Chris Young (musician)

Christopher Alan Young (born June 12, 1985) is an American country music singer and songwriter. In 2006, he was declared the winner of the television program Nashville Star, a singing competition which aired on the USA Network.

After winning, he was signed to RCA Records Nashville, releasing his self-titled debut album that same year. It produced two singles on Hot Country Songs with "Drinkin' Me Lonely" and "You're Gonna Love Me". His second album, The Man I Want to Be, was released September 1, 2009. It included the singles "Voices", "Gettin' You Home (The Black Dress Song)", and the title track, all of which went to number 1. Young's third album, Neon, produced two more number ones in "Tomorrow" and "You" in 2011 as well as the top 20 hit "I Can Take It from There" in 2012. The follow-up, 2013's A.M., produced three new singles with the top 5 hits "Aw Naw", "Who I Am with You", and "Lonely Eyes". His fifth album, I'm Comin' Over, was released on November 13, 2015. In 2017, Young gained one of the crowning achievements in country music: becoming a member of the Grand Ole Opry.

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Young being interviewed in April 2010.
Background information
Birth nameChristopher Alan Young[1]
BornJune 12, 1985 (age 33)[2]
OriginMurfreesboro, Tennessee, United States
GenresCountry
Occupation(s)
  • Singer
  • songwriter
Instruments
  • Vocals
  • guitar
Years active2002–present
Labels
Associated acts
Websitechrisyoungcountry.com

Early years

Chris Young was born in Murfreesboro, Tennessee on June 12, 1985. While growing up, he attended Trinity United Methodist church. His grandfather, Richard Yates, was a performer on the Louisiana Hayride.[3] Young showed interest in music from an early age, performing in various children's theater productions; while attending Oakland High School (Tennessee), he sang in his high school choir and began playing in local clubs. In 2000, he performed with his high school's Winter Drumline in a performance entitled "A Night at the Palladium", where he was a mariachi singer. The group performed in the Winter Guard International Tournament in Ohio that year.[3] While attending college, he continued to tour, performing more than 150 shows a year.[3]

Career

2005–07: Nashville Star and self-titled debut album

In 2006, Chris Young was the house singer for Cowboys Dance Hall in Arlington, Texas. Park Scott and Keith Swan told him that he should audition for Nashville Star in Houston, Texas. He entered the show and won in 2006. His win earned him a contract with RCA Records Nashville and late that year, he released his debut single "Drinkin' Me Lonely". That song peaked at number 42 on the US Billboard Hot Country Songs chart and served as the first single from his self-titled debut album, which was produced by Buddy Cannon.[3] The album's second single, "You're Gonna Love Me", peaked at number 48.

2008–10: Voices EP and The Man I Want to Be

In May 2008, Young released his third single, "Voices". At the CMA Music Festival in June, he promoted the single by e-mailing it to visitors at his Music Fest booth.[4] In August, "Voices" became his first Top 40 entry on the Billboard charts, peaking at 37.

His second album, The Man I Want to Be, was released in September 2009.[5] It was produced by James Stroud and includes cover versions of Waylon Jennings' "Rose in Paradise" (as a duet with Willie Nelson) and Tony Joe White's "Rainy Night in Georgia".[5]

In October 2009, Young's fourth chart single, "Gettin' You Home (The Black Dress Song)", became his first number 1 single. The album's title track[6] was released in November 2009.[7] Both it and a re-release of "Voices" went to number 1.

He was nominated for the 2010 Academy of Country Music Top New Solo Vocalist, alongside Luke Bryan and Jamey Johnson.

He presented at the 44th Annual Country Music Awards on November 10, 2010.[8]

He was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Male Country Vocal Performance for "Gettin' You Home".

2011–15: Neon and A.M.

Mandalay Bay Beach Concert
Mandalay Bay Beach Concert in 2015

Young released the single "Tomorrow" in February 2011. It became his fourth straight number 1. The album Neon was released in July 2011. The album includes his fifth consecutive number 1, "You", the title track, and "I Can Take It from There". In August 2012, "Tomorrow" became his first platinum selling single.

In 2013, Young served as an Ambassador for the CMA Songwriter's Series showcased in Belfast, Dublin, London, and Paris in an attempt to showcase country music overseas.[9]

The first single from Young's fourth studio album, "Aw Naw", was released to country radio on May 13, 2013. It peaked at number 3 on the Country Airplay chart in November 2013. The album, A.M., was released on September 17, 2013.[10] The album's second single, "Who I Am with You", was released on January 20, 2014. It peaked at number 2 on the Country Airplay chart in August 2014. The album's third single, "Lonely Eyes", was released to country radio on August 25, 2014. It reached number 2 on the Country Airplay chart in April 2015.

2015–2016: I'm Comin' Over and It Must Be Christmas

On May 12, 2015, Young released a new single titled "I'm Comin' Over". It was the lead single from his fifth studio album of the same name, which was released on November 13, 2015.[11] The same month, "I'm Comin' Over" became his sixth Number One single on the Country charts, and his first since "You" in February 2012. Young played the 14-show I'm Comin' Over Tour in late 2016 in support of the album.[12] The album's second single, "Think of You" with Cassadee Pope, was released on January 4, 2016. It reached number one on the Country charts in May 2016. The third single, "Sober Saturday Night"—a duet with Vince Gill—was released on June 6, 2016. It hit number one on the Country Airplay in March 2017. Young released a country Christmas album, It Must Be Christmas, in October 2016.

2017-2018: Losing Sleep and Grand Ole Opry induction

His sixth album's first single, "Losing Sleep" was released to country radio on May 12, 2017. Young announced the album was also titled Losing Sleep on August 23, 2017.[13] It reached number one on the Country Airplay on February 10, 2018. The album's second single was "Hangin' On".

On August 29, 2017, Young was invited by country legend Vince Gill to become a member of the Grand Ole Opry. He was officially inducted by Brad Paisley.

2019-present: Upcoming seventh studio album

Young released "Raised on Country," the leadoff single to his upcoming seventh studio album, in January 2019.[14]

Personal life

On August 13, 2013, Young was en route to a tour date in Montana when he went into septic shock from a small cut on his leg which became infected. He was taken by ambulance to a hospital in Denver.[15] The medical team immediately started Young on medication, and he had surgery on August 14 to treat the infection. Young returned home under his physician's care. As expected, his mobility was impacted by the surgery and his doctor requested he wait a full week post-surgery to resume touring. Young resumed on August 22.

In June 2014, Young canceled a performance at the CMA Music Festival after accidentally cutting his left hand with a kitchen knife. The cut required surgery to reconnect tendons in the hand.[16]

Philanthropy

Young has supported Little Kids Rock by donating various items to the organization for auction, raising money to put instruments in the hands of children.[17] He has been a major supporter for Stars For Stripes raising $35,000 for the organization.[18] He supports St. Jude Children's Hospital,[19] and has raised money for it by sponsoring a tree at the Gaylord Opryland Resort's Annual Hall of Trees.[20] On September 8, 2014, Young donated $25,000 of his own money, along with $5,000 from his fan club, to the Nashville School of Arts.[21] In late August 2017 he created a fundraising site for Houston to help with the massive flooding caused by Hurricane Harvey.[3]

On October 4, 2018, Young donated $5000 to a GoFundMe page to help pay for cataract surgery for a dog named Granola. He donated the money after a fan reached out to him on Twitter asking him for help marketing the GoFundMe project.[22]

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Recipient/Work Result
2007 ACM Awards Top New Male Vocalist Chris Young Nominated
2010 Top New Solo Vocalist
CMT Music Awards Nationwide Is On Your Side Award Won
CMA Awards New Artist of the Year Chris Young Nominated
Grammy Awards Best Male Country Vocal Performance "Gettin' You Home"
American Country Awards Music Video of the Year "The Man I Want to Be"
Male Music Video
2011 CMA Awards New Artist Of The Year Himself
American Country Awards Breakthrough Artist of the Year Won
Single of the Year "Voices"
Single by a Male Artist Nominated
2012 ACM Awards Single of the Year "Tomorrow"
Male Vocalist of the Year Himself
2014 British Country Music Association International Act of the Year Won
2016 ACM Awards Single Record of the Year "I'm Comin' Over" Nominated
Album Of The Year I'm Comin' Over
Billboard Music Awards Top Country Song "I'm Comin' Over"
CMA Awards Musical Event of the Year "Think Of You" (w/Cassadee Pope)
2017 Grammy Awards Best Country Duo/Group Performance
ACM Awards Vocal Event of the Year Nominated
Billboard Music Awards Top Country Collaboration "Sober Saturday Night" (w/Vince Gill) Nominated
CMT Music Awards Collaborative Video of the Year Nominated

Discography

Studio albums

References

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  2. ^ "Today in history". ABC News. Associated Press. June 12, 2014.
  3. ^ a b c d Leggett, Steve. Biography for Chris Young at AllMusic Retrieved 2008-06-11.
  4. ^ "Chris Young reaches fans with "Voices"". Country Standard Time. 2008-06-13. Retrieved 2008-06-28.
  5. ^ a b "Nashville Star's Chris Young Releasing New Album on Sept. 1". CMT. 2009-06-30. Retrieved 2009-08-08.
  6. ^ http://theboot.com/chris-young-the-man-i-want-to-be-lyrics/
  7. ^ Hughes, Donna (11 May 2010). "Chris Young Is the No. 1 'Man' Again". The Boot.
  8. ^ "Country Music Awards". TVGuide.com. 2010-11-04.
  9. ^ [1] Archived June 20, 2013, at Archive.today
  10. ^ Dukes, Billy (June 4, 2013). "Chris Young Creatively Reveals Name, Release Date of 2013 New Album". Taste of Country. Retrieved June 5, 2013.
  11. ^ "Chris Young Announces Release Date for New Album 'I'm Comin' Over'". Taste of Country. September 1, 2015. Retrieved September 5, 2015.
  12. ^ "Chris Young Reveals Another Surprise: The I'm Comin' Over Tour". Taste of Country. August 11, 2015. Retrieved September 5, 2015.
  13. ^ "Chris Young Announces New Album 'Losing Sleep'". Radio.com. Retrieved August 24, 2017.
  14. ^ "Hear Chris Young Name-Check Merle, Willie in New Song 'Raised on Country'". Rolling Stone. January 4, 2019. Retrieved February 13, 2019.
  15. ^ "Scary Details of Chris Young's Leg Infection Revealed". Tasteofcountry.com. Retrieved 2016-01-02.
  16. ^ "Chris Young's condition improves". Tennessean.com. 2014-06-09. Retrieved 2016-01-02.
  17. ^ "Chris Young". Little Kids Rock. Archived from the original on 2016-01-15. Retrieved 2016-01-02.
  18. ^ "Country Décor, American Travel, Southern Food Recipes, Rustic Weddings | GAC". Blog.gactv.com. 2015-05-15. Retrieved 2016-01-02.
  19. ^ "February 21st & 22nd | 96.3 KHEY Country". Khey.com. Archived from the original on 2014-02-02. Retrieved 2016-01-02.
  20. ^ "Chris Young Supports St. Jude Children's Research Hospital by Sponsoring a "NEON Holiday Tree" as Part of Gaylord Opryland® Resort's Fifth Annual Hall of Trees". Country Music Pride. Retrieved 2016-01-02.
  21. ^ [2] Archived October 6, 2014, at the Wayback Machine
  22. ^ "ChrisYoungMusic on Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved 2018-10-31.

External links

Aw Naw

"Aw Naw" is a song co-written recorded by American country music artist Chris Young. It was released in May 2013 as the first single from his fourth studio album, A.M.. The song was written by Young, Chris DeStefano and Ashley Gorley.The song received positive reviews from critics who praised Young's take on bro-country with strong production and tolerable lyrics. "Aw Naw" peaked at numbers 3 and 4 on both the U.S. Billboard Country Airplay and Hot Country Songs charts respectively. It also charted at number 45 on the Billboard Hot 100. It was certified Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). It achieved similar chart success in Canada, peaking at number 5 on the Canada Country chart and number 50 on the Canadian Hot 100. The song was certified Platinum by the Canadian Recording Industry Association (CRIA).

An accompanying music video for the song, directed by Chris Hicky, features Young hanging out at a bar behind the beverage door of a convenience store.

Drinkin' Me Lonely

"Drinkin' Me Lonely" is the debut single by American country music artist and winner of the season 4 Nashville Star competition Chris Young. Young wrote the song with Larry Wayne Clark.

Gettin' You Home (The Black Dress Song)

"Gettin' You Home (The Black Dress Song)" is a song co-written and recorded by American country music singer Chris Young. It was released in February 2009 as the second single from his 2009 album The Man I Want to Be (2009). Young wrote the song with Kent Blazy and Cory Batten. The song garnered positive reviews from critics who praised the suggestive lyrics for sounding sexy and for being a great non-sellout single.

"Gettin' You Home" became the first of Young's five consecutive number one hits on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. It also became his first Top 40 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 at number 33, and it peaked at number 74 on the Canadian Hot 100. The song was certified Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America, and has sold 932,000 copies in the United States as of November 2015. It was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Male Country Vocal Performance.

The accompanying music video was directed by Stephen Shepherd.

Hangin' On (Chris Young song)

"Hangin' On" is a song recorded by American country music artist Chris Young. It was released in March 2018 as the second single from his 2017 album Losing Sleep. Young and Corey Crowder both wrote and produced the song, with Josh Hoge as an additional writer.

I'm Comin' Over

I'm Comin' Over is the fifth studio album by American country music artist Chris Young. It was released on November 13, 2015 via RCA Nashville. The lead single, the title track, was released to radio on May 11, 2015. The track listing was revealed on October 14. Young co-wrote nine of the album's eleven tracks. The album's three singles all reached No. 1 on the Country Airplay chart.

I'm Comin' Over (song)

"I'm Comin' Over" is a song co-written and recorded by American country music artist Chris Young. It was released in May 11, 2015 as the lead single to his fifth studio album of the same name, which was released on November 13, 2015.

I Can Take It from There

"I Can Take It from There" is a song co-written and recorded by American country music artist Chris Young. It was released in October 2012 as the fourth and final single from his 2011 album Neon. The song was written by Young, Rhett Akins and Ben Hayslip.

It Must Be Christmas

It Must Be Christmas is the sixth studio album and first Christmas album by American country music artist Chris Young. It was released on October 14, 2016, by Columbia. Young co-wrote two of the album's ten tracks.

Josh Hoge

Josh Hoge is an American Sony ATV songwriter from Franklin, Tennessee. Named SESAC Songwriter of the year in 2016, Hoge has penned hit singles for Chris Young (musician) such as "Think of You (Chris Young and Cassadee Pope song), and "I'm Comin' Over (song)" along with charting singles for Kane Brown like "Used to Love You Sober" and "Thunder in the Rain."

Lonely Eyes (Chris Young song)

"Lonely Eyes" is a song written by Johnny Bulford, Jason Matthews, and Laura Veltz and recorded by American country music artist Chris Young. It was released in August 2014 as the third single from his fourth studio album, A.M.

Losing Sleep (Chris Young album)

Losing Sleep is the seventh studio album by American country music artist Chris Young. It was released on October 20, 2017 via RCA Records Nashville.

Losing Sleep (Chris Young song)

"Losing Sleep" is a song recorded by American country music artist Chris Young. It was released in May 29, 2017 as the first single from Young's sixth studio album of the same name, released on October 20, 2017. Young co-wrote the track with Chris DeStefano and Josh Hoge, and assisted Corey Crowder in production.

Rose in Paradise

"Rose in Paradise" is a song written by Stewart Harris and Jim McBride, and recorded by American country music artist Waylon Jennings. It was released in January 1987 as the first single from the album Hangin' Tough. "Rose in Paradise" was Waylon Jennings' twelfth number one country single. The single went to number one for one week and spent a total of nineteen weeks on the country chart.

Sober Saturday Night

"Sober Saturday Night" is a song recorded by American country music singers Chris Young and Vince Gill. It was released in June 2016 as the third and final single from Young's fifth studio album, I'm Comin' Over (2015). Young co-wrote the track with The Warren Brothers and assisted Corey Crowder with production.

The Man I Want to Be

The Man I Want to Be is the second studio album of American country music artist Chris Young. It was released on September 1, 2009 via RCA Nashville. The album includes the singles "Voices", "Gettin' You Home (The Black Dress Song)", and "The Man I Want to Be", all of which reached Number One single on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart.

Think of You (Chris Young and Cassadee Pope song)

"Think of You" is a song recorded by American country music singers Chris Young and Cassadee Pope. It was written and produced by Young and Corey Crowder, with additional writing from Josh Hoge. "Think of You" was released in January 25, 2016 as the second single from Young's fifth studio album, I'm Comin' Over (2015). The country pop song explores the reminiscence of a recent breakup.

"Think of You" peaked at number one on both the Country Airplay and Canada Country charts, earning Young his second consecutive and his seventh chart topper on each tally and earning Pope her first number one on either chart. The song additionally peaked at number two on the Hot Country Songs chart, behind "Somewhere on a Beach" by Dierks Bentley. "Think of You" reached number 40 on the Billboard Hot 100. The song was certified Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) and has sold 513,000 copies in the United States. "Think of You" was nominated for Best Country Duo/Group Performance at the 59th Annual Grammy Awards.

Tomorrow (Chris Young song)

"Tomorrow" is a song co-written and recorded by American country music singer Chris Young. It was released in February 2011 as the seventh single of his career and the first from his 2011 album Neon. The song sold 30,000 digital downloads in its first week of release. Young wrote this song with Anthony L. Smith and Frank J. Myers.

Voices (Chris Young song)

"Voices" is a song co-written and recorded by American country music singer Chris Young. After charting in mid-2008 on the Hot Country Songs charts, "Voices" was re-released in July 2010 following Young's first two Number one singles, "Gettin' You Home (The Black Dress Song)" and "The Man I Want to Be." The song is included on his album The Man I Want to Be, as well as a digital extended play of the same title. "Voices" became Young's third-consecutive Number One hit for the chart week ending February 19, 2011. The song spent 20 weeks on the Hot Country Songs chart during its first run plus 31 more weeks in its second run during its rise to #1. The song was written by Young, Chris Tompkins and Craig Wiseman.

You (Chris Young song)

"You" is a song co-written and recorded by American country music artist Chris Young. It was released in September 2011 as the second single from his 2011 album Neon. Young wrote the song with Luke Laird. The song is about a lover being told that her charm is the only thing that affects him the most.

The song received mixed reviews from critics who were critical of its lackluster hook and content similar to Blake Shelton's "Honey Bee" and Jason Aldean's "Big Green Tractor". "You" was Young's fifth consecutive number-one hit on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. It also became his third Top 40 hit on the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at number 34. The song was certified Platinum after selling over a million digital copies in the United States.

The accompanying music video for the song, directed by Chris Hicky, was shot in black-and-white and shows Young as a gas station attendant attracting the attention of three different women in various colored clothing.

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