GRAMMY-nominated country singer/songwriter Chris Young recently performed his latest hit "Who I Am With You" at The Recording Academy Nashville Chapter GRAMMY Block Party, which also featured performances by Brandy Clark, Martina McBride and Kacey Musgraves, among others. Following his set, Young participated in an exclusive GRAMMY.com interview, discussing the impact his fans have had on his career, discovering "Who I Am With You" and why he initially had reservations about recording the song.
"I always get more nervous when it's a song I didn't write that's on my record that I play on because I'm like, 'What if this tanks and I've totally ruined this amazing songwriter's beautiful song?'" said Young regarding "Who I Am With You," which was co-written by Marv Green, Paul Jenkins and Jason Sellers.
Born in Murfreesboro, Tenn., Young began singing as a child in local theater productions and segued into performing in clubs throughout his home state during high school and college. In 2006 he was thrust into the spotlight when he competed in season four of the competition reality series "Nashville Star," emerging as the winner. Young subsequently inked a deal with RCA Records and released his self-titled debut album in 2006, which peaked at No. 3 on Billboard's Country Albums chart. Young followed with 2009's The Man I Want To Be, which peaked at No. 19 on the Billboard 200 and garnered him a 2010 GRAMMY nomination for Best Male Country Vocal Performance. In 2011 he released Neon, which peaked at No. 4.
Young's most recent album, 2013's A.M., peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 on the strength of the Billboard Hot 100 hits "Who I Am With You" and "Aw Naw." In 2013 he participated in The Recording Academy's ReImagined series, performing a cover of Eric Clapton's GRAMMY-winning hit "Change The World."
Young is currently in the midst of a U.S. tour, with dates scheduled through October, including select dates with GRAMMY nominee Dierks Bentley.
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