News From Terre Haute, Indiana

March 23, 2014

Voting begins for Valley country star

Brett Eldredge to play at ACM Awards April 6

Dianne Frances D. Powell
The Tribune-Star

TERRE HAUTE — Brett Eldredge, a country music rising star — and proud Wabash Valley native — is one of the nominees for New Artist of the Year at this year’s Academy of Country Music Awards.

Starting today, Wabash Valley fans can cast their votes at www.VoteACM.com to help determine the winner of the category. The final round of fan voting for the New Artist of the Year begins at 3 p.m. today and will conclude at 8 p.m. on April 6.

Eldredge, a former resident of Paris, Ill., is known for his No. 1 single, “Don’t Ya,” which climbed to the top of the charts and was ranked as one of Billboard Country Airplay chart’s top five most-played songs for 2013. His debut album “Bring You Back” with Atlantic Records was released in August 2013. He has also opened concerts for artists including  Taylor Swift.

He was born in 1986 at a hospital in Danville, Ill., and came home to Paris, about 40 miles away, only days after birth. He attended Paris High School and later moved to Nashville, Tenn., for college and to pursue his music career. In December 2013, Eldredge and his family were in Paris for the proclamation of “Brett Eldredge Day.”

Since the Feb. 11 announcement of Eldredge’s nomination, fans have taken to social media to extend their greetings.

Callie Buckner of Paris High School wrote on Facebook, “Congrats Brett!!!”

Another supporter is excited.

“Excited for you Brett!!!” Nita Comstock of Paris, Ill., also commented on Facebook, which can be read from the ACM website.

“Will be working my fingers to the bone voting for you. Good luck,” Comstock stated.

Fans from as far away as North Carolina and Alberta, Canada, also posted words of support and encouragement.

Eldredge has been nominated for New Artist of the Year alongside country music singers and songwriters Justin Moore and Kip Moore. The winner will be determined by fan votes and ACM professional member votes.

It will be announced during the live broadcast of the 49th Academy of Country Music Awards at 8 p.m. April 6 on CBS. Eldredge is also expected to perform on the show, which will air from Las Vegas and will be co-hosted by Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan.

Tribune-Star Reporter Dianne Frances D. Powell can be reached at 812-231-4299 or dianne.powell@tribstar.com.