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Chris Young Celebrates No. 1 “I’m Comin’ Over”

Industry VIPS toast lucky seven.

photo by Alan Poizner/Monarch Publicity

It may have been bitter cold outside, but it was toasty warm last night (Jan. 11) on the third floor of Nashville’s Cannery Ballroom as industry execs, family and friends piled in to celebrate the chart-topping success of Chris Young’s most recent hit, “I’m Comin’ Over.”

And it wasn’t just warm from body heat. The energy was sizzling as the song was celebrated as a series of firsts: Chris’ first No. 1 as a producer, and his co-writers Josh Hoge and Corey Crowder’s first as writers. And, in surprise news, it was certified platinum that very morning.

Emotions ran high as each of the writers addressed the room, but Josh Hoge, a former touring musician and one of the founders of Nashville’s popular Whiskey Jam, began with a bit of levity expressing his gratitude that Chris Stapleton wasn’t eligible for this award, implying that Chris is winning everything else. He then became tearful as he thanked his friends and peers saying, “I gave up  Whiskey Jam, touring in a Jukebox Mafia with Miranda Lambert because I wanted to be a better father to my boy. I haven’t done a lot of things I'm very proud of, but being his dad and getting to do this with Chris and Corey are the coolest things that have ever happened to me.”

Corey, too, was emotional as he thanked his young son saying, “My little boy likes to go to the city, which is what he calls the Omni Hotel, to ride the moving stairs, the escalator, to throw pennies in the fountain. Last year he wished for Daddy to get a No. 1.”

In addition to thanking his co-writers for being vulnerable enough to write “I”m Comin’ Over,” Chris explained that this was his first banner on Music Row, referring to the signs publishing companies set out celebrating No. 1 records. His first publishing company, EMI, didn’t set signage becuase they had no lawn. He then signed to Sony and had two songs reach No. 2 and then a third go to No. 1, but he wasn’t a writer on that song. The crowd erupted into laughter as Chris said, “So, this was the first time. I drove over and got out of my car and took a picture of it.”

Representatives from Chris’ RCA record label were on hand to honor the writers with speeches, plaques and gifts, along with reps from ASCAP, SESAC, BMI, Sony ATV and Avenue Bank.

Chris’ has just released a new single, a duet with Cassadee Pope, called “Think of You,” from his album I’m Comin’ Over.


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