Young was born in Atlanta, Georgia. He is the youngest of seven children. Unnamed at birth, an unknown person wrote "Young Mr Hines" on the patient info sheet and it stuck.
He was raised in Griffin, Georgia, a small town 37 miles south of the Atlanta airport. Young eventually moved to Chicago and while there began recording demos in a home studio and selling them at shows and online.
Out of the blue he got an email from Brendan Benson containing a cover of Young's song "Only in a dream". A mutual friend had been painting at Benson's residence and decided to listen to Young's demos on the job.
Benson took the CD. Young traveled to Nashville not long after, to meet him formally and they ended up writing a song. He left his gig in Chicago and moved to Nashville immersing himself in the city's live music scene.
Less than a year ago, Young took all of his demos to Brendan and they chose the songs for the album Give Me My Change.