Chris Young Quotes.
It’s amazing to me how often the answer to making something sound better is to play something less.
There’s probably a couple someones that are gonna hear the songs and go, ‘I think that might have been about me,’ or, ‘I know it’s about me.’ I do play that pretty close to the vest. I don’t think I’m ever gonna write a song and drop somebody’s name in it.
My family and I are very close, and they mean more than anything to me, but I’m also the kind of guy who likes to go out with my friends and have a good time on Friday nights.
Everybody has their favorite sad songs. That’s part of what I love so much about country music. Country music is never afraid to go with a sad song.
I don’t think breakups are ever easy for anybody. If they are, they aren’t much of a breakup.
I don’t want to be the person who has the gigantic headlines: ‘Look Who So-and-So Is Dating Now.’ That, to me, isn’t really who I am.
Your family are people you lean on and learn from. When I told my family I wanted to do music, they were really supportive.
Everybody’s like, ‘You’re tall. You didn’t play basketball?’ They asked me when I was a freshman in high school, and basketball practice was the same time a lot of stuff happened with choir. And I picked choir, which, normally, people would scratch their heads at, but it worked out okay.
One of the first records I bought for myself was a Keith Whitley record. I still love the ‘L.A. to Miami’ album. There were so many things on there – ‘Miami, My Amy,’ ‘Ten Feet Away,’ ‘Nobody in His Right Mind Would’ve Left Her.’ I can put that album on repeat and listen.
I’m a big fan of breakfast food. Literally, the simplest thing in the world – if you can scramble eggs without burning them, I’ll eat them. It doesn’t matter what time of the day it is.
I write a lot of my music, but not all of it. I have always subscribed to the ‘best song wins’ theory when making an album.
I played a funeral convention once. York Casket Company pays well, in case anyone’s wondering!
We didn’t have a whole lot of cash growing up. My mom was a single parent for a while before my stepdad came into the picture.
My favorite part is, once a song is out there to the public, having someone come up and tell their own story about why one of your songs resonated with them. It’s an incredible feeling.
My standing gig in college was playing the El Chico patio on Murfreesboro Road. I got $100, tips, and free quesadillas.
For every single show you do, make sure you go out and literally try to beat what you did the day before. It’s something that you can incorporate into everything you do. If you’re constantly trying to beat your best, over time it will help you grow.
Some of my favorite records growing up were Christmas albums. The ones I liked best were the albums that you could listen to from start to finish. You could put them on while you’re decorating the tree or driving around looking at Christmas lights.
I’m a sucker for a sad song.
Everybody influences everybody else, in my opinion. There are different trends in music all the time. No matter who starts them, if it’s a true trend in the music, it ends up influencing other people as well.
Any time I’m trying to find that groove on a big tempo song, I go back and listen to some Aerosmith records. ‘Love in an Elevator,’ ‘Rag Doll,’ all that stuff was really great music. It’s something that I still dig and go back and listen to.
When I was making my second record, I was in studio, and I was like, ‘No more ballads! Absolutely not!’ And somebody walked in with ‘The Man I Wanna Be’ and I heard it and was like, ‘Ah, crap!’
I think the biggest way of connecting with people is through your music and kind of saying what you want to say as an artist. And hopefully, you’re making something that someone’s going to be like, ‘This is my favorite song.’ That’s always your goal, I think, anybody in any genre.
Social media is a very, very powerful tool. It also gives power to tools.
If you aren’t already a songwriter, try it. When you can say what you want to say, in your own words, it’s incredibly easy to show an audience who you are.