It hasn't always been smooth sailing for Brown, who has incredibly transitioned from being homeless to an American Idol and X Factor cast-off, then a social media sensation, scoring a major label record deal and then debuting at No. 1 with his first, self-titled album. Earlier this year, Brown was nominated for the Academy of Country Music's prestigious New Male Vocalist of the Year award.
Asked what career milestone he's looking to hit next, his response is simple. "Another No. 1," he says with a smirk.
Brown has spent much of the last year on the road opening for Jason Aldean and Chris Young. Next year, he'll reunite with Young -- whose 2013 release A.M. was the first album Brown ever owned -- on his Losing Sleep tour.
"I watch Chris Young every night, he's got 10 No. 1's," Brown says. "So every song, basically everyone knows. Same with Aldean, it's hit after hit after hit. I want my shows to be like that eventually."