CMA Awards Artist Spotlight: CHRIS YOUNG

Chris Young hits the Black Carpet at the 2010 CMA Awards in Nashville.

Like a handful of the other 2011 CMA Awards nominees (Miranda Lambert, Carrie Underwood, Steel Magnolia, Kelly Clarkson) Chris Young made his start on television. In 2006, he won the fourth season of the popular Country competition series, Nashville Star (USA), earning Young a deal with RCA Records in Nashville. While it’s easy to group him with so many budding artists who have broken out from reality TV, the past five years have set Chris Young apart as one of Country’s shining new talents. Young joins The Band Perry, Luke Bryan, Eric Church and Thompson Square as a New Artist of the Year nominee – his second consecutive nomination in the category.

More about Chris Young

Growing up in Murfreesboro, Tenn. just 35 miles from the Country Music capital of the world, it seemed destined for Chris Young to wind up in Music City.  So it came as no surprise to friends and family when Young was declared the winner of Nashville Star in May 2006 and released his self-titled debut album shortly after. The album peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart and produced the Top-50 singles, “Drinkin’ Me Lonely” and “You’re Gonna Love Me.”

Chris Young’s sophomore album, The Man I Want to Be, was the start of many “firsts” for the Country newcomer.  It became Young’s first Gold-certified release and generated his first No. 1 single with “Gettin’ You Home (The Black Dress Song),” which also earned Young his first GRAMMY nomination in 2010.  The album also produced the hit singles “The Man I Want to Be” and “Voices” which both claimed the top spot on the Country Songs chart.

On July 12, 2011 Young released his third studio album on RCA Nashville, titled Neon. It sold over 70,000 units in its first week, peaking at No. 2 on the Country Albums chart and No. 4 on the Top 200 all-genre chart. The album showcased Young’s clear talent as a songwriter, co-writing seven of the 10 tracks, including the No. 1 hit “Tomorrow” and the current single, “You.” Young has opened for Country superstars like Alan Jackson, Rascal Flatts and Blake Shelton, as well as opening dates for fellow CMA Awards nominee, Jason Aldean, in October.

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5 Responses to CMA Awards Artist Spotlight: CHRIS YOUNG

  1. Diana Joubert says:

    When will it be broadcast on South African TV?

  2. Pam Hart says:

    Great article. Also join Chris Young fan club for meet and greet and special just for his fans all the time. http://www.chrisyoungcountry.com/index.php

  3. Rebecca Bonner says:

    I just love Chris Young. We met him before he was a star. We were at every single episode of Nashville Stars that year pulling for Chris. One of Chris’s website helpers took our picture holding up Chris Young signs and put it on his May 2006 web page. I knew he was going to win from the first episode. Go, Chris. You’re awesome!

  4. Brooke Albers says:

    okay, i have tought about this question for a few years now. my question is, why is it called the CMA Awards? i mean CMA stands for country music awards so why add another awards?!? okay what i am saying is if you say it out loud(without the initials), it would say, country music awards awards. now i think thats just weird! so you people who control the cma awards, think about this and change the title!!!!!!!!!!

    • Brooke,
      CMA actually stands for Country Music Association. Here is a short explanation of our organization:

      “More than 6,000 music industry professionals and companies around the globe are members of the Country Music Association. Formed in 1958 as the first trade association for a single genre of music, the organization’s objectives are to serve as an educational and professional resource for the industry while advancing the growth of Country Music around the world.

      CMA brings Country Music to the world, not only through its two signature events, CMA Music Festival and the CMA Awards, but through working every day throughout the year to promote the genre, its artists and its community with initiatives and events with the sole purpose of advancing Country Music.”

      So essentially, the “CMA Awards” stand for the Country Music Association Awards.

      Hope that clears it up for you! Thanks for your support!

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