Chris Young - Plant City Florida
By: CSO Staff Journalist
wasn't sure what to expect upon arriving at the Strawberry
Festival. I hadn't been in my home state for years and I
can't recall the last time I attended this festival. Before
this evening, all I knew for sure was I love strawberries
and country music, so I figured I could hardly be
disappointed at a festival that showcases both. After all is
said and done, I have to say it was no surprise that the
strawberry shortcake was good and sweet but it turns out
that so is the handsome gentleman from Murfreesboro,
Tennessee. It isn't difficult to see why Chris Young was
nominated for Best Male Country Vocal Artist at this years
I was impressed to see fans from four to eighty-four years
old, singing along to Young's hits from his first, self
titled album, and his sophomore titled album, "The Man I
Want To Be", which landed him three consecutive number one
hits, "Gettin You Home" "The Man I Want To Be" and the
history making number one single "Voices," which also became
the first country record, in twenty-five years, to make
chart-topping status after being re-released.
Young is off to a great start with the first single release
from his new album. The beautiful ballad, titled "Tomorrow,"
was written by Young with Frank Myers and Anthony Smith.
It's such a powerful song and listening to his deep baritone
voice, and seeing the emotions in his face, while performing
this song, brought tears to my eyes. I'm not afraid to go on
record to say I predict this will most likely be his fourth
number one hit.
Young's obsession with music began at a early age. As a
young child he was inspired by listening to his grandfather,
one-time Louisiana Hayride performer Richard Yates, who
would play piano and guitar at family gatherings. He is
quoted on his website as saying, "For as long as I can
remember, I told everyone I would be a country singer. I've
always been sure that this was what I was going to do. I
didn't know if I'd be successful, but I knew I would be
singing, even if it meant doing it on the street with a cup
in front of me. I love it that much." After seeing him
perform tonight, I'm quite sure we won't be seeing the
talented Young pandering on any street corners.
After the show, as we walked near the back gate, he
demonstrated what a sweet and caring person he is when a
young handicapped girl, who had been waiting, along with
several other vocal fans who hoped to catch a glimpse of
their favorite artist, hollered out, "Chris! We love you!
Please come to the gate. Please!" And he did. In fact, he
signed numerous autographs and even took time to pose for
For the second time tonight Young managed to bring tears to
my eyes; first with his great songs and mellow voice and now
as I watched how effortlessly, and willingly, he was able to
touch the heart of a little girl. But then I guess I
shouldn't have been surprised, after all, it was back in
2005 when he was first featured on CSO. We weren't shy when
we predicted he would be a superstar. One of our album
reviewers wrote, his name is Chris Young. The name is easy
to remember and the voice is impossible to forget. I
couldn't agree more.