Talk about childhood dreams and passion, how many of us really take up what once meant the world to us? The few who have gone on to live their dreams have not only succeeded and excelled in them but couldn’t be any happier for sticking with their seeming fantasies. Like Luke Combs who began singing as a child and is now an acclaimed country music singer cum songwriter, those also have us calling out their names in their respective fields.
Combs is popularly known for his single Hurricane and has also earned a Grammy nod. Here’s all you need to know about him.
Who Is Luke Combs?
The country singer was raised in Asheville, North Carolina though he was born in Charlotte, North Carolina on March 8, 1990, and named Luke Albert Combs. He attended A. C. Reynolds High School. As a child, he discovered his talent for vocals and took joy in singing. While in high school, Combs split his time between football and singing in various local groups as well as in the church choir, long before he became a country superstar. He also had a solo performance in the world-renowned concert venue, Carnegie Hall.
At Appalachian State University, he picked up the guitar and added songwriting to his resume. He also played his first country music show at the Parthenon Cafe. However, towards the end of his studies, his interest in music trumped over school activities and he dropped out to pursue his dreams. With that decision, he soon left for Nashville, Tennessee and since then, his career has only blossomed, with him, hitting a slew of professional milestones.
In 2014, he released two EPs, The Way She Rides in February and Can I Get an Outlaw later in the year. His first single, Hurricane (2015) became a hit. It sold 15,000 copies in its first week and debuted at number 46 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart as well as certified platinum. The single was re-released on Columbia Nashville and set country history, topping the country radio airplay charts on May 15, 2017, a spot it held for two consecutive weeks.
This One’s for You, Combs’ third EP, came in November 2015. Soon after, Luke Combs released his debut album also named This One’s for You in June 2017 on Columbia Nashville and River House Artists. The album became an instant hit. It reached number one on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart and number five on the US Billboard 200 in its first week. Also, its singles, When It Rains It Pours topped the Country Airplay chart in October 2017, two months after its release to country radio and was also platinum certified. He released his third single, One Number Away in January 2018 while She Got the Best of Me and Beautiful Crazy were issued as singles after the album was re-released in mid-2018.
Through the course of his career, Luke Combs has won over hearts of fans and earned the recognition of many award bodies. He has been nominated by CMT, ACM and in December 2018, he was announced as one of the nominees in the Best New Artist category by the Grammy. He won iHeartRadio New Country Artist of the Year as well as the Country Music Association New Artist of the Year Awards in 2018. Combs has also performed across several television platforms including NBC’s Today and ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live!
After hitting the 1 million followers milestone on Instagram, he debuted his new song, Every Little Bit Helps on January 1, 2019. The song could be a taste of what will be featured on the follow-up to his debut album. Combs already has a busy year ahead of him as he would kick off his Beer Never Broke My Heart tour in on January 31, 2019, in Birmingham, Alabama.
His Net Worth
The North Carolina native is earning a good amount of money from his career. His singles; Hurricane, When It Rains It Pours, One Number Awar and She Got The Best of Me all, reached number one on Country Airplay. He has an estimated net worth of $5 million.
Family Life: Who Is Luke Combs’ Wife Or Girlfriend?
Luke Combs grew up in a lower middle class, blue collar home as an only child born to his parents. They have been nothing but supportive of their son and are super proud of what he has been able to make out of his life.
The This One’s for You singer started dating Nicole Hocking in early 2016. Nicole has been a big influence in the life of the country singer and has got him to make major changes such as quitting some bad habits including dipping tobacco.
In November 2018, Luke Combs decided it was time to take the first step in making her a part of his life forever. Thus, with a big shiner, he went on one knee in a spot in Hawaii to ask Hocking to marry him and of course, she said yes. The duo couldn’t be any happier as they took to their social media accounts to share the news with their fans.
No details have been given about their wedding plans, and being that Combs has a busy year ahead of him, that could be put on hold for some time.