Luke Combs Career Was Criminal Justice Until He Picked Up A Guitar
Before the country music bug bit him and he began to learn to play the guitar at 21 years old, Luke Combs wanted to be something quite different from a country singer. He wanted to be a homicide detective.
Luke tells us that in high school, he immersed himself in singing and music, and that changed when he went to college. He said, “I went to college, and I didn’t really pursue that at all. I went to school to get a business degree, and then I switched to criminal justice because I wanted to be a homicide detective; that’s really where my heart was.”
In high school, it was his chorus teacher and her husband who told Combs that he had a gift for singing. He said, “I didn’t realize that my voice was any different or that everybody couldn’t sing until like ninth grade. It was really my chorus teacher who was like my school mom. I was in her class every day for the entirety of high school. And then, my senior year, I was her teaching assistant. So, I spent half my school day in her classroom. We were in a choir together at church; her husband was a band director in his class, so I was constantly around music.” Luke added, “They were two of the most instrumental parts of me building my confidence as a singer, and they really let me know that what I had was different than what a lot of people had.”
One summer at home during his college years, his music destiny started to come together. Combs explained, “I was sitting at home one summer after my junior year; I was 21 years old, working the same job I worked in high school. All my friends were still in the college towns living, and so I didn’t have anybody around. So I was just moping around. My mom told me that Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw didn’t learn how to play guitar until they were 21.”
He continued, “I had a guitar my parents bought me in seventh grade that I never really played at all, never really messed with besides one or two guitar lessons that I hated because my parents wanted me to do it. And I picked it up. Taught myself that summer, sat on the porch all summer teaching myself how to play and just loved it.” Luke admits he wasn’t a very good guitar player, saying, “I played guitar horribly, but I knew if I sang good enough nobody would care how bad my guitar playing was and it really worked out for me.”