Luke Combs

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Luke Combs
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Combs being interviewed in 2019.
Born
Luke Albert Combs[1]

(1990-03-02) March 2, 1990 (age 31)[2]
Occupation
  • Singer
  • songwriter
Years active2014–present
Spouse(s)
Nicole Hocking
(m. 2020)
AwardsFull list
Musical career
GenresCountry
Instruments
  • Vocals
  • guitar
Labels
Websitewww.lukecombs.com

Luke Albert Combs (/kmz/;[3] born March 2, 1990) is an American country music singer and songwriter. Born and raised in North Carolina, Combs began performing as a child, most notably performing at Carnegie Hall. After dropping out of college to pursue a career in music, he moved to Nashville, Tennessee, where he released his debut extended play, The Way She Rides, in 2014.

In 2017, Combs released his debut album, This One's for You, which reached number four on the Billboard 200. Combs released his second album, What You See Is What You Get, on November 8, 2019. The album topped the charts in multiple territories, becoming his first to do so. A deluxe version of the album was released on October 23, 2020, including the song "Forever After All".

Combs' music has earned him two Grammy Award nominations, five CMA awards, and two iHeart Radio music awards, among other awards and nominations.

Early life[edit]

Combs, an only child,[4] was born in Huntersville, North Carolina, the son of Rhonda and Chester Combs,[5] and moved to Asheville, North Carolina, at the age of 8.[6] He has been performing as a vocalist since childhood. While attending A. C. Reynolds High School, Combs played football and performed with multiple vocal groups, including performing a solo in the world-renowned Carnegie Hall. Later, he attended Appalachian State University where he worked as a bouncer at a bar before gaining stage time in that same bar.[7] He played his first country music show at the Parthenon Cafe. With less than a month left in his senior year, he dropped out to pursue his country music career. He later moved to Nashville, Tennessee, to pursue a career in music.[8]

Music[edit]

Combs released his first EP, The Way She Rides, in February 2014. Later that year, he released his second EP, Can I Get an Outlaw.[9][2] In 2016, Combs' first single, "Hurricane", sold 15,000 copies in its first week,[10] and debuted at number 46 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart.[11] In November 2015, Combs released his third EP, This One's for You. In late 2016, Combs was named one of Sounds Like Nashville's "Artists to Watch".[12]

Combs signed a deal with Sony Music Nashville, and the debut single from This One's for You, "Hurricane", was re-released on Columbia Nashville.[10] "Hurricane" reached number one on the country radio airplay chart on May 15, 2017, holding that spot for two weeks.[13]

In June 2017, Combs released his major label debut album, also titled This One's for You on Columbia Nashville and River House Artists.[2] The album reached number one on Billboard's Top Country Albums[14] and number five on the US Billboard 200[15] in its first week. The album's second single, "When It Rains It Pours" was released to country radio on June 19, 2017.[16] It reached number one on the Country Airplay chart in October 2017. The album's third single, "One Number Away" was released to country radio on January 8, 2018. In June 2018, Combs released a deluxe version titled This One's for You Too, with five bonus tracks, two of which ("She Got the Best of Me" and "Beautiful Crazy") were issued as singles with both reaching number-one. "Beautiful Crazy" reached number one on Country Airplay in February 2019, giving Combs five number-ones on the Billboard country chart with his first five singles.[17] The song reached number one on three additional country charts – Hot Country Songs, Country Streaming Songs, and Country Digital Song Sales.[17]

On June 11, 2019, Combs was invited to become the newest member of the Grand Ole Opry.[18]

In August 2019, This One's for You spent its 44th week at number one on Top Country Albums, setting the record for the longest reign at the top of that chart by a male artist.[19]

His second album What You See Is What You Get was released on November 8, 2019.[20] The album has charted the singles "Beer Never Broke My Heart", "Even Though I'm Leaving", "Does to Me", a duet with Eric Church, and "Lovin' on You", all of which have reached number one on the US Country chart.

In May 2020, Combs released the single "Six Feet Apart".[21] The single quickly became popular to listeners as it illustrated the challenges of life during the COVID-19 pandemic.[22] In June 2020, Combs confirmed his next single would be "Lovin' on You", which was released on both his second album and the EP The Prequel, which predated the album.

Combs announced a deluxe version of What You See Is What You Get, titled What You See Ain't Always What You Get, with five new songs; it was released on October 23, 2020.[23] The track "Forever After All" set streaming records in country music on Apple Music and Spotify.[24]

Tours[edit]

Headlining

  • Don't Tempt Me with a Good Time Tour (2017–18)
  • Beer Never Broke My Heart Tour (2019)
  • What You See Is What You Get Tour (2020)

Supporting

Personal life[edit]

In early 2016, Combs started dating Nicole Hocking, and the two became engaged in November 2018.[25][26] They married in Florida on August 1, 2020.[27]

Combs began struggling with anxiety and primarily obsessional obsessive compulsive disorder in adolescence through his college years; while it is something he has learned to control better, he still struggles with obsessive thoughts from time to time.[28]

Discography[edit]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Awards Category Recipient/Work Result Ref
2017 CMT Music Awards Breakthrough Video of the Year "Hurricane" Nominated [29]
Country Music Association Awards New Artist of the Year Luke Combs Nominated [30]
2018 Academy of Country Music Awards New Male Vocalist of the Year Luke Combs Nominated
iHeartRadio Music Awards Country Song of the Year "Hurricane" Nominated [31]
New Country Artist of the Year Luke Combs Won
Billboard Music Awards Top Country Artist Luke Combs Nominated [32]
Top Country Album This One's for You Nominated
CMT Music Awards Video of the Year "When It Rains It Pours" Nominated [33]
Country Music Association Awards New Artist of the Year Luke Combs Won
Male Vocalist of the Year Nominated
American Music Awards Favorite Album - Country This One's for You Nominated [34]
2019 Grammy Awards Best New Artist Luke Combs Nominated
Academy of Country Music Awards New Male Artist of the Year Luke Combs Won
Male Artist of the Year Nominated
CMT Music Awards CMT Performance of the Year Luke Combs and Leon Bridges Won [35]
Video of the Year "She Got the Best of Me" Nominated
iHeartRadio Music Awards Country Artist of the Year Luke Combs Won [36]
Billboard Music Awards Top Country Artist Luke Combs Won [37]
Top Country Male Artist Luke Combs Won
Top Country Album This One’s For You Won
Top Country Song "She Got the Best of Me" Nominated
Country Music Association Awards
Male Vocalist of the Year Luke Combs Won
Song of the Year "Beautiful Crazy" Won
Musical Event of the Year "Brand New Man" (w/ Brooks & Dunn) Nominated
2020 Grammy Awards Best Country Duo/Group Performance Nominated
Academy of Country Music Awards Entertainer of the Year Luke Combs Nominated
Male Artist of the Year Won
Album of the Year What You See Is What You Get Won
Country Music Association Awards Entertainer of the Year Luke Combs Nominated
Male Vocalist of the Year Won
Album of the Year What You See Is What You Get Won
Single of the Year "Beer Never Broke My Heart" Nominated
Song of the Year "Even Though I'm Leaving" Nominated
"I Hope You're Happy Now" Nominated
Peoples Choice Awards The Country Artist of 2020 Luke Combs Nominated

References[edit]

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  11. ^ "Billboard Hot Country Songs" (PDF). Billboard Country. June 25, 2015.
  12. ^ "14 New Country Artists to Watch in 2017". Sounds Like Nashville. December 15, 2016.
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  19. ^ Luke Combs' 'This One's for You' Spends 44th Week at No. 1, Sets New Record
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