WHO IS BRINN BLACK? 5 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW

Virginia native Brinn Black moved from the East Coast to Music City in pursuit of her singing dreams, with country stars Kelly ClarksonPatsy Cline and Jennifer Nettles paving the way as her biggest influences. But when her career started taking off, tragedy struck.

“My fiancé passed away of a heart attack at 30 years old,” Black shares with The Boot. “And it wrecked me. It rocked my world, and it still does.”

Black took a year off to let her heart heal, and her newest single, "Daddy's Medicine," shows fans just how hard she pressed into pain. The result is an emotionally charged song addressing her father's life-long struggle with alcoholism.

Though Black naturally gravitates toward uptempo songs (as evidenced by her previous singles, “Crushin'” and “Hey Love), "Daddy's Medicine" expands her repertoire as a writer, and reveals a new side of Black. Her forthcoming record embodies a different sound, inspired by personal experiences of heartache, hope and healing.

Still want to know more? Click through the photo gallery above to learn about Black's life and career. Fans can also check out her official website and follow her on FacebookTwitter and Instagram. "Daddy's Medicine”  is available for purchase on iTunes.

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She's Always Up for a Last-Minute Road Trip

Black loves impromptu road trips. Her favorite one happened in high school, with only five minutes' notice: Her best friend called and said they were going to meet Nick Carter in Philadelphia, and they "made it to the meet and greet with a few minutes to spare." 

Because it was so much colder in Philly, Black bought "the cheapest coat she could find": a knee-length, tan suede coat with a faux fur collar and sleeves, reminiscent of a J. Lo look. "The next morning, I rolled into my high school science class wearing my new coat and signed Nick Carter tour shirt feeling like the happiest girl in the world. Dreams definitely do come true on road trips!"

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She'll KTBSPA (Keep the Backstreet Pride Alive) Forever

Black was a "die-hard" Brian Littrell fan -- her AIM screen name was "BsbGal220" because his birthday is Feb. 20, in fact -- but "AJ [McLean] was secretly always my real crush," she admits. 

"Now that I'm all grown up, I can honestly say he is my favorite," Black adds. "Can he just sing to me all day? I think that's all I'd really need in life."

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She Grew Up in a Single-Parent Home

Black's song "Daddy's Medicine" addresses her father's alcoholism, which placed sole childcare responsibility on her mom. Black's favorite line in the song, "With a half-built heart, I turned out okay," emphasizes the good that came out of the situation. 

"I think a lot of us who grew up in single-parent homes turned out more resilient and wholehearted than if we hadn't," Black notes.

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There's One Specific BBQ Sauce for Her

Black's hometown of Chester, Va., is only nine miles in diameter, but within those nine miles, there lies a legendary BBQ sauce: "Brock's [BBQ] seriously has the best BBQ sauce I've ever had!" Black gushes. "No matter where I go, I can't find anything that even comes close, so my mom has to send it to me in Nashville when I run out of it."

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If She Were a Dinosaur, She'd Be a Sinosauropteryx

If she were a dinosaur, Black would be a Sinosauropteryx, since its "the most colorful one." That or she'd be a "Gypsy-saurus rex ... if there were such a thing."