BRETT YOUNG TO RECEIVE SONGWRITER-ARTIST OF THE YEAR HONOR AT
56TH ANNUAL ASCAP COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS
NASHVILLE, TN. – October 31, 2018 – Fueling the momentum from his platinum debut album and four consecutive #1 singles, Brett Young has now been named the 2018 ASCAP Country Songwriter-Artist of the Year. Young will be celebrated at the 56th Annual ASCAP Country Music Awards, to be held Monday, November 12 in Nashville.
The Songwriter-Artist of the Year Award is earned by the songwriter who has written and recorded at least two songs that, collectively, have amassed the greatest airplay during a predetermined time period. The Big Machine Music writer’s chart-topping singles, “In Case You Didn’t Know” (triple Platinum) and “Like I Loved You”(Platinum) will be among the most-performed songs honored at the awards event.
Young commented of the impressive accolade: “I have been with ASCAP from the very beginning, and they have always made me feel like a part of the family, especially ASCAP’s Michael Martin and Robert Filhart. I also want to give a huge thank you to everyone in the songwriting community and in country music who welcomed me right away. I moved to Nashville to be a songwriter and it was a happy accident that I also became an artist. I’ve gotten better because I am lucky enough to get into rooms with incredible writers, and I do not take that for granted.”
ASCAP Executive Vice President of Membership John Titta said, “We knew from day one that Brett Young was something special. His talent for songwriting, heartfelt artistry and extraordinary work ethic were undeniable from the start. We are proud and happy to honor him with this milestone achievement so early in his career.”
The only country act on Billboard’s Top New Artists list, Young has captured the hearts of fans everywhere through his honest lyrics and West Coast meets Southern sound, aptly dubbed “Caliville” style. He is currently nominated for the CMA Awards New Artist of the Year, following his 2018 ACM New Male Vocalist of the Year win and multiple nominations from Billboard, CMT and Teen Choice Awards. Bolstering his 1 billion-plus song streams, Young’s “In Case You Didn’t Know” music video has surpassed 200 million views. He will launch the “CMT ON TOUR: Here Tonight” headline run next month after recently wrapping up a stint on Thomas Rhett’s “Life Changes” tour. His jet-setting schedule and bicoastal roots intersect with a 13-track collection of songs he penned for Ticket To L.A, Young’s sophomore album due December 7 on BMLG Records.
The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) is a professional membership organization of songwriters, composers and music publishers of every kind of music. ASCAP’s mission is to license and promote the music of its members and foreign affiliates, obtain fair compensation for the public performance of their works and to distribute the royalties that it collects based upon those performances. ASCAP members write the world’s best-loved music and ASCAP has pioneered the efficient licensing of that music to hundreds of thousands of enterprises who use it to add value to their business – from bars, restaurants and retail, to radio, TV and cable, to Internet, mobile services and more. The ASCAP license offers an efficient solution for businesses to legally perform ASCAP music while respecting the right of songwriters and composers to be paid fairly. With more than 680,000 members representing more than 11.5 million copyrighted works, ASCAP is the worldwide leader in performance royalties, service and advocacy for songwriters and composers, and the only American performing rights organization (PRO) owned and governed by its writer and publisher members. Learn more and stay in touch at www.ascap.com, on Twitter and Instagram @ASCAP and on Facebook.
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Media contacts for ASCAP:
Alison Toczylowski Webber ǀ ASCAP
Ronna Rubin ǀ Rubin Media
For Brett Young:
Kristie Sloan | The GreenRoom
Charlotte Burke | BMLG