Luke Combs

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Luke Combs
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Background information
Birth nameLuke Albert Combs[1]
Born (1990-03-02) March 2, 1990 (age 30)[2]
Charlotte, North Carolina, United States[2]
GenresCountry
Occupation(s)
  • Singer
  • songwriter
Instruments
  • Vocals
  • guitar
Years active2014–present
Labels
Websitewww.lukecombs.com

Luke Albert Combs (/kmz/;[3] born March 2, 1990) is an American country music singer and songwriter. Combs has released two albums for Columbia Nashville, which have combined to produce nine singles, each of which reached number one on Billboard's Country Airplay chart: "Hurricane", "When It Rains It Pours", "One Number Away", "She Got the Best of Me", "Beautiful Crazy", "Beer Never Broke My Heart", "Even Though I'm Leaving", "Does to Me" and "Lovin' on You".

Early life[edit]

Combs, an only child,[4] was born in Charlotte, North Carolina and moved to Asheville, North Carolina at the age of 8.[5] 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.[6] 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.[7]

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.[8][2] In 2016, Combs' first single, "Hurricane", sold 15,000 copies in its first week,[9] and debuted at number 46 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart.[10] 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".[11]

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.[9] "Hurricane" reached number one on the country radio airplay chart on May 15, 2017, holding that spot for two weeks.[12]

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[13] and number five on the US Billboard 200[14] in its first week. The album's second single, "When It Rains It Pours" was released to country radio on June 19, 2017.[15] 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.[16] The song reached number one on three additional country charts – Hot Country Songs, Country Streaming Songs, and Country Digital Song Sales.[16]

On June 11, 2019, Combs was invited to become the newest member of the Grand Ole Opry.[17]

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.[18]

His second album What You See Is What You Get was released on November 8, 2019.[19] 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.

In May 2020, Combs released the single "Six Feet Apart".[20] The single quickly became popular to listeners as it illustrated the challenges of life during the COVID-19 pandemic.[21] 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, set for release on October 23, 2020.

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.[22][23] They married in Florida on August 1, 2020.[24]

Discography[edit]

Luke Combs discography
Studio albums2
Music videos15
EPs4
Singles9
Other charted songs18
No. 1 singles (Billboard)9

Studio albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions Sales Certifications
US Country
[25][26]
US
[27]
AUS
[28]
CAN
[29]
NZ
[30]
UK
[31]
This One's for You[A] 1 4 7 10
What You See Is What You Get
  • Release date: November 8, 2019[37]
  • Label: Columbia Nashville
1 1 1 1 32 27
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Extended plays[edit]

Title Details Peak chart positions Sales
US Country
[25]
US
[27]
US Indie
[39]
CAN
[29]
The Way She Rides
  • Release date: February 4, 2014
  • Label: Luke Combs
Can I Get an Outlaw
  • Release date: July 1, 2014
  • Label: Luke Combs
This One's for You
  • Release date: November 27, 2015
  • Label: River House Artists, Columbia Nashville
24 150 29
The Prequel
  • Release date: June 7, 2019
  • Label: Columbia Nashville
1 4 4
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak positions Sales Certifications Album
US Country Songs
[42]
US Country Airplay
[43]
US
[44]
AUS
[45]
CAN Country
[46]
CAN
[47]
NZ
Hot

[48]
2016 "Hurricane" 3 1 31 2 62
  • ARIA: 2x Platinum[50]
  • RIAA: 4× Platinum[33]
  • MC: 2× Platinum[35]
This One's for You
(and re-issue)
2017 "When It Rains It Pours" 1 1 33 1 54
2018 "One Number Away" 3 1 34 1 87
"She Got the Best of Me" 2 1 31 1 52
"Beautiful Crazy" 1 1 21 1 35
  • ARIA: Platinum[52]
  • RIAA: 4× Platinum[56]
  • MC: 3x Platinum[35]
2019 "Beer Never Broke My Heart" 2 1 21 43 1 31 What You See Is What You Get
"Even Though I'm Leaving" 2 1 11 1 30
2020 "Does to Me"
(featuring Eric Church)
4 1 20 1 38 38
"Lovin' on You" 4 1 23 1 48
"Better Together" 14 72 93
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

As a featured artist[edit]

Year Single Peak chart positions Certifications Album
US Country Songs
[42]
US Country Airplay
[43]
CAN Country
[46]
2019 "Brand New Man"
(Brooks & Dunn featuring Luke Combs)
30 42 40 Reboot

Promotional radio singles[edit]

Year Single Peak positions Album
US Country Songs
[42]
US Country Airplay
[43]
US
[44]
AUS
[60]
CAN Country
[46]
CAN
[47]
2020 "Six Feet Apart" 10 36 58 77 19 36 What You See Is What You Get

Other charted songs[edit]

Year Single Peak chart positions Certification / Sales Album
US Country Songs
[42][26]
US Country Airplay
[43]
US
[44]
CAN Country[46] CAN
[47]
2018 "Must've Never Met You" 14 81 This One's for You
"Houston, We Got a Problem" 22 58 [B]
"A Long Way" 33
2019 "Refrigerator Door" 20 [C] What You See Is What You Get
"Moon Over Mexico" 21 [D]
"1, 2 Many"
(with Brooks & Dunn)
20 97 73
"Blue Collar Boys" 42
"New Every Day" 45
"Reasons" 39
"Every Little Bit Helps" 47
"Dear Today" 43
"What You See Is What You Get" 30 [E]
"Angels Workin' Overtime" 49
"All Over Again" 38
"Nothing Like You" 41

Music videos[edit]

Year Title Director
2014 "Let the Moonshine" Katharine Roman
2016 "Hurricane"[65] Tyler Adams
2017 "When It Rains It Pours" Tyler Adams
2018 "One Number Away" Tyler Adams
"Beautiful Crazy" Tyler Adams
"She Got the Best of Me" Tyler Adams
2019 "Brand New Man" (with Brooks & Dunn) Marty Callner
"Beer Never Broke My Heart" Tyler Adams
"Ramblin' Man"
"Refrigerator Door"
"Lovin' on You" Tyler Adams
"Moon Over Mexico”
"Even Though I'm Leaving" Zack Massey
"1, 2 Many" (with Brooks & Dunn) Dean Lent
2020 "Does to Me" (with Eric Church) Jon Small

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Awards Category Recipient/Work Result Ref
2017 CMT Music Awards Breakthrough Video of the Year "Hurricane" Nominated [66]
Country Music Association Awards New Artist of the Year Luke Combs Nominated [67]
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 [68]
New Country Artist of the Year Luke Combs Won
Billboard Music Awards Top Country Artist Luke Combs Nominated [69]
Top Country Album This One's for You Nominated
CMT Music Awards Video of the Year "When It Rains It Pours" Nominated [70]
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 [71]
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 [72]
Video of the Year "She Got the Best of Me" Nominated
iHeartRadio Music Awards Country Artist of the Year Luke Combs Won [73]
Billboard Music Awards Top Country Artist Luke Combs Won [74]
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 Pending
Male Vocalist of the Year Pending
Album of the Year What You See Is What You Get Pending
Single of the Year "Beer Never Broke My Heart" Pending
Song of the Year "Even Though I'm Leaving" Pending
"I Hope You're Happy Now" Pending

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ This One's for You was reissued in June 2018 as This One's for You Too with bonus material; chart positions and sales figures are cumulative for both releases.
  2. ^ "Houston, We Got a Problem" did not enter the Billboard Hot 100, but peaked at number five on the Bubbling Under Hot 100 chart.[62]
  3. ^ "Refrigerator Door" did not enter the Billboard Hot 100, but peaked at number four on the Bubbling Under Hot 100 chart.[62]
  4. ^ "Moon Over Mexico" did not enter the Billboard Hot 100, but peaked at number five on the Bubbling Under Hot 100 chart.[62]
  5. ^ "What You See Is What You Get" did not enter the Billboard Hot 100, but peaked at number 18 on the Bubbling Under Hot 100 chart.[62]

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