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.
His character sang a Nickleback song, "Far Away." On November 23, 2008, he made an appearance as a bachelor on the VH1 show Rock of Love: Charm School.
Young made his Broadway debut as Kenickie in the revival of Grease on September 9, 2008.
He gained national recognition while appearing on the fifth season of American Idol.
Young is married to American Idol season-three runner-up Diana De Garmo.
The week Young was eliminated the theme was "Songs from the Great American Songbook," with Rod Stewart as mentor.
Young sang "That's All." He changed his look for this performance, slicking his hair back and dressing up in a suit and tie.
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.
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.
He received mixed reviews from the judges and was joined by Chris Daughtry and Paris Bennett in the bottom 3.