Watch Luke Bryan’s Emotional Plea For Kids With Heart Disease After Tragically Losing His Niece Brett

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Fans are obsessing over Luke Bryan’s new single ‘Down To One‘, the American Idol judge Luke Bryan is bringing attention to a topic close to his heart. On Instagram this week, he shared a video from the Brett Boyer Foundation, in honor of his late niece

The foundation raises awareness of Congenital Heart Disease. Luke’s niece Sadie Brett Boyer, known as Brett, had the disease. She tragically passed away in 2017. Brett was the daughter of Bo and Ellen Boyer. Bo is the brother of Luke’s wife Caroline.

Luke Bryan Raises Awareness Of Congenital Heart Disease

For Giving Tuesday, Luke Bryan posted a video to his Instagram account from the Brett Boyer Foundation. The organization supports CHD research and also raises awareness of Down Syndrome, which Brett also had.


Luke narrates the video, which includes black and white images of children battling CHD. Luke calls them “warriors,” and points out that most people haven’t even heard of this disease. He shared that CHD is “more common than all forms of childhood cancer combined,” but funding for research is “ten times less.”

“She was vivid as neon, bright as the sun, full of color and joy,” Luke Bryan says of his niece Brett. “The gift we didn’t know we needed so badly. I have good memories, saved in color in my mind.” However, he said he also has painful memories of Brett’s battle with CHD.

Luke Honors His Late Niece Brett Boyer

“If these images are too hard for you to bear,” Luke Bryan says in the video, “you should have seen them in color. If these images break your heart, try living them.”


“I’m proud to be a part of this video that has been a long time in the making,” Luke wrote on Instagram. “Join the battle and help us raise awareness and fund research for Congenital Heart Disease.”

Brett’s mom Ellen shared an Instagram update about Giving Tuesday on the Brett Boyer Foundation’s account, saying they had raised more than $10,000 so far. Morgan Stanley has agreed to match donations up to $50,000. You can donate here.

Luke Bryan’s New Single ‘Down To One’

Luke Bryan also came out with a new album, Born Here Live Here Die Here, and his single ‘Down To One’ has fans obsessed. Check it out down below and be prepared to fall in love. About his new song, Luke had this to add, “It just sounds like a big old hit! A guy and a girl out there in the middle of nowhere enjoying a moment together, a romantic moment!”

Sounds familiar? I mean it is Luke Bryan right? He thinks so too, “It’s a real typical song of mine that you’ve come to expect from me over the years.” Oh yes Luke, we have but that doesn’t mean we don’t love it!


Jill O'Rourke
Jill O'Rourke

Jill O’Rourke is a contributor at Talent Recap, writing news stories and recaps for shows like ‘AGT,’ ‘The Voice,’ and ‘American Idol.’ She graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in English and Film Studies, and has been writing about pop culture since 2012, with previous bylines at Crushable and A Plus. Jill spends her free time binge-watching sitcoms and daydreaming about life as a hobbit

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