It is officially the season of (gift) giving, and country singer Chris Young is opening his heart (and subsequently is wallet) in a big way. The star has established an annual scholarship for recording industry students at Middle Tennessee State University, where he previously attended, beginning with the fall semester of 2017. The Chris Young Scholarship will be granted to a rising junior or senior in the program. “MTSU helped to give me a foundation for the music business, and I want this scholarship to help other students who are looking to take a similar path,” Young, who is a native of Murfreesboro, Tennessee, shares in a press statement.
“Chris has remained a loyal and connected MTSU alum through the years,” Joe Bales, Vice President of University Advancement, says. “He’s returned to perform several times in MTSU’s Murphy Center as his music career ascended and remains generous with his time and talent, even donating some of his touring audio equipment and accessories a few years ago.”
During the upcoming string of I'm Comin' Over Tour dates (running through Dec. 10), fans are encouraged to bring an unwrapped book or toy to his shows. Donations/gifts will benefit Toys for Tots in the local market.
Recently, Young issued his first-ever holiday-themed set, It Must Be Christmas. The 10-track collection is brimming with holiday sheer and his delightful renditions of such holiday classics as "I'll Be Home for Christmas," "Silent Night" (featuring Boyz II Men), "Holly Holly Christmas" and "There's a New Kid in Town" (with country veteran Alan Jackson). Grab the LP now on iTunes.
Young is set to perform tonight (Nov. 28) on the annual CMA Country Christmas. The show, hosted by Jennifer Nettles, also features performances by Kelly Clarkson, Kelsea Ballerini with Joey Alexander, Loretta Lynn, Andra Day, "The Voice" finalist Jordan Smith, Brett Eldredge, Kacey Musgraves and Idina Menzel (and many, many more). The show airs at 8/7c on ABC. Check your local listings.
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