SIDNEY — Dylan Scott rose from obscurity to the top of Billboard’s Country Airplay chart over just a few years, all thanks to his song “My Girl.”
The song was written about his wife, then girlfriend, about a day when she started rapping to an Eminem song, but the hit morphed into a song about all the things he likes about her during the writing process.
Scott, born in Louisiana to a former guitar player for country legends Freddy Fender and Freddy Hart, released his first song “Making This Boy Go Crazy” in 2013.
He’s calls himself an all around country guy and enjoys hunting, fishing and four-wheeling in his free time, and has two dogs. He landed his first record deal at 19, following in the footsteps of his father, and now at 26 is hitting the top of the charts, “My Girl” is No. 5 on the country charts. It also has earned him a sell-out show at the Troubadour in California and a gold sales certification.
His manager, Howard Fields, said it was unlikely for Scott to rise any further on the charts. “It’ll be tough to go any higher, because he’s battling it out with Blake Shelton and Florida Georgia Line,” he said.
Scott and his wife are currently expecting a child in December. When asked about how he balances home life and travel, Scott seemed to have it under control.
“It’s pretty easy,” he said. “We’ve been together for nine years, and she’s always know this is what I wanted to do. We’ve become a lot more busy though.”
Scott says he thinks of Keith Whitley when he thinks of country, but he also listens to hip-hop, pop and more, and his music reflects that. His manager, Howard Fields, called his sound “progressive country rooted in classic country.”
“My shows don’t necessarily stay the same,” Scott said. “I usually feed off the crowd and try and do what makes them respond.”
Scott currently is touring the United States and Canada, and has performed in several large venues, including performing the national anthem at a Dodger’s game in May.
“I performed in Charlotte, North Carolina in front of 29,000 people,” Scott said. “It was awesome to have so many people there to see me and my work.”
Scott’s music has garnered praise from many well known media outlets, including Taste of Country, who said “The 13-track album is versatile, combining Scott’s love of traditional country with distinct pop and urban influences.”
Scott is set to preform at the Shelby County Fair on July 28 at 8 p.m., and reserved seats in the first 10 rows are available for $5 a seat.
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