DOME // Nashville 100

“I sat down [with Brett] and said, what are some of the monumental moments in your life that have brought you to this point?” entrepreneur Chase Lauer says.

Brett Young, a California native, grew up with a baseball in his hand. In high school, he was a draft choice for the MLB, but opted for college to continue to play and up his draft spot. While there, he injured his elbow, requiring Tommy John surgery and ending his baseball career. He turned to music, eventually moving to LA, where he’d bartend at night and work on music during the day. At a hotel gig one night, he met Rutherford “Ruddy” Polhill, who had recently sold a company and who became interested in investing in Brett’s career. Although he worried it would be starting all over, he eventually made the move to Nashville. It paid off: a year and two months later, he signed his record deal with Big Machine Label Group. In May of last year, his second single, “In Case You Didn’t Know,” became the first country song of 2017 to go platinum. Many couples have chosen it for the first dance at their weddings...