Chris Young - Chris Young
Album Review By: Penny
Rondinella, CSO Staff Journalist
Young's amazing baritone voice is so delightful, I can't
even begin to tell you how talented this young gentleman is. I've been a Chris Young
supporter for a few
years now. I met him in Nashville in 2004 at The CMA Festival (I still call it Fan Fair) after receiving CD's of his to review. I immediately
fell in love with his incredible voice. What
talent, not only did he write most of the songs on both of his
indie albums, he produced them as well. I
attended his Fan Club party while in Nashville and the rest is history, seeing him perform live in front
of a crowd of people, well, I just knew he'd get to live his dream someday, it was inevitable. I've been
following his career ever since.
If it weren't for a great friend that insisted Chris audition for the show along with buying him a ticket
to Houston to audition, he wouldn't be this years Nashville Star. His friend knew that Chris really
wanted to be on the same label where his heroes recorded, guys like Keith Whitley, John Anderson, Ronnie Milsap and Alan Jackson.
Young says, "I knew they
were the best of the best,Ē so Chris auditioned and went through all those stressful voting
weeks, wondering if this was his time to finally get that record deal. I had no doubts, cause I knew
the kind of wonderful fans this gentleman has. He just had to win it, plus I knew when people heard
and saw the stage presence Chris has, they would vote for him for sure. Not that I wasn't
calling friends and family to vote and voting myself, I just felt it was that time for him to shine like
the star he is and always will be.
Well, now he has all that and more. A major record deal, even more faithful fans and his official
record released on RCA Sony and it is AMAZING! When you hear Chris sing on his CD, you hear the
real thing, it's like he's right there in your car or living room. His voice is pure and he can hit every
note with sheer perfection. You hear what you would hear if you saw him live.
He starts off the album with a bang with "Beer or Gasoline" how they cost the same and it's real hard
to choose which one, when you only have cash enough for one. With the price of gas these days,
this really hits home I'm sure with lots of people. I was fortunate to see The Nashville Star
Tour twice, when Chris performed this one, the crowds really responded to it. It's a real fun
song with a great up tempo beat, not one you just sit back and
listen to, you must get up and dance.
"Drinking Me Lonely" is the song that got Chris on Nashville Star and one he performed on the shows
"original night". He nailed it that night, with every judge saying some real nice things
about it. In my opinion, he had the title of "Nashville Star" the first night he sang, but others say that
he could have been crowned the night he sang "Drinking Me
Lonely." Chris says; "I've always believed in that song," which he wrote with his friend
Larry Wayne Clark. He received a lot of emails from people stating that they loved the song so he went
with that for "original night", even though he had many to pull from to which he has written. Chris'
talent goes on and on and he was able to put a few of his own songs on his debut album, a rocking
"Lay It On Me" and "Small Town, Big Time," both co-written with Tim James. He also
co-wrote a song with veteran David Lee Murphy on "Center Of My World." A song that will be a
favorite for weddings and proms, I just know it.
I was trying to pick a favorite on this album, but it's
real hard to do with such great songs and the way he sings all of them. But I have to mention the song
"Flowers" originally sung by Billy Yates. It really touched my heart and I can say that it is one of
the most beautiful yet sad songs, I've ever heard. It's a song
about being so blind about drinking and driving and losing someone you love,
then having to live with it for the rest of your life. Chris
you did a great job on that one, it's truly amazing. Chris' talent shows in all the songs on this album,
from up tempo to soft ballads, he shows what he can do with the amazing
talent God has
provided him with. Chris is not only a great singer/songwriter he is a awesome person as well. I have to
thank his Mom for all she has done to support him and bring him up the way she has. I could
go on and on about Chris but I'll let
you be the judge, just listen and I know you'll be taken in as much as I have with his talented
In Chris' words:
"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." "Still, Iím waiting for that day when I hear my song being played on the radio next to
George Strait and Brooks & Dunn. Thatís when Iíll celebrate. At that point, Iíll know my work is just
beginning, but Iíll also know that dreams do come true.Ē
I already can't wait for Chris' sophomore album, I know it will be worth the wait.
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1. Beer Or Gasoline
2. You're Gonna Love Me
3. Drinkin' Me Lonely
4. White Lightning Hit The Family Tree
5. Lay It On Me
7. Small Town Big Time
9. Center Of My World
10. I'm Headed Your Way, Jose
11. Who's Gonna Take Me Home
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I Am A Major Chris Young Fan.
I Met Him In Valdosta and I Loved Him The Very First Episode Of Nashville
Star. Ever Since He Won I've Been Sitting On Pins And Needles Waiting
For His CD Here's My Review:
1. "Beer Or Gasoline" Is A Fun,Comical Look At Gas Prices.
2. "You're Gonna Love Me" Is My Favorite song, What Girl Wouldn't Love Everything He Lists In
3. "Drinkin Me Lonely" Is A Beautifully Written And Sang
Song About Love Gone.
4. "White Lighting Hit The Family Tree" Is Hilarious And Reminds Me Of
A lot Of Family Reunions!
5. "Lay It On Me" Would Make Any Woman's Pulse Get Quicker!
6. "Burn" Is A Awesome Song About How Every Now And Then Something Good Happens To Balance The Bad.
7. "Small Town, Big Time" Is The Story Of Small Towns EveryWhere
Including My Own.
8. "Flowers" Is A Beautiful,And Sad Song About Not Realizing
The Consequences Of Drinking And Driving Till You Lose a
Loved One Forever.
9. "Center Of My World" Is Every Girl's Dream To Be The
Center Of Her Guy's World.
10. "I'm Headed Your Way Jose" Is A Funny Look At The Immigration Problems In America.
11. "Who's Gonna Take Me Home" Is A Rocking Song
And I Believe Anyone Would Volunteer To Take Chris Home!
~ Not Signed