Chris Young was born in Murfreesboro, TN, on June 12, 1980. His grandfather, Richard Yates, was a performer on the Louisiana Hayride. He showed interest in music from an early age, performing in various children's theater productions. While attending Oakland High School and Riverdale High School (Tennessee), he sang in his high school choir and began playing in local clubs. While attending college, he continued to tour, performing more than 150 shows a year.
At a gig in Arlington, TX, he was encouraged to try out for "Nashville Star," a television talent show on the USA Networks. Auditioning in Houston, TX, he entered the show and won in 2006. His win earned him a contract with RCA Records Nashville and late that year he released his debut single, "Drinkin' Me Lonely." It peaked at No. 42 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart and served as the first single to his self-titled debut album, which was produced by Buddy Cannon. The album's second single, "You're Gonna Love Me," peaked at No. 48.
In May 2008, Chris Young released his third single, "Voices." In August, "Voices" became his first Top 40 entry on the Billboard charts, peaking at 37.
His second album, "The Man I Want to Be," was released in September 2009. It was produced by James Stroud and includes cover versions of Waylon Jennings' "Rose in Paradise" (as a duet with Willie Nelson) and Tony Joe White's "Rainy Night in Georgia."
In October 2009 Chris Young's fourth chart single, "Gettin' You Home (The Black Dress Song)," became his first No. 1 single. The album's title track was released in November 2009. Both it and a re-release of "Voices" went to No. 1.
He was nominated for the 2010 Academy of Country Music Top New Solo Vocalist, alongside Luke Bryan and Jamey Johnson. He was also nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Male Country Vocal Performance for "Gettin' You Home."
Chris released the single "Tomorrow" in February 2011. It became his fourth straight No. 1. The album "Neon" was released in July 2011. The album includes his fifth consecutive No. 1, "You," the title track, and "I Can Take It from There." In August 2012, "Tomorrow" became his first platinum-selling single.
The first single from Young's fourth studio album, "Aw Naw," was released to country radio in May 2013. The album, "A.M.," was released in September 2013.
In the past year Young has served as an Ambassador for the CMA songwriter's series showcased in Belfast, Dublin, London, and Paris as an attempt to get country music in the media overseas.
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