During a government class his senior year, Young played a mock defense attorney as part of a class project. After the mock trial, a local judge asked Young if he had ever considered becoming a lawyer.
He enrolled in Vincennes University where he active in the fraternity Sigmi Pi and was the recipient of the Pace Maker Paddle award, one of the highest honors awarded to students at the university. Young is a fraternity brother with country music artist Tracey Lawrence and former politician and business owner John Gregg.
“Jackson and I belong to the same college fraternity and we have kept in touch as he had climbed the ladder of entertainment success. I’m proud to see a fellow local area resident from southern Indiana make his mark in the music industry in Nashville and beyond,” said Gregg.
After VU, he went on to Indiana State University but when 9/11 happened he felt it was his duty to help defend his country and Young joined the military.
His time in the military gave him a lot time to reflect on his life. “I got stationed at Fort Campbell and my buddies took me down to Nashville to do karaoke to try to cheer me up. That was the first time I’d ever done karaoke and after that I was pegged the singer of the group and that really got me to consider the whole music thing. It was like therapy to me and I became addicted to that feeling and I started writing.”
Young’s singing caught so much attention that he was asked to sing the change of command for the base general. It wasn’t long before his family caught on to his talents either and registered him to compete in a local contest against a guy with a recording contract. “I thought, there’s no way I’m gonna win this but I did.”