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Chris Young Celebrates Gold Album, No. 1 Single

The Man I Want to Be sells more than 500,000 copies.

(L to R)Gary Overton (Chairman/CEO, Sony Music Nashville), Marion Kraft
(Shopkeeper Management), Anthony Smith (Songwriter), Chris Young,
Frank Myers (Songwriter), James Stroud (Producer)

Chris Young had plenty to celebrate Wednesday (Aug. 30) during a party held at the Nashville club Avenue. His 2009 album, The Man I Want to Be, has achieved gold status, selling more than 500,000 copies, as has his latest single, “Tomorrow.” The song also reached No. 1 on the BIllboard Country charts.

The chart-topping success of “Tomorrow” is sweet for Chris, who penned the song along with songwriters Frank Myers and Anthony Smith. “As a songwriter, there’s not much that is better than going to a No. 1 party, especially on a song that you wrote. When it’s you as a writer, that part of me as a writer finds it exciting. I love this song and we believed in this song when we wrote it,” he tells Country “You get to sit back and go, ‘Hey, we were on there. We did that right.’”

As industry guests munched on sausage hors d’oeuvres, Chris, Anthony and Frank were each awarded plaques commemorating their success. Not one to sit on his laurels, Chris is already looking ahead. “I’m not going to be mad if we get a gold record on [the latest album release] Neon, too. We’re in a middle slot now [on tour with Jason Aldean]. A year or two years down the road you want to be headlining your own tour and hopefully have new album at that point.”

Chris says he certainly feels the changes that these accomplishments mean for his burgeoning career. “Right now I’m so happy at where I'm at—the fact that we've had this run of No. 1 songs, we've had the first gold record. This is what I’ve always wanted to do. It feels like it’s coming together, like everything is gaining steam. More people who buy my album are getting who I am as an artist, who I am onstage with my band, and that's what you live for as an artist. You want, when you put something out, that people are anticipating it. I'm feeling that for the first time.”

The current issue of Country Weekly, with Chris on the cover, was displayed prominently at the party.


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