Chris Young has been on a winning streak since he won "Nashville Star" in 2006.
The country singer and occasional songwriter has racked up four straight Top 10 albums -- including this year's "A.M." He's had five No. 1 country singles, while "Aw Naw," the first release from "A.M.," went Top 5. And he's won a pair of American Country Music Awards and one CMT Music Awards. So it's not surprising when Young, 28, says that life "has been a lot of fun for me."
"It's fun to be around when there's been some hits, No. 1s, gold records, platinum singles -- and especially with the same group of people," says Young, who's been on RCA since his self-titled debut came out seven years ago. "I always wanted to be on RCA. I was always a huge Keith Whitley fan, and there was obviously a lot of history with RCA with him, and even with Elvis (Presley). There's so many things that label is historic for.
"So having a home there and having been able to be in one place my whole career so far, that's pretty rare. Not everybody gets a chance to do that, and I definitely have counted myself lucky to be with a group of people who believe in me not have to go somewhere else and try to start over with a completely different group of people and hope that they believe in what I'm doing."
With "A.M.," meanwhile, Young is making a slightly different kind of music. Though he's made his mark primarily with ballads, the 11-song set -- with six tracks co-written by Young -- has "more uptempo songs than any record I've done before." And, he says, that was no accident.
"I've always felt like we capture my ballads well with what we put out on radio, and some midtempo stuff," Young explains. "But we haven't had a lot of true uptempo songs on a record, so we went out to do that.
"Ballads are part of it, too. There's definitely still the power ballad type of things and some midtempo, groovy songs. But this time it was really about making sure we had plenty of those uptempo songs to pick from, and that's why we led with one of them, 'Aw Naw,' which is doing really well. So it's good to see people get into that side of me, too."
Chris Young performs with Brad Paisley and Daniell Bradbery at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 23, at the Palace, Lapeer Road at I-75, Auburn Hills. Tickets are $25-$59.75. Call 248-377-0100 or visit www.palacenet.com.
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