.
Young pounded the pavement last year as he embarked on a 55 city Honky Tonkin’ University Tour that began at the beginning of February and transformed into the Bud Light ROWDYLOUD Tour, hitting 36 cities in the Summer and Fall. He has opened up for artist like Blake Shelton, Reba McEntire, Lee Brice, Jerrod Niemann, Eli Young Band, Craig Campbell, Colt Ford and many more. His tenacious touring has established Young as one of Nashville’s hottest up-and-comers and his fan base is building everyday, now with over 50,000 likes on his Facebook music page.
This year, Young is releasing his follow-up EP, "Feels Damn Good," and is touring the southeast/midwest. The first single release on the EP is "Baby Wussup," a feel-good summer song featuring Bubba Sparxx that was released April 1, 2014. "Baby Wussup" and the other tracks on Feels Damn Good were written by Young and he feels his true affliction and creative style in music is breaking through in this album.
Check out "Baby Wussup" and the rest of his new EP on iTunes, and stay up today by following him on Facbook http://www.facebook.com/RYmusic and twitter @RickyYoungMusic.
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