updated 02/25/2014 AT 6:00 PM ET
•originally published 02/26/2014 AT 4:15 PM ET
Country singer Cole Swindell has landed on top of the Billboard Country Songs chart this week with his hit “Chillin’ It” – an impressive feat considering his self-titled debut album only came out last week but the single has been out since last year.
If you’re a country music fan, there’s no doubt you’ve heard his catchy hit on the radio, but here’s what you might not know about the Georgia boy.
1. Swindell and Luke Bryan go way back.
Before he was performing on Letterman and opening for Luke Bryan at a sold-out Madison Square Garden concert, Swindell was Bryan’s merchandise guy. Did you buy a Luke Bryan t-shirt from 2007-2010? Then it’s likely you knew him way back when.
2. He can draw
Swindell’s artistic talents extend well beyond his writing chops and singing voice. He drew his buddy Luke Bryan’s portrait back in 2007.
In high school, Swindell played football, basketball, baseball, golf and ran track and field. It might have had something to do with the fact that there were less than 25 people in his high school class – but we’ll bet that stamina is paying off on stage!
4. Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line, Thomas Rhett, Craig Campbell, Chris Young and Scotty McCreery have recorded his songs.
If you’ve listened to country radio in the past few years, there’s no doubt you’ve heard one of Swindell’s songs. “This Is How We Roll,” by Florida Georgia Line, “Get Me Some of That,” by Thomas Rhett, “Beer in the Headlights,” by Luke Bryan, and Craig Campbell’s “Outta My Head” are just of few of the hits the Swindell has penned.
5. He’s got that classic southern charm
PEOPLE got to hang out with Swindell after his N.Y.C. show and were welcomed with open arms, and a big hug. Then he snapped this awesome selfie for us