Luke Combs grew up singing and even took his talents to Carnegie Hall as a young boy. Even with that auspicious start, it would take a few more years before he pursued music professionally.
Combs left Appalachian State University near the end of his senior year – before graduating – to move to Nashville. His first projects came quickly: Combs released his debut EP The Way She Rides in early 2014, following it with Can I Get an Outlaw later that year, and a third EP, This One’s for You, in 2015.
That steady output started garnering Combs attention from labels, including Sony Nashville, where he eventually signed. Combs’ debut album, This One’s for You, arrived in 2017 and earned the top spot on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart.
The next year, Combs won the CMA Award for New Artist of the Year, and the accolades soon began flooding in after that. His sophomore album What You See Is What You Get won the CMA Award and ACM Award for Best Album in 2018, and Combs also took home the ACM Award for Male Artist of the Year.
In 2019, Combs was invited to become a member of the Grand Ole Opry, and in 2020, he was named Billboard’s Top Country Artist of the Year.
The celebrity created from Charley Pride’s talent was surely a start; a showcase of what Black artists can bring to the table. But without the inclusion of Black talent in all facets of the industry, that inclusion is hollow and performative.
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