With a baritone that makes every keen ear yearn for more, Chris Young is among the elite list of country music stars whose work has gone a long way in keeping the genre relevant in a musical world that is largely dominated by pop music. With chart-topping songs like “Voices”, “Gettin’ You Home (The Black Dress Song)”, “The Man I Want to Be”, “Tomorrow”, “You”, “Aw Naw”, “Who I Am with You”, and “Lonely Eyes”, the Grammy Award-nominated singer who came onto the scene after emerging as the winner of the 2006 Nashville Star television program, has seen himself earn an invitation to become a member of the Grand Ole Opry, which is considered one of the highest achievements in country music.
Born Christopher Alan Young on the 12th of June, 1985 in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, Chris was raised in a family that loves and appreciates music. This stemmed from his grandfather, Richard Yates, being a performer on the radio and television country music show, Louisiana Hayride.
With the full support of his family members, young Chris began to participate in various theatrical productions and local clubs. From his time in high school at Oakland High School (Tennessee) where he sang in the school’s choir, to his time in college at Belmont University in Nashville or Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, he continued to perform as a part of his many groups.
As Chris Young’s popularity grew wider, the young talent heeded the advice of his friends to participate in the country music reality show, Nashville Star. The singer ended up winning the show in 2006, announcing himself to the world as he earned a contract with RCA Records Nashville.
How His Career Has Evolved Over the Years
After putting pen to paper with RCA Records Nashville in 2006, Chris Young’s musical career took off. Before the year ran out, he released his debut single “Drinkin’ Me Lonely” which peaked at number 42 on the US Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. He later released his self-titled debut album which produced one more chart single, “You’re Gonna Love Me”.
In September 2009, Chris released his second album titled The Man I Want to Be. The album, which was later certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America, produced three No. 1 songs, including the title track, “Voices”, and “Gettin’ You Home (The Black Dress Song)”.
Neon, Chris’ third album which also received platinum certification, was released in 2013. Two songs from the body of work also got to the No. 1 spot as the singer was named an ambassador for the Country Music Association Songwriter’s Series.
Since Neon, Chris Young has released four more studio albums; A.M., I’m Comin’ Over, It Must Be Christmas, and Losing Sleep. In 2019, he released two singles titled “Raised on Country” and “Drowning” as it was announced that an eight album titled Raised on Country was in the works.
How Much is Chris Young Worth?
There is no gainsaying that the prolific singer, who is a recipient of four awards; the 2007 CMT Music Awards in the Nationwide Is On Your Side category, two American Country Awards in 2011 for Breakthrough Artist of the Year and Single of the Year, and the 2014 British Country Music Association’s International Act of the Year, has built quite an enviable wealth for himself considering how well his songs have done.
Chris Young is said to have a net worth of about $4 million and its all thanks to his chart-topping singles and high-selling studio albums. The musician further makes additional income from concerts and touring as well as other related programs he engages himself in.
Having achieved so much in a short time, the artist tries to give back to society by doing a lot of charity work and donating to various causes. He has notably supported St. Jude Children’s Hospital, Little Kids Rock, and the Nashville School of Arts. He has also donated money to the victims of Hurricane Harvey.
Interesting Facts About His Love Life
Chris Young is quite a private person which is why information regarding anything outside his professional life is scarce. Fans are therefore only left to speculate on the sparingly available titbits about his love life.
In 2007, the singer was rumored to be in a romantic relationship with singer-songwriter and actress Adrianna Léon. The unconfirmed report said that the two shared their love secretly until their separation in 2008. Another rumor that circulated about his love life linked him with the lead vocalist of the Hey Monday rock band, Cassadee Pope. The rumor about the two being in a relationship spread a year after they recorded a duet titled “Think of You” for Chris’ 2015 album, I’m Comin’ Over. While Young said nothing about it, Pope clearly noted that what people saw and mistook for a deep relationship was them just having fun on stage and nothing more.
One unflattering rumor that also made rounds about him is that he was behind Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert’s divorce. According to the rumor, Miranda was cheating on her then-husband with Chris. He, however, denied this as he described the couple as his friends, adding that he would never betray them for any reason.
— ChrisYoungMusic (@ChrisYoungMusic) July 21, 2015
One of the reasons why Chris Young was likely mentioned as the person behind the celebrity breakup was because he and Miranda were quite close.