Ace Young (born November 15, 1980) is an American singer, songwriter, entrepreneur, and actor. He gained national recognition while appearing on the fifth season of American Idol. Young is married to American Idol season-three runner-up Diana DeGarmo.
Young was raised in Boulder, Colorado and is the youngest of five sons.He began writing songs, singing, and taking voice lessons at age 9. In his youth he performed at shopping malls and recreation centers.He performed at various venues in Colorado and other western states, including performing the National Anthem at The Pepsi Center in Denver. Young graduated from Fairview High School in Boulder, Colorado in 1999. While in high school he participated in athletics, choir, and International Baccalaureate classes. He earned the rank of Eagle Scout during his senior year.
After over four years in Los Angeles without a record deal, Young auditioned for American Idol in Denver, Colorado. His televised audition featured him singing Westlife’s “Swear it Again.” Young was introduced as Brett Young, with the name “Ace” marked in quotations. Later, he told producers he preferred to be called Ace and he was not referred to as Brett on the show again.
Young made it through Hollywood week and sang George Michael’s song, “Father Figure” for his live Top 24 performance. He also performed Michael Jackson’s song, “Butterflies.”