Chris Young Shares Details of Homemade High School Album

Chris Young Shares Details of Homemade High School Album
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - MARCH 07: Chris Young performs onstage during the 57th Academy of Country Music Awards at Allegiant Stadium on March 07, 2022 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Rich Fury/Getty Images for ACM)

Chris Young joined hosts Kelly Sutton and Amber Anderson on Amazon Music’s Country Heat Weekly podcast last week (March 17), where he shared inside details about the album he made during his senior year of high school. 

“I was finishing the project up while finals were going on,” says Young. “I was the very nerdy kid who was in advanced, honors english writing a thesis paper. I had a buddy of mine lend me his studio over in Franklin to sing vocals in, and that’s where we did the vocals. I was writing songs as fast as I could to get stuff prepared to go out. I did the art myself. You can tell that I did the art myself.” 

The singer adds that no one will ever get their hands on a copy of the album, but it was the first of a long stream of albums released by Young that eventually led him to a successful career in country music. Young also reflected on the start of his career, which came with its own set of hurdles before he made it big. 

“First of all, I got passed on by every label in town,” he says. “After I got my record deal, it was four years before I had something break [number] 37. I just got lucky with a lot of people that believed in me and my label deciding to keep me around, let me make a second record, putting me out on the road.” 

“It’s been really fun to see how all of that has paid off after that start. The people that have stuck around that I’ve known for a long time that really believed is really amazing,” he continues.

These days, Young is a multi-platinum selling singer who was the most-nominated artist at this year’s ACM Awards. He released his latest single, “At the End of the a Bar,” a duet with Mitchell Tenpenny, earlier this year. Hear more from Young’s interview on Country Heat Weekly here