Fast Facts

  • Raised on a farm in Delaware.
  • Played baseball in high school and college; hoped to become a professional ballplayer. 
  • Quit college just two classes short of earning a degree and relocated to Nashville to pursue a music career.
  • Wrote songs during the day and worked as a parking valet at a steakhouse at night.
  • Co-wrote 10 of the 11 songs on his debut album, Starting Now.
  • Hit song "Stealing Cinderella" was inspired by his then-girlfriend, who once worked as Cinderella at Walt Disney World.
  • Met and began dating Julianne Hough when they both were opening acts for Brad Paisley's 2008 Bonfires and Amplifiers tour.


  • 2008, CMT Music Awards — Breakthrough Video of the Year: Nominee


  • Julianne Hough — Ex-significant Other


  • Attended Florida Southern College, Lakeland, FL


  • Birth Place: Smyrna, DE
  • Birthday: June 20, 1979, Gemini
  • Profession: Country-music artist
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