Young goes virtual with fans
Monday, June 11, 2012
– After meeting and greeting with fans for more than nine hours on Thursday at the CMA Music Festival between signings in Fan Fair Hall and the full capacity crowd at his fan club party, Chris Young left home to play a full weekend of shows, but didn't leave his fans in Nashville behind.
Young made stops in Indianapolis, Chicago and Detroit. Despite the miles between them, Young still wanted to connect with his fans.
While waiting to take the stage for Miranda Lambert's "On Fire" tour in Indianapolis on Friday, Young employed Netwave Technology to spend another hour hosting a virtual meet and greet with his fans at the festival. As fans waited in line at Young's booth at CMA Music Festival, the singer video chatted with each person individually and signed a digital photo. He later Tweeted a surprise Skype session with CMA Music Festival attendees for Saturday from Chicago's Wrigley Field, where later than night he played for an estimated 35,000 country music fans. Young was the only artist this year to host a virtual meet-and-greet from Fan Fair Hall at CMA Music Festival.
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