Jackson Dean Earns First-Ever No.1 Single With ‘Don’t Come Lookin”: ‘It’s Hard To Wrap My Head Around’
Jackson Dean earned his first No.1 single with his breakout hit, “Don’t Come Lookin’,” and he made history along the…
Jackson Dean; Photo by David McClister
Jackson Dean earned his first No.1 single with his breakout hit, “Don’t Come Lookin’,” and he made history along the way.
The boot-stomping hit tops the Country Aircheck/ Radio & Records’ chart this week, cementing Dean as the youngest male in not just Aircheck, but Radio & Records’ history to top the charts with his debut single. According to a press release, Dean, 22, is the fourth youngest overall following behind Gabby Barrett, Kelsea Ballerini, and Marie Osmond.
“It’s hard to wrap my head around,” Dean, the highest debuting new artist on the charts since 2015, said. “I wrote this with Luke Dick, my co-producer, as a way of explaining who I am and what I value to people. I never thought of the song in any terms except trying to show people – as a new artist – who I am. The idea it’s No. 1 tells me a lot more people value that sense of getting out there and getting lost than I’d’ve ever imagined, which is pretty cool.”
He also shared his gratitude in a video posted to social media calling this moment a “dream come true.”
He went on to thank country radio for playing the song and also the fans who supported him along the way.
“Don’t Come Lookin’” has been featured on Netflix’s The Ice Road soundtrack and in a John Dutton scene in Yellowstone. Additionally, Kelly Clarkson recently covered the track during her “Kellyoke” segment on The Kelly Clarkson Show.
The song is not only a massive hit at radio, but also on streaming services as it averages 5 million streams a week. To date, “Don’t Come Lookin’” has raked in over 80 million on-demand streams.
Dean’s breakthrough single is featured on his debut album, Greenbroke. The 10-track project was released earlier this year.
Country Now sat down with the rising star to chat about the project upon its release.
“I wanted the title to be my story,” he shared of the project. “The title track is my most vulnerable song lyrically, and musically it is what I love. It goes through calm, rage, and everything in between. I wanted to hammer home that feeling that never goes away. I chose Greenbroke because that’s how some horses are, you can never break that wild. If I let the world break me, everything I am would cease to exist.”
The past year has been a memorable one for Jackson Dean. He played over 110 shows, made his Grand Ole Opry debut, and played festivals such as Stagecoach, Austin City Limits, and more.
The Maryland native will soon join HARDY on The Wall To Wall Tour. In early 2023, he will appear alongside Blake Shelton and Carly Pearce on the Back to the Honky Tonk Tour.
Lauren Jo Black
Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for Answers.com and her work being featured on Forbes.com. She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.