Chris Janson was a hot country music commodity even before he set sail on his own performing career.
The Missouri native, whose "Buy Me a Boat" was a platinum hit last year, made his reputation in Nashville as a songwriter, co-writing Tim McGraw`s 2012 smash "Truck Yeah" and Justin Moore`s "Off the Beaten Path" a year later. His songs have also been recorded by LoCash, Hank Williams Jr., Tyler Farr, Jerrod Neimann and Michigan's Frankie Ballard.
But, Janson says, nothing beats being the one the sing his songs -- especially when they're getting played on the radio.
"I feel privileged to have a job, and I'm glad that it's working as well as it is," Janson, 29, says from a tour stop in Texas. "I always wanted to be on the radio, so when I get to be it's a huge deal. 'Buy Me a Boat' kinda broke through in the biggest way possible. It changed the game for me."
That "game" began when Janson was a youth, learning to play a variety of instruments and starting to write songs in earnest during his late teens. He toyed with the idea of being a veterinarian, but Janson says that, "I was always doing music in and out of everything else. I thought it was hobby. It never crossed my mind to not have it be part of my life.
"When I started doing it as a job I didn't know what I was getting into, either. All I knew was to go play and try to make money. That's what I'm doing."
Jason -- who resides in Nashville with his wife Kelly Lynn and their four children -- is doing it well enough that he's booked every weekend for the rest of 2016. A second single, "Power of Positive Drinkin'," is on its way up the charts, and he has another song ("Song Number 7") on Randy Houser's next album, "Fired Up," that comes out March 11.
"I'm of the school what when you get a song recorded, by yourself or by a major recording artist, you've made it," Janson explains. "So every (song) individually gets the same treatment in my head, and if they make it to the radio beyond that it's just that much sweeter. It's icing on the cake.
"And even though I'm a recording artist myself now, it doesn't slow me down any. I still want to get cuts. I still want to get my songs recorded. I still want to release them personally as an artist, just as fast. I want to put a lot of music out there, as much as I can."
Chris Janson with Blake Shelton
7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 20.
The Palace, Lapeer Road at I-75, Auburn Hills.
Tickets are $45-$85.
Call 248-377-0100 or visit palacenet.com.
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