Chris Young has become a pillar in the country genre with his distinctive baritone and memorable storytelling. Since signing his record deal with RCA Nashville at the age of 20, the multi-platinum artist, one of Billboard’s top country artists of the decade, has amassed over five billion career streams and 13 No. 1 hits, eleven as a songwriter. Now, Young has entered an exciting new
chapter with an expanded version of his eighth studio album – Famous Friends (Deluxe Edition).
A traditionalist who continues to push the genre forward with modern production, adept songwriting and captivating collaborations, Young reflects on his hometown crew on the chart topping title track lead single with an assist from real-life friend and labelmate Kane Brown. The anthemic ode to his hometown has Young shining a light on his own friends with soaring guitar features and a pounding beat that will excel in the live setting.
Written with frequent collaborators Cary Barlowe and Corey Crowder while at a headline tour stop several years ago, the double-platinum “Famous Friends” has Young name-dropping real friends in his life. The three songwriters had already penned “Raised On Country” that weekend and after catching Young’s live show, Barlowe and Crowder wanted to capture the crowd’s energy and the singer’s electricity onstage. Young embraced the idea and says the song gives him the ability to share how he grew up. He later sent the song to Brown who loved what he heard,
and Young suggested a collaboration on “Famous Friends.”
“He and I are good buddies and being able to have that history together, it comes off as totally real – because it is,” Young says of Brown adding his vocals to the track.
Capping 2021 as Billboard’s Country Airplay Song of the year, “Famous Friends” took home Collaborative Video of the Year at the 2021 CMT Music Awards and earned 3 Country Music Association Awards nominations, 7 Academy of Country Music Awards nominations and his first American Music Awards and iHeart Radio Music Awards nods. It has Young mentioning Rutherford County, the area where he grew up in Tennessee, and Brown’s hometown of Hamilton County before singing of their current locale – Nashville’s Davidson County. “It means a lot because it’s honest and it’s the truth,” Young says of the autobiographical lyrics. “Being able to sneak something like that into a song, that’s a piece of me.”