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article imageInterview with country singer Chris Young: 'Aw Naw' Special

By Markos Papadatos     Oct 12, 2013 in Entertainment
Chris Young is a Grammy-nominated country singer and songwriter that is signed to RCA Nashville. He co-wrote 6 out of the 11 tracks on his latest studio album "A.M."
It debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot Country Album charts, as well as No. 3 on the Billboard 200 all-genre charts, which marked his highest charting album to date. "That felt cool for sure. It was a good week for us," he said graciously.
As indicated in Entertainment Weekly, Young was named one of the summer's top tour openers.
He co-wrote the album's lead single "Aw Naw" with Chris DeStefano and Ashley Gorley, which sits at No. 9 on the Billboard Hot Country Airplay charts, for the week ending October 19. "That feels really good and hopefully, it has a lot more to go. It's been a great song for me since it is really fun to play live and people really get into it and they sing along with it," he said.
He noted that his song selection process for A.M. was gut-driven. "As a whole, there are a lot more up-tempo songs on here, which a little bit different for this record," he said. "I want people to go out there and get the whole album and I want them to find songs on there that they love and hopefully they will end up being singles," he added with a laugh.
It is extremely difficult for Young to chose a favorite song on this record and considers his favorite recording to be a revolving one, where it changes from day to day. "There are so many things that I like on this record, but right this second it is 'Who I Am With You,'" he shared.
He revealed that he co-wrote "Goodbye" on the same day that he co-wrote the title cut "A.M." "That was actually kind of weird since you are probably not going to get any two songs that are further apart as far as tempo, subject matter and feel. It was a really cool day. 'Goodbye' is one of those songs that is one of my favorites and hopefully it will be a single at some point," he said.
Young toured with Brad Paisley as part of his "Beat This Summer" tour on more than 25 shows and he will rejoin again this fall. "Honestly, it is really cool for me since I have always been a big Brad Paisley fan. He is such a great guy and you never know what you are going to get. Brad has been great. It's a really easy tour to be on for sure," he said.
Earlier this year, Young was honored with the prestigious Country Music Association (CMA) "Triple Play Award" which honors songwriters for writing three No. 1 songs within a 12-month period. This feature was accomplished with his hit singles "Voices, " "Tomorrow," as well as "You."
His music is played consistently on New York's country radio station, Nash FM 94.7, and he was recently interviewed by esteemed media personality Kelly Ford. "It's just great that there is a country station in New York and they have been a great supporter of my music. Kelly is great," he said. "It's really great to hear feedback on Facebook and Twitter from my fans that they hear my songs played on there."
Young will join country crooner George Strait on his farewell tour, "The Cowboy Rides Away" for select dates in 2014. "I get to do a weekend with George next year and it is such a cool thing since it's his final tour. I don't know anybody who does not know a couple of George Strait songs that they love. The guy is a legend, so it's going to be a great opportunity to open up shows for him," he said.
Regarding his future plans, Young stated, "There are a lot of good things coming up next year, but not everything has been announced yet. We want to put out some more singles from this record and getting more of the music out. I will be out there with Brad Paisley and it's going to be a good year next year," he said.
On February 17, Young played a concert at the NYCB Theatre at Westbury, Long Island, for his New York fans. "That was very cool. It is a different vibe to be in the round like that. There were great people there," he said. "We will be back up there at some point."
To learn more about country singer Chris Young and his new album, visit his official website.
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