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Interview:
Chris Janson at Arts, Beats & Eats, 3 Things To Know
 

By Gary Graff
ggraff@digitalfirstmedia.com, @GraffonMusic on Twi

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Three years ago, Chris Janson sang about a desire to "Buy Me a Boat."



Two albums and a bunch of hits later, he can do more than that.



The Missouri-born country singer and songwriter's first two albums both made Top 10 debuts, while "Fix A Drink" and "Drunk Girl" (sensing a trend here?) from 2017's "Everybody" has kept the hit parade coming. His resume also includes co-writing songs for Tim McGraw, Hank Williams Jr., Lee Brice, Justin Moore, Michigan's Frankie Ballard and many others, but Janson's mostly focused on keeping his own story moving forward…



• Nearly a year after "Everybody's" release, Janson, 32, says by phone that, "It's certainly my favorite body of work, my best body of work -- so far. Even though it's my second album it kinda feels like my freshman record. Everything was kind of a blur the first time; I kinda lost myself 'cause we were moving so fast. But with "Everybody I had time to reflect and take my time in writing the songs and really get super creative with it." I'm really proud of that album.



• Back in February Janson was invited to become a member of the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville by Keith Urban. It was very, very emotional, just a big deal for me. That pretty much solidifies the term 'making it.' I'm really grateful. And it's so cool -- you get your own Opry mail box and you get a locker, all kind so stuff that's really neat, not to mention they treat you like a star when you walk into the Opry, period."



• Janson, a married father of four, co-wrote 11 of the 12 songs on "Everybody" and already has his third album in motion. "I'm constantly writing songs; It's all I do, literally, when I'm home in my off time. That’s rare, but I get it done. I'd say (the album) is pretty much on the horizon already. We're already recording for it and it's going good. I've probably got 20 songs in the can already, so there'll be a lot to choose from when the time comes."



If You Go



• Chris Janson



• 8 p.m. Monday, Sept. 3



• Michigan Lottery National Stage at Arts, Beats & Eats in downtown Royal Oak.



• Admission is $3-$7. VIP seating is available for an extra fee.



• Visit artsbeatseats.com.

Web Site: www.artsbeatseats.com

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