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Chris Young pays tribute on EP

Thursday, May 20, 2010 – The same week that Chris Young tallied his second week atop the Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart with The Man I Want to Be, the title track to his current album, Young is offering fans a three-song EP paying tribute to a few of his country heroes. "Voices," an acoustic release, will be available exclusively on the iTunes Store beginning Tuesday, May 25.

The songs include Keith Whitley's I'm Over You, John Anderson's Swingin' and Vern Gosdin's Country Music Association Award-winning Chiseled In Stone.

"There's a song on my current album called 'Voices' - it's my next single - and we decided to name this EP 'Voices, 'too, and one of the reasons we did that is because these are really the voices that inspired me, musically," Young said. "If you go through a list of some of my favorite artists, these guys are at the top."

Young said the inspiration for the release was about finding a way to offer something special to his fans. "I love these songs and the men who originally sang them. These are all songs I might play in my live set at one of my shows on any given night, and this project allows me to share with fans some of the musical voices that helped make me the man I am today."

Young performs on the Grand Ole Opry tonight and then will be back on the road opening Alan Jackson's Freight Train Tour, with the final three dates this weekend as the tour rolls into University Park, Pa., on Friday; Charleston, West Virginia on Saturday; and Lexington, Ky., this Sunday (May 23). This summer, Young will join Rascal Flatts, from June 25 through September 19, opening the first leg of their JC Penney Presents Rascal Flatts Nothing Like This Tour.

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