From 2013 to 2015, Curb Records recording artist Dylan Scott released four singles to country radio: “Makin’ This Boy Go Crazy,” “Mmm, Mmm, Mmm,” “Lay It On Me” and “Crazy Over Me.” Only one—“Crazy Over Me” (No. 36)—cracked the Top 40 on Billboard’s Country Airplay chart. Nevertheless, the Louisiana native managed to keep a glass-half-full mindset with a little support from his then-girlfriend, now-wife, Blair.
“We started dating at 15, so she’s known since then exactly what I wanted to do,” says Dylan to Nash Country Daily. “She’s never once given me a hard time. There were times when we were dating and I’d tell her, ‘I just don’t know if this is what I’m really supposed to be doing. It’s just so tough. All these other guys are coming on the scene and going straight to the top.’ And she’d just tell me, ‘You have the best job, you’re there, you’re doing it, it will work.’ She was just a great motivator. She still is.”
That motivation led Dylan and songwriter Josh Kerr to pen a Blair-inspired song, “My Girl,” which Dylan released in July 2016 as the third single from his self-titled debut album. After 44 weeks on the Billboard Country Airplay chart, “My Girl” is No. 3 this week and Dylan is finally enjoying some of the success that he dreamed of when moving to Music City seven years ago.
“‘My Girl’ was 10 years in the making,” says Dylan. “My wife and I, we’ve been together over 10 years now—been married for one—and ‘My Girl’ is basically about our life over the past 10 years. Almost everything in that song is true. We lived it.”
One thing that “My Girl” didn’t make mention of is the recent news that Dylan and Blair are expecting their first child in December. While Dylan plans to “take the whole month of December off,” he’s motoring ahead with a busy summer tour schedule. In addition, he recently announced that he will release a deluxe version of his self-titled debut album on August 4, featuring three addition tunes to the original 13-song offering, including “Sleeping Beauty,” a song he co-penned with Lee Brice.
“I toured with Lee for three or four months,” say Dylan. “Watching him onstage is incredible. He’s just such a hard worker. He’s a fine example of someone [I look up to] . . . and watching how real he is onstage is so cool.”
main photo by Joseph Llanes