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Brett Eldredge can remember a time when he attended No. 1 industry parties for the complimentary food and libations. On Monday (Sept. 23), though, the treats were on Brett as the rising young star celebrated his first No. 1 single, "Don't Ya," at a party at Nashville restaurant Cabana. On hand to join in the celebration were songwriters Ashley Gorley and Chris DeStefano, who wrote the tune with Brett. Brett's dad, Chris, and mom, Robin, were also in attendance to celebrate with their son.
Before the big party, Brett recalled to reporters the days when he was a struggling newcomer on Music Row. Industry parties often provided a way to get some food and drink when money was scarce. "I remember coming to No. 1 parties to support my friends who were songwriters," Brett said, smiling. "They would have the finger sandwiches and the food and the free drinks. That was a meal right there."
Brett also noted that he's been in Nashville for seven years, and is now seeing his perseverance pay some dividends. "Really, in the last year, it has all taken off," noted Brett, who's nominated for a Country Music Association award for New Artist of the Year. "It's great to be experiencing all this."
Co-writers Ashley and Chris were equally pumped for Brett, as they told Country Weekly. "That's the best feeling for a songwriter, I think–helping break an artist," Ashley said.
"Brett is such a great guy and a great talent," added Chris. "I don't know anybody who doesn't love Brett."
During the party ceremony, Brett and his co-writing buddies received plaques and honors from BMI, the Country Music Association and Country Radio Broadcasters, among others.
Congratulations to Brett and the writers for their success!