Chris Young celebrates the release of his new album “Famous Friends”
Chris Young’s new album, “Famous Friends”, released today, already has a familiar sound. People have been listening to the title song all summer.
Her upbeat, upbeat duo with Kane Brown won CMT’s Collaborative Video of the Year award in June, then quickly rose to the top of the country charts in July. It became the 12e Young’s # 1 career hit.
He says that even if he had planned it, which he didn’t, it couldn’t have worked better.
“I’m very, very proud of this song with Kane. Obviously, if it’s a week # 1 of several weeks and then the release of the album of the same name, everything works. Good timing. “
The song “Famous Friends” is about some of Young’s true friends who knew him when he was growing up in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, long before he became a country music hit.
“It’s kind of like hey, that’s where I’m from, the people who helped shape me. And while these are people who may not be famous to you, they are to me in my hometown.
Some of those real friends are actually featured in the song clip.
He decided to name the album “Famous Friends”, because of the many people who helped write, record and produce it.
“Yeah, just all the people who have come together to help me make it what it is. There’s more collaboration on this album than anything I’ve ever done.
It may also be the most personal album to date.
“I’m really proud of the collection of songs that I was able to put together for this album,” he explains. “Because I feel like it touches just about every aspect of my life.”
Young co-wrote all but one of the songs. There are love songs, breakup songs, bar songs, and a few songs that tell their own unique stories.
“You watch ‘Raised on Country’,” he says, “which is kind of that anthem that nods to what we all grew up listening to country music.
The lyrics refer to some of the legendary artists who influenced him like Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson, George Strait and the late Joe Diffie.
“These are the people I listened to growing up,” Young says. “And you know, Joe Diffie contacted me when he first heard the song and thanked me for the shout. It meant a lot to me because I remember wearing out every Joe Diffie CD I could find. He was definitely a very important person to me growing up. “
Another track which has deep personal meaning is “Drowning”. Young co-wrote it (with Corey Crowder and Josh Hoge) about the loss of a good friend who died in a car crash.
“The problem with grieving is that sometimes it doesn’t all of a sudden and then goes away. It comes in waves, and it comes and goes, and it’s something that you have to go through all the time. “
Young was touched by the number of people who told him how much they liked and “needed” this song.
In addition to the duet with Kane Brown, Young sings “Town Ain’t Big Enough” with Laura Alaina and “At the End of a Bar” with Mitchell Tenpenny on the new album. Thousands of Young fans flocked to Nashville on the night of July 5e to shoot the song clip with Tenpenny.
“We’ve heard all kinds of numbers on the turnout,” Young says. “I think it was over 15,000 people. The whole end of Lower Broadway was full. It was wild.
He and Tenpenny, who co-wrote “Au bout d’un bar”, were delighted to see the positive response from the crowd.
“We went out and started singing and by the end of the first take everyone was hearing it for the first time trying to sing. They knew the lyrics to Take 2, Take 3. It was really good.
Earlier this week, Young announced that Tenpenny will be joining him on his upcoming “Famous Friends” tour which begins in October. A new artist, Calista Clark, is also part of the line-up.
Young has a lot to look forward to in a year that he says has already been pretty amazing. He’s got new music, an upcoming tour, and even an appearance at the Grand Ole Opry this weekend. Life is Beautiful.
“I’m really excited about everything,” he says. “And I won’t be slowing down anytime soon. I’m having too much fun.