tempered the bro country-pop of the mid-2010s by relying on an inherently friendly charm reminiscent of and adding a dash of the R&B-inspired rhythms that were fashionable in the wake of . All this was evident on his self-titled 2016 debut, which turned into a hit in 2017 thanks to "My Girl," a single that reached number one on Billboard's Country Airplay chart.
Born in Bastrop, Louisiana on October 22, 1990,was the son of , who played guitar for , among other county singers. learned how to play music as a child, and once he entered his late teens he decided to pursue it professionally. At the age of 17 he recorded a four-song demo with songwriter/producer , and that tape brought him to the attention of Curb Records. signed with the label prior to this 19th birthday and the label released his debut single, "Makin' This Boy Go Crazy," in 2013. After making its way to 54 on Billboard's Country Airplay chart, it anchored a self-titled 2014 EP. "Lay It on Me" appeared by the end of the year, but 's next hit was "Crazy Over Me," which made the Billboard Country Top 40 in 2015.
's eponymous full-length debut arrived on August 12, 2016, and after its release, "My Girl" began its slow climb to the top of the Billboard Country Airplay chart in the summer of 2017. Once it reached that peak, "Hooked" was readied as 's next single in August 2017.