Luke Combs Recalls the Moment He ‘Made It’ and Shares His Dreams Of Performing at the Super Bowl
Luke Combs is, without a doubt, one of country music’s biggest superstars. The singer/songwriter has celebrated countless career achievements in…
Luke Combs; Photo by John Russell, CMA
Luke Combs is, without a doubt, one of country music’s biggest superstars. The singer/songwriter has celebrated countless career achievements in the past few years and shows no signs of slowing down in the new year.
In 2020 alone, he earned multiple chart-topping singles, broke streaming records left and right and took home a number of awards, including Male Vocalist of the Year and Album of the Year at the CMA Awards, Album of the Year and Male Artist of the Year at the ACM Awards, and Top Country Artist, Top Country Male Artist and Top Country Album at the Billboard Music Awards.
Even though he’s reached an incredible level of success, when asked about the moment he truly felt like he “made it,” Combs said it had nothing to do with awards or accolades. For the man from North Carolina, simply making a living as a country music artist was enough for him.
“I think the honest answer to that would be when I could pay my bills doing music and not have to do another job. That was making it for me,” he recently explained in an interview with his record label. “That was the goal, was not having to work 40 hours. Not have to do the cubicle office grind thing.”
View this post on Instagram
“I mean I would say ‘I made it’ in 2011 or 12,” he continued. “I mean, I was playing shows three or four nights a week and didn’t have to work and was just writing music and hanging out and to me, that was the dream, you know? I didn’t think that I had to be any particular thing and obviously those goals and desires to achieve things change over time, which they have now. You know, if I can just pay my bills doing music, that’s making it in my opinion.”
Now that he’s officially “made it,” Combs has his sights set on a new set of goals.
“I’m definitely gunning for that Entertainer of the Year spot and winning that at some point. I think would be a huge moment for myself, whether that’s this year or not, we’ll see,” he acknowledged.
The “Better Together” singer went on to share his hopes to headline stadiums as well as one of the biggest stages in music: the Super Bowl.
“I just have loftier goals and play the Super Bowl. I want to do the halftime show at the Super Bowl,” Combs said. “That’s not in the near future but hopefully one day.”
It’s been quite some time since a country artist has been given the opportunity to headline the Super Bowl. Shania Twain headlined in 2003 and Clint Black, Tanya Tucker, Travis Tritt and The Judds headlined the halftime show in 1994.
Other artists, including Luke Bryan, Faith Hill and Carrie Underwood, have appeared at the Super Bowl to sing the National Anthem.
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.