Christopher Alan “Chris” Young (born June 12, 1985 in Murfreesboro, Tennessee) is an American country music artist. In 2006, he was declared the winner of the television program “Nashville Star,” a singing competition which aired on the USA Network. After winning, he was signed to RCA Records Nashville.
In 2006 Young released his debut single, “Drinkin' Me Lonely.” This song, which peaked at #42 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart, 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 #48. In May 2008, Young released his third single, “Voices,” which became Young's first Top 40 entry on the Billboard Country chart, going on to peak at #37. Following it was his fourth chart single, “Gettin' You Home (The Black Dress Song).”
His second album, “The Man I Want to Be,” was released in 2009. The album was produced by James Stroud. It includes cover versions of Waylon Jennings' “Rose in Paradise” (as a duet with Willie Nelson), as well as a cover of Tony Joe White's “Rainy Night in Georgia.” In October 2009, “Gettin' You Home” became the first #1 country single of Young's career. The album's title track was released as its second single and became his second #1 country song. “Voices” was re-released in June 2010, and has since become Young's third #1 country hit.
Young was nominated for the 2010 Academy of Country Music Top New Solo Vocalist, alongside Luke Bryan and Jamey Johnson.
In 2011 he released his third studio album, “Neon,” which reached #4 on the Billboard 200 Albums chart and #2 on the Country Albums chart. The single, “Tomorrow,” peaked at #16 on the Billboard Country Songs chart and at #64 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles chart.