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Chris Janson Celebrates First Chart-Topper, “Buy Me a Boat”

The rising star achieves his dream after 10 years of hard work.

Chris Janson (left) with “Boat” co-writer, Chris DuBois
photo by John Shearer/BMI

Passersby didn’t have much trouble figuring out whose No. 1 party was being hosted by performing rights organization BMI on Tuesday afternoon (Jan. 12). The three boats parked at the entrance of the building were a sure sign that friends, family and industry peers were gathering to celebrate Chris Janson’s first chart-topper, aptly titled “Buy Me a Boat.”

Buy Me a Boat – Oct. 30, 2015

While the lobby filled at BMI, a bigscreen TV above the stage played Chris’ video to get everyone amped up. Then the man of the hour and his “Boat” co-writer, Chris DuBois, took the stage to get the honors underway. Fellow songsmith Jeffrey Steele—who couldn't attend the party in person—sent Chris a personalized video congratulating him on the much-deserved success, a common thread throughout the afternoon as plaques, trophies and medallions were presented to the rising newcomer and his co-writer.

“I am really humbled by this,” Chris said before the party. “I had a list of goals I wanted to achieve when I moved to town, but this was pretty far off because it's viewed as unobtainable unless you get lucky. I’m grateful. Dreams come true if you put the work in. It will happen. This is my 10th year in Nashville, so it took me 10 years. I can tell you once it gets here, it feels pretty ‘overnight’ because time flies. I am proud of the road that got me here. It’s been challenging, but in a fun way. This is a pretty emotional day for me.”

The party drew out many famous faces to help celebrate with Chris, including Jerrod Niemann, LOCASH’s Preston Brust, Love and Theft’s Stephen Barker Liles, Nashville actor Charles Esten and hit songwriter Phil Barton.

For more on Chris’ rise, check out his Nash Next Artist Spotlight.

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