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Raised in Columbia, SC, Ricky Young has endured a long and winding road to Nashville. Former University of South Carolina alum and baseball player spent 5 years in the minor leagues. While on the road, he played gigs during each season and offseason. In 2011, Young was spotted by a a Grammy winning producer at a cancer benefit in Raleigh, NC. The two hit it off and started working together and Young moved to Nashville to finish the project and be closer to Music Row. 2012 Carolina Music Award finalist, Young put together a collection of 16 songs that touches every piece of a person’s soul. He cut songs from number one songwriters Lee Brice, Jon Stone, Jeffery Steele, and more. Lee Brice appears in a duo on Young’s record titled “I Carry It With Me”, a gritty, soulful, country rock jam about their lives and families in South Carolina. Young has one of the fastest growing fan bases in country music. Nearing a million views on YouTube, his newly released single was viewed over 100,000 times in the first week. Young’s new record, Spinning My Wheels, quickly sold over 5000 copies and is available on iTunes and all major online stores. Website
Zach DuBois is a country music singer/songwriter originally from Elkhart, IN, now based out of Nashville, TN. The up-and-coming artist may come off simply as a fun-loving and carefree country rocker, but beneath his infectious smile lies an angst-filled story teller with the stark self-awareness of a great folk writer. His debut album, Destination Unknown, is a collection of songs (all written by DuBois) touching on themes of love, heartbreak, college, partying, and life on the road; truly representative of where DuBois currently is, both musically and personally.
Born and raised in the heart of the Midwest by a family of teachers, DuBois finds much of his songwriting inspiration from his small town, middle-class roots. He grew up on the opposite end of a cornfield from his grandparents, and he credits his tight-knit family and the strong faith instilled in him as essential cornerstones to the foundation of his music and his life.
Since graduating from Notre Dame in 2011, DuBois has been cutting his teeth in bars and clubs around the Midwest and Southeast, playing his music for, as he puts it, “anyone who will listen.” He explains, “As an up-and-coming artist, every night is different. One night I could be playing to a crowd of several hundred, and the next night I could be playing to a crowd of several dozen. You learn to enjoy and savor the good nights, and how to survive the not-so-good nights…At the end of the day, though, you realize, ‘Hey, I’m making a living traveling around and playing my music for people. This ain’t such a bad gig.’” Website