Young shows off "Famous Friends"
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Young shows off "Famous Friends"

Friday, June 11, 2021 – Chris Young is releasing his eighth studio disc, "Famous Friends," on Aug. 6.

The 14-song effort includes the title track featuring Kane Brown, collaborations with Lauren Alaina and Mitchell Tenpenny, plus background vocals from Sarah Buxton, Hillary Lindsey and Shay Mooney of Dan + Shay fame.

"I know I've said it before, but I honestly can't say it enough - I am so excited to be releasing my new album," he said. "There are so many incredibly talented artists, songwriters and producers – all friends of mine - who helped make this album possible. Having friends share their talents as collaborators, songwriters, producers and more, it's only natural to call the album 'Famous Friends.'"

In addition to "Raised On Country," "Drowning," "Town Ain't Big Enough" and " Famous Friends ," which recently won for CMT Music Awards Collaborative Video of the Year, his new song "Rescue Me," can be streamed and downloaded starting today ahead of the album's release in August.

"I think 'Rescue Me' is such a cool twist on the typical love song concept," said Young of the song written with Josh Hoge, Mark Holman, Matthew McGinn and Christian Davis Stalnecker. "People were already falling in love with it just based off short social teases. It's something special, and I'm proud to have helped write it and produce it alongside Mark Holman."

While the album's final track, "Tonight We're Dancing," is produced solely by Young, he co-produced the remaining 13 of 14 songs along with Corey Crowder, Chris DeStefano and Holman. Young also helped write 13 of the songs.

"I want people to fall in love with it, blow their speakers listening to it, dance to it, party along with it, cry to it, just live it – and I can't wait to start playing this new music on the road soon" Young said.

The track list is:
1. Raised on Country
2. Famous Friends (with Kane Brown)
3. Town Ain't Big Enough (with Lauren Alaina)
4. Drowning
5. Rescue Me
6. Break Like You Do
7. At the End of a Bar (with Mitchell Tenpenny)
8. Love Looks Good on You
9. One of Them Nights
10. When You're Drinking
11. Cross Every Line
12. Hold My Beer Watch This
13. Best Seat in the House
14. Tonight We're Dancing

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