The Country Music Awards New Artist of the Year is related to a Marshall County resident. Plymouth Mayor Mark Senter has known winner and cousin by marriage Brett Eldredge since he was a young boy. Senter’s wife Leanne is related to Eldredge through her father and his grandmother being siblings. Senter said the family knew at an early age Eldredge was going to be doing something in the music field.
“His voice was just unbelievable at the young age of 6, 7, 8 years old. It’s been really fun to watch him come up. For a while there we weren’t sure what kind of music he was going to sing but he chose country and went to Nashville I think between 8 or 10 years ago,” said Senter.
Eldredge is from Paris Illinois which is just north of Marshall Illinois where Senter’s wife grew up. Senter says everyone in the family is very excited to see Eldredge make a name in Country music. He added seeing him grow up wanting to sing and now singing professionally is quite the thrill for the whole family.