Chris Young
Chris Young
Photo courtesy of Sheryl Nields

Country music star Chris Young got his start on a USA Network reality show called “Nashville Star." This show was where fans got to know him and Young won the show in 2006, which helped to launch his career. At first, he considered not even going on the show, but when he heard that the winner would get a recording contract with RCA, he decided that he wanted to go for it. Christopher Alan Young was born on June 12, 1985 in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.

As a high school student, Young was already in love with singing, but really considered a career in law. Young was raised by his mother Becky and his stepfather Michael, whom he considered his father. He was really close with his family and even brought them all to help film his video for “Voices," making sure they all had a part including a picture of his sister since she couldn’t be there due to military deployment.

His music was inspired by some of the country greats. Young says for as long as he can remember he listened to artists like Keith Whitley and Randy Travis. His first single “Drinking Me Lonely” was one that Chris wrote and shared on “Nashville Star." The fans that have been with him from the start still ask him to play this one for them.

Young attended college at Belmont University in Nashville, then at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, where he studied music. He went for two years, but Young wanted to have perfect grades and this was hard to do while playing 150 shows a year. After those two years, he decided to dropout and focus on his music career.

He knew, at this point, that this was the path for him, without a doubt. Young shared, "I've always felt this was my destiny. But I also realized early on that hard work is as important as talent. I love to work just as much as I love music. So I'm having the time of my life right now.”

While spending time in Nashville was great, Chris Young was not getting where he wanted to be. He was offered a job at Cowboy's honky-tonk in Arlington, Texas as front man for their house band, and took the offer.

After winning “Nashville Star," Young put out his first album with RCA and things didn’t take off as quickly as he hoped. Young had a great fan base, but he wasn’t hitting No. 1 right away. It didn’t take him long though. Chris Young won Breakthrough Artist of the Year Award at the American Country Awards. His song “You” ended up being his fifth straight No. 1 release, which of course included "Gettin' You Home (The Black Dress Song)."

Chris Young knows how to put on an amazing concert and you will hear his all of his hits, plus a few covers, anytime you see him perform. He has toured with country greats such as Miranda Lambert, Brad Paisley and Rascal Flatts.