Happy Birthday Chris Young: Celebrating the ‘Famous Friends’ Country Star

by Jennifer Shea
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Chris Young turns 36 years old today, and the country star is still in fine musical form. He’s got a new record due out this August, titled Famous Friends, and he’s got a slew of concert dates coming up this summer.

Famous Friends will include the recently-released single “Rescue Me,” a song about a would-be Superman proposing to his girlfriend. “But tell me, who is gonna rescue me?/’Cause it sure feels like kryptonite/How you got me on one knee/With my hand out, beggin’ for mercy,” Young sings.

The title track on the album is Young’s collaboration with Kane Brown. “Famous Friends” won Collaboration of the Year at this year’s CMT Awards. It pays homage to the country musicians’ friendship and shared Tennessee roots. Young wrote the song with Cary Barlowe and Corey Crowder.

How It All Began for Chris Young

Young hails from Murfreesboro, Tennessee. He got his big break on “Nashville Star,” a singing competition and reality TV show that lasted from 2003 to 2008. The musician joined the show in mid-2006.

Before he auditioned for “Nashville Star,” Young was the house singer for Cowboys Dancehall in San Antonio, Texas, according to Country Fancast.

See how Young did on “Nashville Star” here:

Upon winning the reality singing competition, Young received a contract with RCA Records Nashville, which he quickly parlayed into a studio version of his single “Drinkin’ Me Lonely.” Young’s first record was titled Chris Young.

Watch Young perform “Drinkin’ Me Lonely” here:

From ‘Nashville Star’ to Eight Studio Albums

Meanwhile, Young is still with RCA Records. And since he won a contract with the record label, he has released eight studio albums and twenty singles. The country star has also done multiple collaborations, with artists ranging from Cassadee Pope to Vince Gill.

His first album featured two singles, “Drinkin’ Me Lonely” and “You’re Gonna Love Me,” that made it onto the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. Young’s first No. 1 hit was “Gettin’ You Home,” a Grammy-nominated tune about the anticipation of a couple’s night out, from his second album, The Man I Want to Be.

Outside the recording studio, Young reportedly eats breakfast food at all hours of the day, and once received four cases of Pop Tarts as a gift upon graduating high school. He is a big fan of the “Harry Potter” books. And before he takes the stage at his performances, he sets aside time to pray with his band, per Country Fancast.

Watch the music video for “Gettin’ You Home” here: