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The adorable preacher’s kid in this family photo from the ’80s has grown up to be an ACM Awards-nominated country hotshot.

#fbf to the 80s. Haha BAM! 👊

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Newcomer Brett Young just scored a No. 1 hit with his debut single, “Sleep Without You,” which helped him land an ACM Awards nod in the New Male Vocalist category. It turns out growing up as the son of a pastor at a large church helped prepare him for life as a country star meeting a lot of new people all the time.

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In an interview with Rare Country, Brett says, “As his church grew, it got to the point where it was a couple thousand people every Sunday. One of the strange things at the time, which I think has helped me at this point, was after every Sunday service I would stand there with him. He would greet everybody that wanted to come say hello. I’d end up talking to a bunch of people that knew me that I didn’t know because everyone knows the pastor’s kid. It’s kind of spilled over into my meet and greets, and I’m kind of thankful for that experience.”

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When most people think of a preacher’s kid, they think of that stereotypical young boy acting up and defying his parents. That’s not how it worked out for Brett at all. In fact, he loved it when his dad would come share a sermon at his high school.

He tells us, “He came and talked and he got the opportunity to tell him and my mom’s story as a part of his message. It’s a really special story. They were together in high school. Apart for 10 years and back together 10 years later, and they’ve been married 37 years now. It was cool to watch my parents’ story affect so many kids. So, that was really special.”

Brett goes on to say he’s grateful for his hands-on parents who didn’t beat him over the head with a Bible.

“We’re Christians, but Dad didn’t bring church home with him,” Brett explains. “That’s was something he did on Sundays. We brought Jesus home, but it wasn’t like he was at work all the time.”

As he grew up, Brett’s parents supported his dream of playing baseball until an injury sidelined his aspirations to play professionally. They’re still behind him 100 percent, as he makes a name for himself in country music.

Says Brett, “I’ve had an amazing support system in them because they want me to be happy. The ability to kind of have the freedom to do what I love is specifically accredited to them.”

Brett Young’s self-titled debut album is on sale now, featuring “Sleep Without You,” as well as his new single, “In Case You Didn’t Know.”

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