Brett Asa "Ace" Young was born on November 15, 1980 in Boulder, Colorado, but was brought up by his parents, former minor-leaguer Jay Young and cosmetologist Kay Whitney, in Denver. Although his mother is a devout Mormon, Ace decided to live his life as a non-denominational Christian. He is the youngest of five children, all whom are boys. Ace started singing when he was nine years old and started his singing career by performing at a variety of venues, one of which was the Pepsi Center in Denver. He was also an active choir member and athlete in Fairview High School, from which he graduated in 1999. He was then made an opening act for famous R&B artist Brian McKnight and the group New Edition. He moved to Los Angeles, California in 2003, where he worked in sales and a home remodeling business and where he was given a guest role in the series, Half & Half.
For his audition for season 5 of American Idol, Ace sang British boy band Westlife's "Swear It Again," but only managed to greatly impress American Idol judges Randy and Paula. During Hollywood week, he and another aspiring American Idol Chris Daughtry gave their rendition of "The First Cut is the Deepest." Both of them made it to the semifinals, where Ace showed of his falsetto by singing "Father Figure," "Butterflies," and "If You're Not the One," with the former two getting positive remarks from the judges. Ace made it to the Finals, where his performances were a bit inconsistent, having done poorly in weeks 1, 3, and 5, while garnering praises for his renditions of "In The Still of The Night," and "Drops of Jupiter," "That's All." The latter one is the last song he sang as a finalist, as he was voted into the bottom three (this was his fourth time to be on the tail end of the votes) and out of the show on the sixth week.
Since appearing on American Idol, Ace has gone on to perform in many public events, such as the grand opening of The Camden House of Beverly Hills, The White House Correspondents' Dinner, a Colorado Crush game, and back at the Pepsi Center. He is also set to sign a record deal with RCA Records and was one of the "Hottest Bachelors" in People Magazine. He came out with his first single, entitled Scattered, in 2006 and also wrote for his friend and fellow American Idol finalist Chris Daughtry. Ace's song "Don't Go," which he sang at Total Request Live, is one of the tracks in his debut album.