Chris Young Says Musicals Helped Inspire Singing Career

His high school role in Les Misérables called for gray hair and extensions.

Chris Young’s video for “Tomorrow” is a major step forward for the singer—he takes on the romantic lead role in the sultry clip, portraying a man who realizes his fiery relationship isn’t working but doesn’t want to let it go just yet. “People have been excited to see it,” Chris tells CountryWeekly.com. “There’s a lot of firsts we did in this video. It was the first video where I’ve had my hat off. There’s a lot of things about the way we shot it that were different.”

It helps that this is far from Chris’ first acting experience—the 25-year-old singer participated in musical theater growing up and throughout high school. Chris says the experience is one of the things that gave him the courage to try music. “That’s one of the reasons I got into singing, when I was a kid a long time ago,” says Chris. “I did a lot of theater stuff and they were like, ‘Hey you should try to sing.’ I said, ‘Well, I can’t sing,’ and they said, ‘Well, you should try it.’ and I found out that I actually kinda could [sing].”

In high school, Chris performed in West Side Story, Evita and Les Misérables, in which he portrayed an obsessive, fanatical police officer. “I’m not really a tenor, so I always [played] whichever [character] sang the bass part. In Les Misérables, I was Javert, which was funny because the entire time I was in it, I had grown my hair out and had hair extensions in my hair, and it was dyed gray. I was a total choir nerd in high school. I was the guy going into math class with long gray hair,” he says, laughing. “Everyone was like, ‘We know what you do.’ That’s something I haven’t done in a long time but I enjoyed it in high school. I guess I’m going to find out if I can still do stuff like that!”

Judging from the fan reaction so far to the video for "Tomorrow," we think Chris has still got it.

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