Chris Young Knew Song Was Special When He Wrote It

He picks up two ACM nominations, including Single of the Year for "Tomorrow."

When Chris Young co-wrote "Tomorrow" with Frank Myers and Anthony Smith, he knew he had a hit on his hands. What he didn't know is that it would earn him an Academy of Country Music nomination for Single of the Year. "I woke up the next day [after writing the song] and listened to it and called both of my co-writers and said, 'This is going to be my first single,' and that was before we had even recorded it," Chris says. "I just loved the song that much."

In a twist of fate, Frank and Anthony were on Chris' bus when he got the news of his two ACM nominations, the other for Male Vocalist of the Year. Chris was in Baltimore with Miranda Lambert's On Fire Tour when his manager broke the news. "She called and said, ‘You’re nominated for Single of the Year,' and I said, ‘Sweet,’ and then she said, 'And Male Vocalist.’ I was floored that we got two and in those categories. Those are big categories.

“It’s something that I’ve hoped for and something that you work towards, but this is really special," Chris says of the Male Vocalist nomination. “I didn’t think it would be this soon. We basically went from being nominated for New Artist to Single of the Year and Male Vocalist." It’s a stout category that also includes Jason Aldean, Kenny Chesney, Brad Paisley and Blake Shelton. “I’m the new guy in there and I love it,” Chris says with a laugh.

So where in the casinos will we be able to find Chris when the ACMs come to Las Vegas on April 1? "I’ll play blackjack, but I’m more of a roulette/craps guy," he says. We won't bet against him.

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