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Young receives big surprise

Tuesday, August 29, 2017 – Chris Young received a big surprise when he played the Grand Ole Opry tonight. He received one of country's highest honors when he was asked to join by Vince Gill.

The invite came just prior to Young's performance of their chart-topping duet "Sober Saturday Night." Growing up in nearby Murfreesboro, Tenn., Young made his Opry debut on June 15, 2006.

Young's formal induction will take place Oct. 17, just days before the release of his 7th album, "Losing Sleep."

Joining Young on stage, Gill laughed that he'd never been paid for his work on the "Sober Saturday Night" session. "I'll make you a deal," Gill said. "I'll forgive the session fees if you'll be the newest member of the Grand Ole Opry."

Accepting the invitation to a standing ovation, Young answered Gill, saying, "You're getting triple scale at this point." Noting his surprise, he added, "Dang, you got me good. I love you guys. I love everybody here. I love this place."

"As a friend and someone that's been out here for 30 years, you will not believe the friendships, the relationships and the heart that you will gain from being out here for the rest of your life," Gill added. "It's going to be really powerful to you, so congratulations."

Earlier in the evening, BMI songwriters Young, Gill, and Brad and Brett Warren, were surrounded by music industry friends and supporters inside Studio A at the Grand Ole Opry House to celebrate the chart-topping success of "Sober Saturday Night" from Young's fifth record, "I'm Comin' Over." RCA Records Nashville also presented Young with an award for R.I.A.A. Platinum certification of his album "Neon" and plaques for R.I.A.A. certified singles "Think Of You" (Platinum) and "Sober Saturday Night" (Gold), bringing his total tally to 16 Gold and Platinum certifications.

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Losing Sleep CD review - Losing Sleep
Chris Young has one of the best country voices, and it's always a pleasure to hear him sing. But it's disappointing when the title cut sounds more like the groove to a Justin Bieber song than anything truly country. When, say, someone like Jason Aldean performs music with barely any resemblance to real country music, it's not that big a deal; he's not a great natural singer to begin with. However, Young's voice is just too good to waste on mere pop. »»»
It Must Be Christmas CD review - It Must Be Christmas
Song selection can sometimes seem fairly inessential whenever chosen by a master singer. Such is the case with "It Must Be Christmas," Chris Young's new holiday collection. He sounds as perfectly comfortable with the jazzy "I'll Be Home for Christmas," where its supper club vibe takes a little of the edge off one seriously sad song, as he does with the Phil Spector rock nugget "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)." Young is also helped out by a few special guests. »»»
I'm Comin' Over CD review - I'm Comin' Over
Chris Young has enjoyed steady success from his previous four releases, and there's no reason to suggest that "I'm Comin' Over" won't do the same. But that doesn't mean that Young is doing anything all that different from what's au courant. Young's go to has always been his full-sounding, big-bodied voice, and that remains intact here throughout these 11 songs, 9 of which he had a hand in writing. His voice is front and center (that's apparent »»»
Editorial: Walking the talk – When names like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon and the Hag are invoked, you're talking hard core country. These are the touchstones of country , the guys who made country music what it was and still is (or maybe can be). When these folks would sing about being down-and-out and the rough-and-tumble, they knew of what they were singing about. Fast forward a few years to the country singers of today. »»»
Concert Review: Rising Appalachia buck the mainsteam, and that's fine with them – Rising Appalachia would not be accused of being in the musical mainstream. Not too many bands who combine folk and Appalachian sounds with new world music could possibly be. And that suits the sister-led duo of Chloe Smith and Leah Song just fine. In fact, at one point, Chloe made it clear she did not embrace radio play as a sign of success... »»»
Concert Review: Bingham plays with something to prove – Ryan Bingham mainly focused on songs from his sixth album "American Love Song," for this lively show. Backed by a supportive band that also included two female backup singers and a fiddler, Bingham's eclectic setlist touched upon country, singer/songwriter folk, rock and blues. Bingham reached for lively country sounds early on, with... »»»
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