Dustin Lynch is one of country’s most recognized smiles today, but it almost didn’t happen. Lynch’s story is anything but traditional. In fact, it’s almost legendary. Along the lines of Michael Jordan. That whole failing thing but still following your dreams. Poetic to some.
See, Dustin actually got a C in high school music class. And he went to college on a golf scholarship. And next? He was accepted into medical school. It wasn’t until AFTER all that that he signed a record deal.
Now a C isn’t exactly failing. In fact, Dustin explained to CMT how that C actually was a game changer.
I loved singing, but when I got that C in music, it was a good thing. I’m glad that happened because it gave me an out to stay at home and play guitar. But once I started to play guitar, I had to learn how to play and sing at the same time. The first song I mastered was Randy Travis’ “Forever and Ever Amen” but it took forever.
And because of that whole golf scholarship deal college was actually pretty busy for Dustin and he had to actually try and FIND time to practice music.
We had a midnight curfew because it was a Church of Christ school, so we had to be in bed at 12. We couldn’t drink, either. So we’d sign out like we were going to visit family, and we’d go crash at a Vanderbilt (University) dorm, so we could go to a frat party and then come back the next day.
However, his focus must’ve still been on school, but the Wild country singer actually earned a 28 on his MCATs (Medical College Admission Test) and was accepted into the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis. Impressive right?! More impressive….Lynch wanted to be a surgeon.
Okay, so how do we connect the dots from that lifestyle to a career in country music? By just following his heart.
It killed my parents. They still bought me scrubs for my birthday, even after I decided not to go to med school. But things were happening. I had started playing college bars and frat parties, and I had a good following all around the Southeast. And I was making $2,000 on a Friday night. That’s a lot of money for a college kid.
And who knew buying lottery tickets would secure the path to Nashville…?
We were talking about what we’d do if we won. Like buy a helicopter and this and that. And I said, “If I win, I’m still gonna go and play at that UT Knoxville frat party.” That was the turning point for me — that if I have more money than I know what to do with and I still want to go play a frat party, I should keep playing my music.
Funny how things work out, isn’t it?!