WITH A distinctive baritone voice that would melt chocolate and good looks that won him the title "Sexy Man of the Week" by People Magazine, country star and RCA Nashville recording artist Chris Young is a rising star in Nashville.
Winning "Nashville Star" in 2006 garnered him a recording deal with RCA. Young's first album won him a nomination for the Academy of Country Music's "Top Male Vocalist" honor. His sophomore CD, "The Man I Want To Be," produced three back-to-back #1 singles.
Young's road to success shifted into the fast lane after his third studio album "Neon" produced an impressive five #1 songs in a row, as well as earning him a Grammy nomination for "Gettin' You Home."
Currently touring with the Ohio Valley's own Brad Paisley on the "Beat This Summer" tour, you might think this country heart throb would be taking some time to enjoy the moment, but content is not in the vocabulary for Young.
"The ground work is laid for the release of the new album in September. There is a small lull right now, but I feel like I am sitting on the bull just waiting for the gate to open," Young said, as he is poised to rise to the next level in the industry. "It will be crazy when everything kicks in. It will be a month straight of touring without coming home."
The artist co-wrote four of the number ones from his last album and is passionate about his latest work. "It will be a little more up tempo than the previous albums. I think everyone could tell that from the first single."
"Aw Naw" is the title of the song released back in May from his fourth studio album, A.M. The country party tune he wrote with Chris DeStefano and Ashley Gorley is a break from the simple, wistful pleasure of his previous work.
"You always have to walk that line. It is part of the challenge of being a song writer," said Young, who is known as a balladeer and one of the best male vocalists in contemporary country music but is showing off his country-rocker side in his new album. "It is a little departure from what I have been doing, everything is mid-tempo, but there are still a couple of really big ballads."
"We've worked real hard in the studio recording an album that really reflects my live show," Young said, adding that he enjoyed headlining his own Liquid Neon Tour earlier this year. "We were excited to get out and play the new songs live. You have to love country music fans. They are the best."
Young will perform "Aw Naw" which he says is a crowd favorite on the summer tour. "I can't take credit for that title. Ashley Gorley kind of threw that out there."
While Young enjoys touring with other artists, he is excited about coming to the Ohio Valley and having the spotlight. "The tour is pretty much the same thing every night, so this gives us an opportunity to open it up and do some different things."
Young is excited about coming to Jamboree in the Hills and playing for the crowd. He is also looking forward to the opportunity of working with Miranda Lambert again. "I was on tour with her last year, and she is just a great person."
He also shares the Thursday night stage with Dwight Yokam. "I really am a fan of his music, especially 'Long White Cadillac' - it has to be one of my favorites."
Also on the Thursday night ticket will be Pittsburgh-based group, "The Stickers" and "The Cadillac Three."
Tickets are still available and on-site wrist banding will officially open on Wednesday, July 17, at noon.
Young's new single is available for purchase at digital retailers like iTunes while the album 'A.M.' is available for pre-order on Amazon.
His last album debuted at #2, but pre-sales indicate this one could top the charts when it is released. "That was the same day as Blake Shelton's album came out," Young qualified. "We have never had a clean shot at the charts, but it is always fun to put a new album out there."
Chris announced that his "Aw Naw" video will premier June 27 at noon EDST exclusively on Vevo.