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GRAMMY-nominated country singer/songwriter Chris Young recently performed a cover of Eric Clapton's classic ballad "Change The World" for an installment of The Recording Academy's ReImagined series at Smidi Music in Venice, Calif. Linking GRAMMY history with current music makers, ReImagined is a performance-based series featuring artists interpreting an iconic GRAMMY-winning song and performances of original music.
"Change The World" is featured on the soundtrack to 1996's blockbuster film Phenomenon. The song reached No. 5 on the Billboard Hot 100 and helped the soundtrack crack the Top 15 on the Billboard 200. Co-written by Gordon Kennedy, Wayne Kirkpatrick and Tommy Sims, "Change The World" took home Song Of The Year honors at the 39th GRAMMY Awards in 1997. It also garnered Clapton two GRAMMYs for Record Of The Year and Best Male Pop Vocal Performance. In addition to "Change The World," Young performed "Aw Naw" from his new album, A.M.
"The one bad thing about picking a song like 'Change The World' is it's got so much cred and history ... and it's like, 'Man, I hope I don't mess this up,'" said Young. "But it really was [a song] that just spoke to me. I think people … are going to get that I love the song and was just trying to kind of tip my hat to it."
Born in Murfreesboro, Tenn., Young began singing as a child in local theater productions and 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 show's 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 his first GRAMMY nomination for Best Male Country Vocal Performance for "Gettin' You Home" at the 53rd GRAMMY Awards in 2010. In 2011 he released Neon, which peaked at No. 4.
Released in September, A.M. was produced by GRAMMY nominee James Stroud. The album peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 and features 11 tracks, six of which were co-written by Young, including the Billboard Hot 100 hit "Aw Naw."
Young is currently in the midst of a U.S. tour with GRAMMY winner Brad Paisley, with dates scheduled through December. In 2014 Young will join GRAMMY winner George Strait on his Cowboy Rides Away tour.
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