Brett Young is a romantic at heart, so when it came to writing his debut single, it wasn’t hard to channel all those feelings of not being able to sleep without the one you love. Brett tells us the inspiration for “Sleep Without You” came from his own personal experience as well as his parents’ long marriage. “You know my last relationship was six years and when I’m with somebody I’m like a very, very dependent person in a relationship. So I was thinking about, we never lived together, but when you’re with somebody that long and you’re used to that goodnight call or text message, it’s hard to go to bed without it. And I thought, then if you’re in a relationship if you’re married and you live with that person. I know my dad, it’s always strange for him still. They’ve been together for 36 years. If she goes away for like a women’s retreat for the weekend, it’s strange for him to not have her there. And I thought, I think that’s the sweet twist. So I brought it to Kelly Archer and Justin Ebach, and they loved it. Justin’s a great track guy, so by that night we had a demo and I think we all knew it was pretty special.”
“Sleep Without You” is a Top 10 hit and climbing on the country charts. The song is available on Brett’s self-titled debut EP which is available now.
Most songwriters start with a story. Brett does things a little differently. “The creative process for me is maybe a little bit more specific than it is for other people. I was just talking about this the other day. Writing songs has to start with an idea, most of the time is a song title. I work my way backwards from that. I like to start with the hook and work my way backwards and kinda build a story around what I think is central.”