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Chris Young - Biography and Profile

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Chris Young - 'Chris Young' (2006)

Image courtesy of RCA Records

Chris Young Overview:

Chris Young is best known for his muscular baritone and for winning the televised Nashville Star singing competition in 2006. His musical style mixes new traditionalism with polished Music City production.

Basic Facts about Chris Young:

Full name: Christopher Alan Young
Birthday: June 12, 1985
Birthplace: Murfreesboro, Tennessee

Chris Young Quote:

(on becoming a musician) "Music is why I'm here and it's something I can't live without. It's what I'm built to do."

Influences

Randy Travis, George Strait, Clint Black, Keith Whitley

Early Years:

Born and raised in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, Chris Young was interested in music from a young age. He sang in the choir in his teens, but didn't get serious about music as a career until later.

"When I got into high school and all the other choir students wanted to be professional singers, I was thinking about being an attorney (by that time I’d already been on TV twice singing)," Young said in an interview with Jan Duke for About Nashville.

"When I turned 16, I realized that I was really, really happy when I was on stage, and that I loved singing – I couldn’t imagine doing anything else. When I thought about my future, and I thought about how I was going to be singing/performing, and whether or not I would like my 'day' job. Then I realized, that I could do this for a living."

The ambitious young singer played at local clubs through high school and toured steadily while attending college.

Discovered on Nashville Star:

Chris Young was selected for the fourth season of singing competition Nashville Star and won the program in 2006. As a result, he was awarded a recording contract with RCA Records, and the same year released his self-titled debut album; Young co-wrote four of the songs. Despite receiving so-so reviews, Chris Young made an impressive debut on the charts, opening at number three. The singer was just 21 years old.

No Sophomore Jinx:

Chris Young's second studio album, The Man I Want to Be, was released in 2009. The singer scored his first number one country song with the track "Gettin' You Home." He repeated that feat with the album's second single "The Man I Want to Be." On other songs Young showed his affection for old-school country -- particularly his duet with Willie Nelson on "Rose in Paradise," which was originally recorded by Waylon Jennings. The album also featured a stellar cover of Tony Joe White's "Rainy Night in Georgia."

The Man I Want to Be marked another first for Young -- his first album to be certified gold.

"Tomorrow" and Neon:

In 2011, Chris Young released his third album, Neon. The love song "Tomorrow" was the lead-off single and became the biggest hit of his career. By year's end it would rank fourth among the most popular country singles of 2011.

Key Chris Young Songs

  • "Drinkin' Me Lonely"
  • "Gettin' You Home (The Black Dress Song)"
  • "Tomorrow"
  • "Voices"
  • "You"

Selected Chris Young Discography

  • Chris Young (2006, RCA Nashville Records)
  • The Man I Want to Be (2009, RCA Nashville Records)
  • Recommended: Neon (2011, RCA Nashville Records)
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